If you prefer video to audio, you can find many of these recordings on YouTube: www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOjcWjpjOqzbV9T3tSR6O7z_eic-Puqaa
More info at www.microsolidarity.cc
MicrosolidarityJun 21, 2021
Berlin Microsolidarity Project - Nicki Endres & Richard D. Bartlett
Ambivalent Leadership - Richard D. Bartlett & Johnson Hsieh
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Summer Camps 2023 Reflections & Network Retro
In this month's Network Call, the hosts and participants of this year's two Summer Camps (in the US and Germany) share some reflections on their experiences.
Listen in also for a retrospective of the last 6 month's of our Network: What are we celebrating? Where do we sense untapped potential? What has been challenging? And what do we want to explore now?
If you're a Network member, feel free to add to the retro board via this link.
Troika Consulting Takeaways
In this month's Network Call, our small intimate group of 6 tuned in from the US, Europe and Asia to tap into each other's wisdom, support and creativity with a Troika Consulting practice. Tune in to hear our reflections and takeaways!
VibeCamp 2 Debrief w/ Brooke
Links mentioned in the conversation:
Previous interview with Brooke: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/Microsolidarity/episodes/VibeCamp-Debrief-with-Brooke-e1ffnat
Critter's reflections from his experience as a VibeCamp participant: https://t.co/gB9q3LWcBS
Community Village, the Berlin Microsolidarity Project & the Microsolidarity Research Crew
Listen along this month as Caleb Tenenbaum shares about his community-based meditation program, Community Village, Nicki and Jocelyn share about the Berlin Microsolidarity Project, and Abi gives us an update on the Network's very own Research Crew!
Here are few further links mentioned in the call:
Microsolidarity Summercamps! USA Europe Microsolidarity Practice Programs (June 6 - 15th) Learn the basic Microsolidarity concepts and connect & practice with other community builders! Registration is now open! If you're a microsolidarity practitioner you can become a member and join our calls by contributing a minimum of €3/month via our Open Collective
Understanding Change + a Micro-Insurance Scheme Proposal?
Tune in here for a summary of this month's Microsolidarity Network Call! This month Community Alchemist Lana Jelenjev ran a skill share session on the Satir Change Model, while a 'network support' breakout room allowed space to chew on a proposal for collectivising the financial risks of running community events. Could we have a new network "micro-insurance" scheme in the works? LINKS to further info: Download the full Satir Model guide here. (Put MICROSOLIDARITY in the coupon code to get it for free) Learn more about Understanding Organisational Change from Lana! Check out her upcoming courses through The Hum. See the Doc outlining the new "micro-insurance" scheme here Your feedback and critical thinking is very welcome :) And, if you'd like to help get the ball rolling, we welcome any contributions you'd like to throw into the hat! Microsolidarity Summercamps! USA Europe Microsolidarity Practice Programs (June 6 - 15th) Learn the basic Microsolidarity concepts and connect & practice with other community builders! Registration is now open - click here!
If you're a microsolidarity practitioner you can become a member and join our calls by contributing a minimum of €3/month via our Open Collective
Companionship and Support for Being with the Trouble
Catch a snapshot of the vibe and explorations during the Microsolidarity Network Call on 6th April 2023.
Solving Loneliness as a Nomad - Johnson Hsieh & James Baker
Reflecting on the experience of building microsolidarity crews while living on the road.
Microsolidarity Summer Camp!?
Learnings from Hosting "Embodying Collective Transformation" with Karl Steyaert
Karl Steyaert is an IFS Practitioner, NVC Trainer, Therapist, Transformational Facilitator, and general change agent. Together with Jocelyn Ames, Catherin Tran, and Nadine Helm, he hosted three back-to-back month-long “Embodying Collective Transformation Residencies” at the Life Itself Hub in Bergerac France, in the fall of 2022.
In this conversation, we explore some of the lessons learned from running this massive community experiment. It feels like we only scratched the surface. Still, there are definitely some nuggets in there, including topics like framing an event like this, being explicit about the purpose of any gathering, the nuanced challenges around leadership that come with shifting roles during an event, how living together in a close container produces a lot of learning material for personal growth and how inner and interpersonal work relate to the “world work”.
