The word Ujima ("oo-JEE-mah") is a  Ki ("kee") Swahili* word that means "Collective Work and Responsibility": To build and maintain our community together and to make our brother's and sister's problems our problems and to solve them together".  Ujima  is exactly what this project...this movement... is all about.

   *Swahili (Kiswahili among its speakers) is a Bantu language spoken in East and Central Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi, Rwanda and Burundi, Somalia, and the Comoro Islands

​​Project Ujima, Inc.​.

Collective work and responsibility

​​Try it The Ujima Way!

Going from Deliberating to Action to Assessing Progress​​

Sharing the Discussion Circle Process:
We would be happy to share the discussion process and structured way of going from talk to action with the many groups and organizations that serve our community (churches, neighborhood block clubs, PTAs, sororities/fraternities, business associations, etc.). 

Upon request, Project Ujima can provide trained moderators to:
1) Demonstrate the discussion circle (deliberative dialogue) process using a         pre-framed discussion (please see sample list of National Issues            

    Forum Guides, at the bottom of this page), and/or      

2) Provide the following moderator services: 
    Meet with you to learn about the issue or concern your organization,                 association or group would like to work through.

   Create a framework for a two-part Discussion Circle.
   Moderate the two part discussion circle.
   Provide typed up meeting notes between discussion circles.

   Offer an implementation template to use to define next steps, assignments      and time-frames to implement that/those action step(s) your group reached    common ground on at the end of the discussion circle process. 

   Hold a JOP (Judging Our Progress) Circle after an agreed upon time, to

   assess the progress made on implementing the action(s) step(s).

Here are some things people are saying​ who have gone through the training…

“I’m more of an introverted person but now I’m coming out of my shell. I think the moderators do a really good job of helping people learn how to speak. I like the way the circles are developed so everyone can have a say. That’s one of the impacts. We listen to each other. Pros, cons, tradeoffs. And it starts to work in your head. And you get things done.”

“I really think that people hone in on some serious skill-building in every area of their life as they learn how to do this.They feel more empowered. I know I do.”

“...You get leadership skills.You strengthen the skills that you already have and you teach others how to do that, so that’s part of the process.”

“It gave me the tools I needed to not get too stuck on things not flowing in a certain way.The tools are important, and they show you how to keep the meeting flowing, and I mean in an effective kind of flow... But when you go back to the training and talk about it with other moderators, you can find some solutions, and with suggestions by the other moderators in the group and the co-managers in the group, you find ways to get around this and maintain the positive attitude. It helped me with those skills.”

“I was more prepared by this than in my other community work. This was a tool I could actually use. It is far more of a framework than I had previously had.”​

Moderator Training​​

We offer two-day Moderator Training workshops each year, once in the Fall and again in the Spring, where you can learn the basic skills of moderating a structured deliberative discussion circle. 

The Fall workshop is offered on the last Saturday of September and the first Saturday of October. The Spring workshop is offered on the last Saturday of February and the first Saturday of March.  The workshop day runs from 9:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m. It is free of charge and a certificate of training is awarded upon completion of the two-day workshop.

Once completing the workshop, we offer opportunities to “moderators-in-training” to participate in reflection and refresher sessions!

National Issues Forum 
Issue Guides

America's Future: What Should Our Budget Priorities Be?

Bullying: How Do We Prevent It?

Youth and Violence: Reducing the Threat

Looking for Answers Together: How Should We Nurture Children to Be Healthy and Make Better Choices?

Success in School, Ready for Life: How Can We Help More Students Graduate from High School?

Economic Security: How Should We Take Charge of Our Future?

Preparing Today's Kids for Tomorrow's Jobs: What Should Our Community Do?

Sustaining Ourselves: How Can We Best Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow?​Type your paragraph here.