This post is for seeking support for my two month Holacracy Learning Pilgrimage in US. I am looking for organisations or businesses working with Holacracy and who are open to have me be at their spaces so I can learn from their experience of being with Holacracy.
I have been exploring living, learning and sharing ways to build authentic relationships and collaborative processes with Nonviolent Communication(NVC) and Sociocracy for last few years. For deepening my practice and bring my learnings to the world I have also initiated an organisation AhimsaGram, which is for practicing these processes in order to learn them deeply and offer them to the larger community. We are now registered as a proprietorship firm with Government of India registered by Shammi Nanda. Ours is a business with a commitment to social change and we have created a community space in Jaipur, India. See our Vision, Mission and Aim here. At Ahimsagram we are now governing ourselves with Holacracy, which is a self organised management system.
Adventures with Collaboration: My Journey on these subjects has been full of celebrations and challenges. When I search for organisations, groups or movements which work with the spirit of co-creation where each person has autonomy with their work while holding interdependence with others, I am hardly able to find any or just a few around me. I mostly found people working with different forms of control and command structures, sometimes they are open and sometimes they work under a shadow power figures. I had initiated AhimsaGram two years ago to see if we humans can work together for a shared purpose? Some people joined the team to live this exploration with me and am grateful for whatever time and energy they put into this exploratory project.
This journey to create the world of my dream has at times been extremely difficult, sometimes to the point of extreme pain and hopelessness and at times along with deep hurt and resentment with the other team members. There were moments when I was about to come to a ‘conclusion’ that human beings are only meant to work with domination and control, right and wrong, punishment and reward. Yet, there were moments, when there was trust, inspiration, shared authority and an authentic spirit of co-creation playing itself in actions. I give a lot of credit to NVC and Holacracy for these moments. I realised that most of us were behaving in response to our contexts, which we had inherited from the dominant systems, which rely on control and command principles for organising teams. I realised that when the systems change, it leads to the change in the contexts, which impacts the way we act in those different contexts. I am seeking to find and create processes and systems which can change the context to make them more suitable for distribution of power and allows human beings to come to their deep spiritual place while contributing their gifts to the universe.
Holacracy – The Promise to Self Organise: I also experienced beautiful moments of collaboration, autonomy arising from distributed authority, self responsibility and synergy while we are governing Ahimsagram with Holacracy. As we have gone deeper with it lately, our meetings are becoming more effective and we are able to build the organisation day by day by creating appropriate roles, accountabilities and policies. Having been inspired by Holacracy in the last one year, I now chose to go for this practitioner training in USA and to visit organisations working there with different tools and processes for fostering co-creation.
Holacracy Learning Pilgrimage: I am taking this learning journey in US for a period of about three months from 13 April to 5 June, 2018. I have already completed Holacracy Practitioner Training from 16th to 20th April with Holacracy One, a company which created Holacracy. Details of the five day training are at https://goo.gl/5NHJzT.
I am now travelling in the US for another one and half month, visiting organisations, eco villages and businesses which are using Holacracy and other collaborative practices. I would refer to my journey as as a pilgrimage as I believe that these learnings can change my life at a deep spiritual level by giving me ways to create and governance systems which work in the spirit of co-creation. This learning is eventually going to enrich me and my community and contribute towards creating a more humane world.
Collecting Harvests and Sharing the Learnings: I will be capturing and harvesting stories of Holacracy implementation, the celebrations and challenges of those who have practiced it and are at various stages of their journeys, making videos, podcasts, blogs and other learning materiel during my journey.
Here is details about some of the organisations that I plan to visit during my trip to US during my journey.
I need lot of support from the community and well wishers to make this journey happen.
How could you support this Journey?
- If you are practicing Holacracy and your organisation is willing to have me be with you, for a period of 2 to 6 days please write to me at email@example.com. I also like to share Nonviolent Communication(NVC), my work on food and healing, as well as organic farming, in the spirit of gift as I travel around the country during this pilgrimage. You will have a glimpse of my offerings if you are open to receive them when I come to your place.
- You could offer me financial support for my travel, stay and food etc. I need upto Rs 3,500 USD still to make this journey happen further. Any amount of support is welcome so don’t hesitate if you think you have a small amount. Each contribution counts and comes with blessings.
If you have any clarifications, please feel free to ask me. In case there is any cross posting I request you to bear with it and let us know of it so we can avoid it in the future.