To get informed when the ECT team puts up new offerings, you can sign up for the newsletter of the Cultural Catalyst Network: https://culturalcatalystnetwork.org/contact/
For a deep dive into this project's philosophical and ideological underpinning, you can check out this conversation with Karl and Theo on the Life Itself Podcast: https://lifeitself.org/podcast/embodying-collective-transformation-with-karl-steyaert
Jonas also wrote a series of articles on his own learnings from participating in the November residency. You can find them here: https://jonasgroener.com/learnings-from-the-embodying-collective-transformation-residency/
More about Microsolidarity: https://microsolidarity.cc
Debriefing after a climate activist gathering w/ Jonas Gröner
A conversation with Jonas Gröner reflecting on his recent gathering of climate justice activists from around Vienna, Austria.
You can catch up on our previous conversation here: https://anchor.fm/Microsolidarity/episodes/Weaving-Social-Fabric-With-Climate-Justice-Activists-e1jnoei
More about Jonas: https://jonasgroener.com/
More about microsolidarity: http://microsolidarity.cc
Morgan & Rich reflecting on the Denver 2022 gathering
video of our conversation is here: https://youtu.be/SGvr4r_hB28
find out more about Morgan's work at Morganic Movement - https://morganicmovement.my.canva.site/
BridgeSpace Commons PDX & Microsolidarity
Ioan, Josh & Rich talk about the joys & challenges of organising a new community centre in Portland OR
learn more about the Community Mastery Board here: https://drew.agilelearningcenters.org/alc-one-pagers/
and support Microsolidarity here: https://opencollective.com/microsolidarity
Reflecting on our Denver Microsolidarity Gathering in October 2022
Rich Bartlett, Lisa-Marie Pierre, and Jordan Lyon reflect on our experiences and harvest our learnings from an Autumn 4-day Microsolidarity gathering in Denver, CO from October 26th-29th.
Video here: https://youtu.be/p0y4qGz0pXQ
More about Microsolidarity: http://microsolidarity.cc
Neighborhood Organising in Pennsylvania - Seth Bush & Richard D. Bartlett
I spoke with Seth Bush, who is organising his local neigbhorhood in Pennsylvania. It sounds like they’re having an awesome time at the hyper-local scale, creating more connections between neighbours and exchanging mutual aid.
We talked about legal structures for collective finances, how to scale from one neighbourhood to many. We also talked about how microsolidarity is coming from a slightly different set of priorities compared to the main currents of the contemporary social justice movement.
At the end of the convo, Seth gave me some great advice about how to be a better coach.
Seth & I are mutual friends of Jonas Gröner, who I spoke with in a previous episode: https://anchor.fm/Microsolidarity/episodes/Weaving-Social-Fabric-With-Climate-Justice-Activists-e1jnoei
Join us in Discord: https://discord.gg/Kp2xVuSFAX
And find out more about microsolidarity here: https://www.microsolidarity.cc/
Introducing 7 communities from the Microsolidarity Network
Here's a recording from our monthly Microsolidarity Network Call, hosted by Jocelyn. Video is here.
