Growing a tribe that re-envisions the way we live together in society.

We can grow tribes that template a new society.

 

Step 1: Bring together people for a deep inquiry into the patterns that we live in.

(i) Creating a space where we are listening empathically, and also from a higher consciousness field. The group can begin with connection exercises

(ii) Allow stories and insight to come and be shared. People share from a deeper place from within. Questions that can be used as inquiry questions

a. What is community
b. What experiences of community have you had
c. In what ways do existing structures happen us in behaving as we truly would like?
d. What kind of structures in society might help us in creating the way we live?
e. What would be a deep connection to land that we can have?
f. How can we connect more deeply to place?
g. How do you want to relate to each other
h. What kind of space allows you to be authentic with each other
i. How would you like to connect with the earth as a group
j. What kind of commitments would you like to be with each other
k. What values would you like your tribe to have?
l. What kind of sharing of resources is possible
m. How can we move money flow in better ways? How can we pool money for better usage?
n. What are  forms of ownership are possible? What things could we have shared ownership of?
o. What kind of commons can we create? Within a tribe? Within a neighborhood? Within a network of tribes?
n. What would you like tribe to do?
o. Are there functions a tribe can do better societal institutions that were made for that function?
p. How would a tribe to govern itself?
q. How would you like to live together? (eg. co-housing, ecovillage, separate apartments etc)
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(iii) This rumination on these questions can happen over several weeks, in community, and also on ones own.
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Step 2: Form a regularly meeting circle for your tribe
From the step 1 inquiry there may be people who want to create a tribe together, and explore building new community living projects.
These circles can have any of the three following parts
(i) Connection exercises. These are exercises that connect us deeply . Some examples of such exercises are from different facilitation techniques like Insight Dialogue, The Way of Council, T-group, Circling, Authentic Relating, The Work that Reconnects and Heart Circles.

(ii) Resource sharing. People can share what needs they have eg. dogwalking, editing help etc. And others in the group can offer to help. This is the gift circle process.

(iii) Community Living projects. This is a process that unfolds over time . From the answers to the questions from step 1, and from looking at needs that arise in the resource sharing exercise, the group can look at what kind of projects it wants to create together. Its good to start with small projects and work up to larger projects. And to work with quick prototypes then move to larger functioning systems.  The group can use a variety of facilitation processes to envision what to do , and also to activate – Theory U, Appreciative Inquiry, Dragon Dreaming, Lean Startup.

These can be different resource sharing projects like  pooling your money together for emergency funds account, co-living projects, buying real estate together, foodshares, gardening parties, skillshares.  Shareable.net provides a good list of possible projects.

Step 3: Form working groups

Different teams form around different projects. They can meet outside the regularly circle, as well as have presentation time within the regular circles of step 2.

Step 4: Linking with other tribes and organizations

Various partnerships, commons, resources sharing can be built with other tribes and groups to form a network and ecosystem.

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