This is a message I posted yesterday in the RE Core chat and I believe it benefits all RE (and potentially SEEDS as a whole) so I’ve decided to make it public
" Hello lovelies!
After last Tuesday’s Core RE meeting lots of things changed in the structure of RE and since it was all delivered in the last few minutes of the call, I felt the need to explicitly state those changes once more, so there are no misunderstandings.
As reminded by Rieki, RE Core has been attempting to create some form of structure and flow for 3 months now. It got to a point where it became unsustainable for any of us to continue investing our time and energy in a generative way in RE -most of us mentioned it in our “Care Mode” moment last meeting.
As all of you know I have been investing most of my energy in this organism and after our “Money Pile” ceremony it became clear to me that something disruptive had to be done.
During the Ceremony I observed that the lack of a clear membrane entangled the remuneration process and created unnecessary tensions and conflicts.
We need a space where people can be confident, safe, autonomous and empowered to disagree while still feeling supported by agreements that will evolve according to the needs of the human beings involved in this exploration journey.
As I have been putting a lot of energy in this project since the beginning, I feel some healthy amount of responsibility as to where and how it moves forward.
For a bit of context:
I joined RE after watching the very first “architects” call and after hearing Rieki talk about wanting to create a “tight container” and stepping into an “autocratic role”… I made it my mission to contact him saying how wrong he was! Haha
Well, he was. And he wasn’t.
Three months have passed.
I have kept the same level of investment and passion for RE….but it has become impossible to get anything done. Endless meetings and zero consensus agreements later…. I’ve changed my mind.
I decided to go against my previous opinion on any type of structure being a detriment to creative endeavours and I’m choosing to take a leap of faith into the art of making agreements.
Two things to consider:
- I didn’t know anything about it.
- I have a strong aversion to anything related to leadership positions.
So hey, guess what!
I’ve decided to try something where power and authority flows in all directions and we have adaptive agreements which allow people to navigate their tensions. I’ve invited one of the SEEDS Ambassador Ravi who is an organizational designer focused on self-organizing to guide the process.
This is the Minimum Viable Structure co-created by Ravi, Rieki, Apostol and myself:
We are creating a 3 layered structure with:
- A Foundational Layer (clearly defined membership)
- Meta-agreements (how we decide about how we decide)
Organisational Structure (map of agreements -roles etc)
Through this MVStructure, we are also creating 3 layers of collaboration for the Renaissance Explorers:
- Orbiting Explorers (attending the co-learning journey Sessions throughout the week)
- Contributing Explorers (orbiting + contributing through specific quests)
- Core Explorers (previous 2 + energizing roles + picking up the threads)
I am accepting Rieki’s invitation to run this experiment in RE alongside Apostol since we co-created this MVStructure. All folks now in the “RE DHO’’ private chat are kindly invited to become Core Explorers by going through a 6 week Transition process defined in the Foundational Layer document.
Or to decide they don’t wish to do so and would prefer to be Contributing Explorers -as Rieki stated clearly on Tuesday will be his choice atm-.
The many contributions made by everyone present here are fully recognized and genuinely valued and we hope they will be better supported through this experiment . "
- Foundational Layer
- RE funds - Basic Income & #re-111 funds
- 5min video of RE’s new structure
- 5min video of RE’s Foundational Layer