- Drew & Caroline - Shared Ground, Denver - http://sharedground.co
- Diana - Blivande, Stockholm - http://blivande.com
- James - Intentional Society - https://intentionalsociety.org/
- Nicole - Primal Gathering - https://primalgathering.co/
- Lisa-Marie - Crewing in New York - http://limapea.com
- Rick - Medley, Berlin - https://medley.berlin/
- Jonas - The Node, Vienna - https://derknoten.wien/
If you want to join us for the next monthly network call, see here: https://www.microsolidarity.cc/participate/events
Primal Gathering: regenerative community building with Nicole Bosky
Primal Gathering is an environmentally, socially and psychologically regenerative gathering used to restore people, forests and ecosystems all over the world. This year, they’re planting 1000 trees in Lagos, Portugal, in between yoga classes & live concerts & permaculture workshops. Nov 17-20. Info & tickets: https://primalgathering.co/reforestation-vale-da-lama-2022
They've just published a handbook explaining their approach to community building: https://primalgathering1.gitbook.io/community-as-a-practice/
More about microsolidarity: http://microsolidarity.cc
Catalyzberlin Debrief with Ananta
Talking with @kaisoapbox about his experience organising a gathering for twitter friends, with his hosting team: @herrowna, @zrkrlc, @michhmatch, @aballrolling & @amirism_
Kai's thread of upcoming camps: https://twitter.com/kaisoapbox/status/1552288561638289408
Rival Voices' post-jesscamp thread: https://twitter.com/nosilverv/status/1501171643393191938
Notable mentions: @frideswyth @nosilverv @m_ashcroft @gptbrooke @tpotvibecamp @Aella_Girl @visakanv
Past interviews with organisers:
- Silvia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu_jNf6Eqpk
- Brooke: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaQqVBGYPQA
More about microsolidarity: http://microsolidarity.cc
a roadmap for high-trust communities
more at http://microsolidarity.cc
Twitter is for Making Friends - Catalyzbon Event Debrief - Silvia Bastos
This conversation is about using Twitter to make meaningful community. Rich is in conversation with Silvia, who recently organised a 30-person gathering in Lisbon. The fundraiser Silvia mentioned: https://www.gofundme.com/f/buddi-and-hap-relief-fund Join us in the Microsolidarity Discord: https://discord.gg/Kp2xVuSFAX More at: http://microsolidarity.cc
Weaving Social Fabric With Climate Justice Activists
A conversation with Jonas Gröner about his plans to create more community among the climate justice activists in Vienna, Austria. More about microsolidarity: http://microsolildarity.cc
What We Learned From the 1st Gathering of Microsolidarity Practitioners
Learn more about Microsolidarity here: http://microsolidarity.cc
Learn more about Doomer Optimism here: https://anchor.fm/doomer-optimism
and here: https://doomeroptimism.substack.com/
Managing Participation Inequity in a Housing Coop
Polarity Management tweet is here: https://twitter.com/RichDecibels/status/1361705188285906945
Learn more about Microsolidarity here: http://microsolidarity.cc
Karl Steyaert interview before Microsolidarity Gathering
1st Microsolidarity Gathering is happening in Belgium May 2022 (now sold out).
If you want to join the 2nd gathering, in USA in November, see http://microsolidarity.cc for more info.
More about Karl: http://www.karlsteyaert.com/about/
VibeCamp Debrief with Brooke
Cults & Community Heartbreak with QC
Community & Uncertainty - repost from Reach Truth Podcast
Richard Bartlett speaks with Tasshin Fogleman about Enspiral, microsolidarity, collapse, cults, DAO's, and more.
Originally published on the Reach Truth Podcast:
James Baker, founder of Intentional Society, speaking with Richard D. Bartlett about their community building experience, especially focussed on questions of how to decentralise leadership. Their website is here: https://intentionalsociety.org/
Blivande - 1st team retreat - Oct 2021
A conversation with Diana Monsberger, community organiser at Blivande house in Stockholm. They're having their first team retreat soon, so Diana talked with Rich about how to design the gathering.
- how to work with 35 people
- how to include people who don't desire structured intimacy
- how to make it fun and not too serious
- how to include people who can't participate for the full duration of the retreat
- how to encourage people to speak with people they wouldn't otherwise connect with
- how to connect the newbies with people who have been around for longer
- what kinds of rituals can work in this community
- Blivande House: https://www.blivande.com/
- Troika Consulting: https://www.liberatingstructures.com/8-troika-consulting/
- Open Space: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Space_Technology
- Authentic Relating: https://authenticrelating.co/what-is-ar/
- Jojojo question cards: https://www.jojojo.cards/
Enspiral Europe - 1st Gathering
Silvia Bastos is one of the co-hosts of the recent Pico Island gathering: https://anchor.fm/Microsolidarity/episodes/Pico-Island-Congregation---1st-Summer-Gathering---June-2021-e136g6k
She interviewed Richard Bartlett, one of the co-hosts of the recent Enspiral Europe gathering.
