The headline is: in the past few months many communities have started using the language and practices of microsolidarity. What these communities have in common is a desire to support each other emotionally and economically. They’re all trying to steer the good ship Humanity towards a healthier future, starting with themselves. It feels like the network is starting to become self-aware: people from different communities are meeting each other, without me having to introduce them.
Last week, Michal Korzonek (cofounder of a new community in Pico Island) met Brandon Dubé (cofounder of a community in the US), and they published the recording of their conversation. It’s so gratifying for me to watch them exchange lessons and accelerate our collective learning process. They published part 2 of the conversation yesterday, this time including Stephanie Soussloff.
If you’re new to microsolidarity and you want an introduction, check this new interview with me on the Rebel Wisdom channel (video, podcast). (Nati & I are running a training program within their community.)
I was also recently interviewed by the Future Thinkers. We had an in-depth conversation about the governance of their ambitious new “smart village” project prototyping the settlements of the future.
I had a first conversation with one of the cofounders of Emerging Leaders, yet another new microsolidarity-ish community. They describe their project as “an experiential inquiry into the intersection of personal transformation, collaborative leadership, and social innovation.”
Nandini Nair is a designer doing a Masters thesis on mutual aid communities. She interviewed me about some of the philosophical and political dimensions of the microsolidarity project.
As much as possible I’m trying to record and publish these conversations in case it is useful for other community weaves. I’ve created a Youtube channel so you can subscribe for ongoing updates from the Microsolidarity network.
In the neighbourhood
My friend Hugi Ásgeirsson is another microsolidarity practitioner: he shared this excellent short video about Blivande, an incredible creative community centre they’ve built in Stockholm.
Squad Wealth is an epic artistic manifesto celebrating the emergence of informal peer-to-peer institutions amongst digital natives. I had an excellent time meeting the authors recently, though I unfortunately messed up the recording so I can’t share our conversation. 😢
Life Itself (formerly Art / Earth / Tech) is another cousin in the extended family of community projects trying to create social change by intentionally evolving culture. They’re currently creating a kind of “family tree” of these initiatives, so if you are working at the intersection of inner and outer transformation, please participate in their research project.