This post is for seeking support for two things:
- Sharing my(Shammi’s) Holacracy Learning Pilgrimage and to seek support for it.
- Seeking support for sustenance Ahimsagram for the next four months.
You might be aware that 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 the last one year I am working on Holacracy and enjoying the power of effective co-creation with it. I have also initiated a space ahimsagram, which is an organisation for practicing these processes in order to learn them deeply and offer them to the larger community. My journey on these subjects, before and with Ahimsagram, has been full of celebrations and challenges. At Ahimsagram we are also finding ways to have a symbiotic relation between Holacracy and NVC as they both could support us in building a collaborative world.
Exploring the possibility to collaborate: 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. 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.
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 Holacracy 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.
Learning Pilgrimage: I am taking this learning journey in US for a period of two months. After the five day Holacracy Practitioner training from 16th to 20th April with Holacracy One, a company which created Holacracy, I plan to travel in 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 the learnings can change my life at a deep spiritual level by giving me ways to create and govern organisation which work in the spirit of co-creation. This learning is eventually going to enrich me and my community.
I already have support for the course fee and the ticket to US from Jaipur Rugs, am seeking additional financial support for travel and stay in the US for about 45 days.
I would need around 4,000 USD make this journey happen and requesting those who want to support me in this seeking of mine to support me so I can continue looking answers for authentic and effective ways of co-creating and bring them back home to share with our community.
Details of the five day Holacracy training are at https://goo.gl/5NHJzT to be held at New York.
I am also sharing some info about the organisations that I am visiting during my trip to US to give you a sense of richness of learning that could emerge from this journey here in this note at https://goo.gl/zHMPu1
Besides, this ahimsagram is going through a financial crunch where we have loans from friends and have rents to pay and run the space I am imagining that our finances may get stabilised after a period of four months. Till that time we need support of Rs 50,000( 765 USD)per month, which comes to 2,00,000(3070 USD).
Ahimsgram is now registered as a proprietorship firm under the Udyog Adhar Scheme of Government of India by Shammi Nanda. You can see our vision, mission and aim at https://goo.gl/sDoz8u. Our intent is to create a business which serves the community.
So in total I am looking for a fund of 7,000 USD(Approx Rs 4,56,000) for both the projects, My travel and sustenance for Ahimsagram for four months.
You are welcome to offer any amount. If you wish to contribute please write to me at email@example.com and I will send you our bank details. To those who offer the contributions we would also be sharing a doc which will from the time to time reflect the amount of money raised to meet the target of 7,000 USD so you can see how the fundraise is progressing and we can stop once we have reached the target amount.
If you have any clarifications, please feel free to answer. In case there is any cross posting I request you to bear with it and let us know so we can avoid it in the future.