@reef-governance has discussed organising regular study groups for the concepts that are particularly important for a project such as ours, both in terms of manifesting the vision and sustaining a well-functioning community.
The idea is to have two study groups a month, one for sociocracy and one for NVC. Obviously, this will be a bit much for those of us who are already feeling overloaded with the number of meetings and tasks already taking place, but for others we hope it will be a welcome opportunity to become more familiar with these two essential concepts. Here’s how we envision these two study groups happening, but feel free to make suggestions if you can see a better way of doing it
For the sociocracy study group, this would take place once a month online. Initially it would involve discussing one particular chapter of the ‘Many voices, one song’ book. Later, we could focus more deeply on a particular aspect of sociocracy, and there’s no shortage of teaching and learning materials online. I would be happy to facilitate the first few sessions, with the idea that others would do so later.
For the NVC study group, this would take place once a month in person. There are two reasons for doing it in this way rather than online: firstly, as those of us who did the 6-hour course recently discovered, it’s a bit more of an intimate process, which involves a certain amount of vulnerability, thus more compatible to being together; secondly, it’s a chance to combine it with a brunch, lunch or other activity, creating a nice excuse to spend some social time together. We could recreate some of the activities from the 6-hour course, as there was often not enough time to do them all, or find others online. Initially, we thought this group would only involve those who had done the 6-hour course, but actually now I think it should be open to whoever wants to be involved. Once again, I would be happy to facilitate the initial sessions, unless anyone else wanted to do so.
As these are voluntary exercises, there’s no need to put it to the group for consent (I think), so if you are interested in one or the other of these study groups, express your interest below. As always, any comments, feedback, suggestions, etc. welcome…