Drew and Bear do the Communities Conference

I had the lovely honor of stuffing myself in a car with @bear (and some Point A collaborators) and driving down to Central Virginia to attend the Twin Oaks Communities Conference.

The conference (or con as the cool kids say) brought together a number of intentional communities from around the world. It takes place each year at Twin Oaks a nearly 50 year old egalitarian income sharing community. Both @bear and myself think that intentional communities are very important allies for ALC as they typically already have experience in creating and maintaining the kind of culture at the heart of ALC.

On Sunday we hosted a info sharing session in the “Open Spaces” portion of the conference, which was basically like our daily intention setting and offerings practice.

Our session had about 10 people attend. We structured the presentation around a big kanban board with the column headers what we could do, what we will do, what we are doing, and what we have done. As questions came up or new topics emerged we would add them to the board. I love using the kanban to organize these kinds of meetings because it allows me to organize the meeting in a dynamic way while also modeling the tool.

Community Conference Kanban
Community Conference Kanban

We also used a Game Shifting board to facilitate the meeting space (and model the tool).

It should be said that Bear and I didn’t really “plan” very much of this event, we just shot from the hip and it was awesome!

We covered:

  • Played a connective game
  • What is ALC?
  • Tool: Kanban
  • Daily structure
  • Weekly cycle
  • How do we use this stuff in RL (Real Life) – i.e. how Bear and I used the tools and practices in our daily lives.
  • ALC & Experiential learning
  • Tool: Set the week
  • Tool: Change up Meeting and Community Mastery Board
  • What is an ALF?
  • Tool: Game Shift

I started by explaining the Kanban, then we moved into a connective game where bear had everyone mill around the space, make eye contact, then start saying hello, then stop and share with a person what you intended to get out of the conference. We then moved into playing “yes lets” where people suggest something to do then everyone says “yes! lets!” and we all do it. Our group stretched, jumped like a kangaroo, stood still in silence, sung a song made up on the spot, touched our toes, and sighed.

After the games we dove into what ALC was and then went over the tools and how we use them in real life. The Game Shifting Board was use to manage how we all interacted fairly successfully. We lead a real life Change Up Meeting using issues with the dish line as an example.

I felt like all this information went over very well and that overall the presentation was great! Later in the event I even stumbled upon a Kanban that someone else had made:

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Always the sign of a great success. I got this feedback on Facebook today as well:

I made a kanban today to handle the tasks I needed to accomplish. and I’m hooked. I love it. I can totally see parenting using the whole system…and my children and I using the CMB to bring up with citing issues and providing solutions. I can’t wait to learn more. Please keep me in the loop for any trainings or visitation days. Thanks!!

 

 

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Rebel Beach Bingo! Opening Group Game

I went out to an event for Flood the System last night in New York City. Flood the System is a decentralized group of activist organizations that are seeking to form action councils to coordinate actions across the world.

You can check out this presentation that was shared last night.

I want to talk about an awesome game that was played at the beginning of the event called Rebel Beach Bingo.

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So this game was a great way to introduce people to each other and learn a little bit about what people are passionate about. I got to share with a number of people that I played and instrument and that I’ve written the NLG (National Lawyer Guild) number on my arm.

It was also a great way to manage the late comers. People would file in late and enter a high energy space where everyone is playing a fun game.

Then someone yelled bingo! The facilitators took over and had everyone circle up. Where we then did a game called allies where people step into a circle when they agree or align with a certain statement.

In this context the person who got bingo read each question and said who signed their bingo card, then the signee stepped into the circle followed by anyone else who identified with the question. For instance, the first bingo item was Born and raised in NY, so everyone who was born and raised in NY stepped into the circle.

This game functioned to do a number of useful things:

  • Helped break the ice and introduce people to each other
  • Eliminated the need for a lengthy introduction go around
  • Created a buffer for late comers
  • The allies game allowed us to get a sense of who was in the room with us

By using both serious (“Has taken an anti-oppression workshop”) and silly (“Will do the funky chicken dance with you”) question they were able to expose certain truths about the group without making the whole process too heavy.

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