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Mediation Support from AhimsaGram

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Are you stuck in a conflict with some one which is taking away your peace of mind?
Would you like mediation support to build an understanding and transform the relationship with the other person/s?
If yes, and if you think the other person might be open to have mediation support, you can contact Ahimsagram.
We wish to support people to find non violent ways of living and communicating and we have a panel of people with us who are experienced in mediation.
Finances for the mediation will be decided based a conversation about your the financial capabilities of the people asking for mediation and other ways that they can support Ahimsagram or their mediators. We have kept it flexible so this offer is available to as many people as we can support and not essentially restricted by their financial resources.
To contact us, write to shamminanda@gmail.com or call +91-9486083163.
To know more about us see our site at www.ahimsagram.in and our fb page at www.fb.com/ahimsagram.
Shammi Nanda
Ahimsagram.
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When you work with some, ask them how do they ‘fight’?

If I want anyone to work with me and see if they are the right fit for our organisation, I would want to know and understand how do they respond when conflicts have happens in their community/organisation in the past. A willingness to engage and understand each other and stretching your self in such moments makes it possible for the communities or organisations to thrive. A much more appreciable thing for me would be if some one also works towards creating systems for challenging conversation and addressing conflicts in their group.
I say this as I see conflict as a natural thing and those who deny this natural part of their self at individual or organisation level are in some illusions and are doomed for creating personal and collective disasters.
I have been facing some of these situations at our organisation, Ahimsagram as I didn’t make agreements on ways of dealing with conflicts when people joined Ahimsagram or as partners and ended up with some who want to hide or block when there is a conflict.

Of course our learning about dealing with conflicts in our society is very limited. A big challenge is also having safe spaces for conflicts to emerge in them and that is some thing that has to happen at a systemic level in any group of people who come together to  create some thing.

Below is a Mural on a wall in Mission Street in San Francisco. Glad to see such deep wisdom displayed on the walls by the artists there. IMG_2134.jpg

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Supporting a Holacracy Pilgrimage

Dear Friends,

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.

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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.

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With Participants from the Practitioner Training in New York from 16th to 20th April facilitated by Brian Robertson and Holacracy One team.

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?

  1. 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 shamminanda@gmail.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. 
  2. 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.

To have a glimpse of our day to day lives at AhimsaGram see our fb page. To know more about my journey see my fb profile.

Shammi Nanda

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Ahimsagram, India

Phone: +91-9486083163

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Seeking support for a Holacracy Pilgrimage

Dear Friends,

This post is for seeking support for my two month Holacracy Learning Pilgrimage in US.

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.

circle-turkey.jpg

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.

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With Participants from the Practitioner Training in New York from 16th to 20th April facilitated by Brian Robertson and Holacracy One team.

Holacracy Learning Pilgrimage: I am taking this learning journey in US for a period of two months from 13 April to 12 June, 2018. I will begin my journey with a five day 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 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 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.

Support Needed: I am grateful to have support for the course fee and the ticket to US from Jaipur Rugs and am seeking additional financial support for travel to the different locations in the US  and expenses for my stay 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, so I can bring these learning to our subcontinent.

You are welcome to offer any amount. If you wish to contribute please write to me at shamminanda@gmail.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 4,000 USD so you can see how the fundraise is progressing and we can stop once we have reached the target amount.

Offering my gifts: I also am willing 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. 

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.

To have a glimpse of our day to day lives at AhimsaGram see our fb page. To know more about my journey see my fb profile.

Shammi Nanda

Lead Link

Ahimsagram, India

Phone: +91-9486083163

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Alternative to Violence Project(AVP) and Whole Foods in NY

I am grateful to James Green for coming to pick me up at New York Airport and hosting me while I am there for  my Holacracy Pilgrimage. We had met over my NVC webinar and it’s great to have support from NVC community. He gave me a choice to go to his home or the whole food store, and I left it to him to decide and he chose the latter.  

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Moment, I went there, I felt a sense of common purpose with the folks who are growing organic foods, bringing them in the cities to sell/offer it in different parts of the world and celebrate their growth. There was a wide variety of seeds like sunflower and pumpkin which I enjoyed. Got moong beans and chana along with veggies. It reminded me of our farmers market in Jaipur and how the community is growing around it and am hopeful for the world when I see such places all over the world.

It was also great to talk to James and hear about so many interesting projects around him and some of them that he is also involved with, like the Alternatives to Violence Project(AVP) which is active in prisons and even in some schools and is  widespread into many cities in US. It sees like a simple process which can be learnt and followed by community support. I also heard from him about the idea of ‘Landing Strip’ for people who are coming out of prison to integrate them into the society and make that easier for them. Both projects are having Quaker community as its hosts, and I would like to visit them, while I am here.

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I would like the people of the city to engage with the prisons. I have casually ignored them as a place where I don’t need to go or bother much about what’s happening inside. If I want to work to minimise violence in our society I have to engage with prisons too and the people there. As Miki says “fair weather NVC is easy”, its important we take the work of nonviolence to challenging space and we need to also gradually mobilise our resources to engage with people who are in the prison or coming out of them.

Inspired by AVP project since I heard it today here in US and hope that myself and AhimsaGram can begin do something on these lines in Jaipur and encourage others to do such projects. If there is anyone else in India or elsewhere who is working on such projects or would like to work on supporting each other for this work please do write to us at ahimsagram@gmail.com

It is nourishing to hear people working around the body and the soul at individual and community level all over the world and enjoying a sense of community with them.  

#NVC #ahimsa #Holacracy #wholefoods #ahimsagram #

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Seeking support for Holacracy Pilgrimage and AhimsaGram

Dear Friends,

This post is for seeking support for two things:

  1. Sharing my(Shammi’s) Holacracy Learning Pilgrimage and to seek support  for it.
  2. 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.  

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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.

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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.

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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 ahimsagram@gmail.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.

Shammi Nanda

Lead Link

Ahimsagram

Phone: +91-9486083163

 

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Questioning ‘on screen violence’ to create a safe world for all.

Travelling on an international flight  in the night I see so many people watching films, which looks like the microcosm of our universe where each person could be sitting in front of their screen at home and picking up data and putting in their heads and part of their consciousness. The only difference is that I see them all here in one moment and one space, so gives me a glimpse of the magnitude of impact of screens in our lives.

Makes me aware of the dangers also of  extent to which media has pervaded our lives, reaching through different kind of platforms digitally.

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It gets worrisome when I see that so many of the films take violence and patriarchy so lightly and are full of them. No wonder it contributes to the world we are today, where violence is the answer for every tension or disconnect, the ‘wrong one’ can be punished or killed by the hero(the good one) or the police or the people(mob). This has happened since time immemorial and now at least we can transform this thinking. I think this normalisation of violence on screen ends up in the rapes and killings that we are seeing around us.

I wish someone could look at some films and make a count of slaps, punches, gunshots or swear words with naming women’s body parts, or swear words degrading women in general, the hero acting patronisingly to women characters and much more. Its high time there are talks and policies around projection of violence in media which even talk of stop this. Just as people thought of glorification of sati is connected to the sati that happens around us, we need to look critically at glorification and justification of violence that happens on the screens.

If we have enough support Ahimsagram could take up studying the glorification of violence on the screen and do some research in terms of the extent to which violence is being glorified and justified on our media and especially on cinema. If there is any one wanting to join us in this venture, please write to us at ahimsagram@gmail.com

Lets build a harmonious world together.

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