What does the pandemic response mean for local leaders around the United States? How can we best support local leaders during this challenging time? 

NCoC’s Learn, Ask, & Share Circles are an initiative focused on bringing community leaders together to share information, tools, and resources to adapt our democracy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this initiative, NCoC will organize national and community leaders around various topics that advance full participation in our democracy.

All Learn, Ask, & Share calls will take place as collaborative zoom calls.

Have topics you want us to cover? Fill out this quick one-minute form.


Learning Circles

Every Wednesday at 2pm ET, NCoC is organizing virtual “Learning Circles” about one of these issues, going in-depth for 60-90 minutes and taking as many questions as we can.

Learning Circle Schedule:

March 25th, 2p ET – Shifting to Vote by Mail with Dana Chisnell – registration closed

Resources from Learning Circle

April 1st, 2p ET – Managing Anxiety and Leading with Morra Aarons-Mele

In the midst of confusion and uncertainty, how do you strike the right tone – and manage your own anxiety – all while leading your community? How can you work with your community members and stakeholders to reduce collective anxiety?

Morra Aarons-Mele, a social impact expert and host of the podcast The Anxious Achiever, joins us for our next Learning Circle, “Managing Anxiety and Leading.” She’ll discuss strategies to reduce your own anxiety as well as your colleagues and community’s anxiety as we navigate the challenges COVID-19 presents.

April 8th – TBD

April 15th TBD


Ask & Share Circles

NCoC is also organizing “Ask & Share” circles every Thursday at 2p ET – small, open-ended, and collaborative group discussions on topics that are most helpful to you. These are meant for leaders to work together during this time and share tools, resources, and information.

Please reach out to conference@ncoc.org if you would like to be a part of these small-group “Ask & Share” circles.

We have “Ask & Share” circle openings on the following days:

April 2nd

April 9th

April 16th

April 23rd


Have any questions about NCoC’s Learn, Ask, and Share Circles? Reach out to conference@ncoc.org!

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