Oct29 Notes

Don't Worry gathering – Oct 29
Notes from discussion of what helps and hurts community building and effective organizing

Obstacles

  • Not having well defined roles
  • Started working on solution before clarifying problem
  • People still in dominant mindset
  • Taking power from other's weakness
  • Tunnel vision
  • Deconstructive interference
  • Indifference
  • Being contrarian
  • Alpha personalities/Ego competition, attached to outcomes
  • Large group communication (1,000 people or more)
  • Maintaining inspiration after an inspiring event (throughout your daily life)
  • Encountering people who are close minded

Solutions

  • Empathy
  • Ask People what they would like to do
  • Listening
  • Sharing without judgment
  • Learn through conflict
  • Good Facilitation
  • Ongoing meetings in a neutral space
  • Redirect
  • Ground Rules
  • Positive jobs
  • Group snuggles
  • Info on Organizational Structure
  • Enough time
  • Open Space Model
  • Accept/explore differences
  • Speak simply
  • Small group networks/ Affinity Groups
  • Sociocracy Model
  • Commitment
  • Food at meetings

Actions you can take

  • Know needs (self to community)
  • Microlending in Portland
  • Asset Mapping
  • Community Forums on Development
  • Teaching skills
  • Open/Community gardening
  • Tool libraries
  • Community Canning Kitchens
  • Join Bright Neighbor
  • Depave and Food not Lawns
  • Intercity hitchhiking
  • Participatory public art
  • Energy audit
  • Face to face interactions
  • Copwatch Training and Documentation
  • Expand PDX emergency teams
  • Share resources
  • Continuing community events
  • neighborhood potlucks and fairs
  • Place to connect daily
  • Solar panel barn raising
  • Free porches/boxes
  • Skills network
  • Neighborhood public space
  • Movies
  • Learn another language
  • Neighborhood Health Centers
  • Educate on resources/share database
  • Bike - Social rides
  • Neighborhood Associations
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