What Is a Boma Circle? Boma Circles are self-organized community actions and events hosted weekly or monthly by local community members and volunteers with the goal of driving impact, action and outcomes. Boma Circles work to identify local innovations, bridge opposing points of view, and drive scalable impact through the use of Boma Circle Formats. The more diverse your Boma Circles are the richer your community actions.
Boma Circle Values & Purpose: All Boma Circles and all community activities should strive to embody the vision, principles, and spirit of Boma and create a community that positively impacts your schools, towns, cities and the greater Boma ecosystem. Our goal is to work with you to develop a worldwide network of local ecosystems that help people think differently, solve the world’s most pressing issues, and drive maximum impact both locally and globally. Boma is a global, open, learning and community-driven network. Local innovations and success stories will be shared across the global ecosystem to encourage learning and growth.
Specifically, Boma Circles strive to:
Benefits of Organizing a Boma Circle:
Boma Circle Formats: To cultivate a rich dialog, your Boma Circle should include people from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. Here are just a few event formats other community members are prototyping. For more information, see our resources toolkit.
Starting a Boma Circle: To launch your own Boma Circle you need to:
Governance: Boma Circle activities are led by volunteers. The goal of your Boma Circle is to build a vibrant local and regional community. Circle activities should not be profit centers. You may charge a nominal fee to cover all activities.
The Boma Impact Ecosystem: Boma Circles are managed in collaboration with Boma Country partner. If no country partner exists in the region currently, volunteers will work in collaboration with Boma Global. Circle activities must be primarily and explicitly for impact (i.e. aligned to the SDGs), and must be financially and socially inclusive to all members of your community.
Naming Your Boma Circle: Your Boma Circle is named after the city or neighbourhood you live in, nonprofit you represent or school you attend. Your Circle’s name must be approved by the Boma Global team or Country Partner team before launching. Example: Boma Nashville Circle.
Branding Your Circle: You and your leadership team must review and agree to the following Boma Branding Guidelines.
Theme: Consider picking a theme for your Boma Circle action or initiative. Ideally this theme maps onto the UN SDGs.
Fundraising Best Practices:
Posting to YouTube & Live Streaming:
All Boma Salon talks or Boma expert videos must be uploaded to your Boma Circle playlist on YouTube. We are excited about experimenting with new video formats — short form content “Boma Bytes” and more.
The Boma Video Manual and Guidelines can be found here.
Posting to Medium:
Boma is an emergent network and platform. Collaboration, learning and sharing is at the core of our Boma principles. Storytelling is key to learning. If you don’t tell your Boma Circle story, the Boma community and the rest of the world will not know what you are up to and will not learn from your community's ideas and successes. Boma Global will amplify your stories by reposting to our Boma Global Medium publications. Our Boma Medium Guidelines can be found here.
Posting to Social Media:
We encourage you to post to all social media channels. The name you use on your social media channels should mirror your Boma Circle name. Here are some basic social media, PR and communication guidelines.
As part of Boma’s DNA please support, collaborate and promote other Boma initiatives in your local ecosystem. The more you promote other Boma Circle actives the more they will promote you.
Boma Community Commons:
Boma is a learning & sharing network. Your success is everybody's success. We ask that you share your ideas, resources, collateral, and success stories with the rest of the community by:
We Want Your Feedback:
Your feedback is critical to the ongoing evolution, innovation, and collaboration of our Boma global community.
Please provide feedback after your Boma Circle and let us know what did or did not work.
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