Global Citizens Circle was founded as New England Circle in 1974 in the aftermath of a turbulent decade of assassinations, wars, racial tension, and government upheaval as a way of gathering concerned people of diverse backgrounds and opinions to address critical issues of our time. Its original mission remains: “to foster diversity, discussion, and constructive change in ourselves, our nation, and our world.”
Through the decades and across tables and continents, the Circle has encouraged and inspired highly participatory, spirited conversations on race relations in the US, Northern Ireland’s troubles, South Africa’s struggles, children, families and community, homelessness, nuclear proliferation, the AIDS pandemic, China’s labor camps, Haiti and Cuba, and women’s rights — to name but a few.
Everyone at a Circle discussion has an equal voice so world leaders and locals from all sectors (community, business, academia, etc.) talk with each other about not only the challenges, but also the solutions to our world’s most pressing concerns.
The Dunfey family founded and funded decades of Circles free of charge to ensure diverse engagement. We believe it’s a tradition worth saving as we transition to a diversely funded and led non-profit. True inclusion is inviting students and those from socioeconomic brackets who would otherwise not have access (90% of participants) to policy makers or leaders.
View an image gallery of Circles Since 1974, including our 2017 program in South Africa.