Video of this conversation is available here: https://youtu.be/W6T65zm2Jl4
Mentioned in this conversation:
Pico Island Congregation - 1st Summer Gathering - June 2021
Silvia Bastos, Michal Korzonek & Richard D. Bartlett have a "debrief" conversation after the first gathering of their microsolidarity community in Pico Island, off the coast of Portugal.
Lavishly documented here: https://pico.microsolidarity.cc/projects/summer-gathering-2021
Join the next Microsolidarity practice program: http://thehum.org/microsolidarity
More about the Microsolidarity project: http://microsolidarity.cc
Video of this conversation: https://youtu.be/4CmvciBqGTk
Joshua Vial & Richard D. Bartlett: the journey of a community founder
Joshua Vial is the founder of Enspiral: we talk about what it's like to be a community founder, how to decentralise power, creating adult-to-adult relationships, vision, experimentation, safety & harm, freedom & responsibility... and lots of other good stuff :)
If you're not familiar with Enspiral, here's some introductory links:
- a 2 min video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY6eZIbgNrM
- a 30 min presentation from Alanna Irving: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ABqCgKi4X0
- an interview with Jim Rutt and me https://www.jimruttshow.com/rich-bartlett/
Video from this conversation available here: https://youtu.be/1_3OxvUkPPo
Cultural Catalyst Network - Presentation from Karl Staeyert & Leonie Smith
Microsolidarity in Maastricht, pt 2
Previous episode is here: https://anchor.fm/Microsolidarity/episodes/Microsolidarity-in-Maastricht-pt-1-ebnh65
Bea + Josh are starting a new microsolidarity community in Maastricht in the Netherlands. This is their second conversation with Rich & Nati where they present their plans and seek feedback. We talk about crews, how to develop a sense of shared ownership & participatory culture, and meeting online vs in person.
More info: http://microsolidarity.cc
Cultural Catalyst Network - conversation with Karl Steyaert & Richard D. Bartlett
Video of this conversation here: https://youtu.be/QL6ajLeaBA0
Karl shares his plans for a new community of practice he is about to launch; Rich gives feedback; then they get deeper into the personal questions of what it is like to be us doing this community weaving work at this time.
- digital connection with physical distance
- choosing which 1 thing to work on and which 9 things to put down (how to delegate)
- Internal Family Systems Therapy and how it applies to our roles
- going with the dao of life, moving from inspiration not obligation
- a 21st century ashram that is non dogmatic, a life giving structure that creates the routines and structures that bias towards healthy interior states
- practicing aikido, making music
Karl's recommended resources here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1muX7TuVo-XiJujrRevxJW1MGAE6FgBD1ymZS6Mh8ze0/edit#
Cultural Catalyst Network: http://culturalcatalystnetwork.org/
More on microsolidarity here: http://microsolidarity.cc
Courage & Cooperation: interview with Ari in the Air & Richard D. Bartlett
2x7x2 Relational Practice with Ronan Harrington and Richard D. Bartlett
A little taste to show you what we mean by microsolidarity: Ronan speaks for 7 minutes, Rich reflects back for 2 minutes, then they switch roles. An extremely simple relational practice that can make a big difference in less than half an hour.
Markel Cormenzana and Richard D. Bartlett get to know each other
Microsolidarity in Maastricht pt 1
Bea + Josh are starting a new microsolidarity community in Maastricht in the Netherlands. This is their first conversation with Rich where they present their plans and seek his feedback. We talk about leadership, facilitation, boundaries, and the tension between abstraction and practice.
More info: microsolidarity.cc
Nati and john talking about pods at Enspiral
Discussion about Crews at Enspiral Summer Retreat 2019
Here's a conversation recorded at the big annual gathering of Enspiral, talking about the very practical side of starting and running Crews. This recording is annotated with lots of links, over here:
Links & background here: https://www.microsolidarity.cc/discussing/research-questions