Mon 15 Jun

Invitation to Crew: Welcoming to Microsolidarity in an online remote work environment

Ronen Hirsch Public Seen by 82

How to welcome individuals to Micosolidarity in an online remote-work environment?


Ronen Hirsch Mon 15 Jun

This invitation is an outcome of the virtual meetup that took place on June 12, 2020 with @Toni Blanco , @Alex Rodriguez , @James Lewis and @Ronen Hirsch .


Microsolidarity has been, so far, operating with an intentional bias towards physical proximity. This has made Microsolidarity less accessible to people who live in remote locations.

The pandemic has applied pressured some established (or establishing) Microsolidarity groups to reconsider their relationship with online/remote forms of community.

This crew will explore how people in remote locations can come together to effectively form crews and congregations. We will aspire to create a generative process that transforms a continuous flow of individual strangers into a continuous flow of cohesive groups who are able to embrace, practice, and thrive within Microsolidarity.


  1. The following norms are offered as a starting point and to set a tone for the formation of the crew. They are open to discussion, refinement, and change as we discover working together.

  2. We will be trying to "walk the talk" by working as a remote team.

  3. We will be emphasizing asynchronous collaborative work in an open (public for reading, only crew can contribute) subgroup within the Loomio Microsoldarity group. We will determine and refine agreements on how to use this space as we become more familiar with the needs that arise.

  4. We will be doing weekly meetings for both work and mutual care.

  5. We will be using sociocratic-consent as a default decision-making method and if necessary we will use it to bootstrap other methods.

  6. We will strive to create a calm and peaceful work environment. We will avoid disruptive and subtly stress-inducing patterns (such as high-frequency chat rooms that demand attention and rapid response). We will embrace patterns that evoke spaciousness, thoughtfulness, and well-being.

  7. We will strive to establish a sense of "collective presence" by focusing on and addressing the needs and challenges that are actually in front of us and setting aside theoretical issues we may encounter in the future.

  8. We will practice working with a sense of unfolding wholeness. At any given point in the process, we will make sure we have a shared sense of the "whole" that we are creating.


We will work together for an initial cycle of 6 weeks during which we will work online both asynchronously and share time together in video meetings.

We will all allocate time for a weekly 2-hour meeting. Video meetings will include time for work-related conversations and for mutual care. The first meeting will be an initiation of the crew during which we will review the norms we want to embrace in our work together. The last meeting will be a retrospective.

The crew will start its work on the week that starts on June 28th. See below instructions for scheduling.


We will produce a written artifact that describes a generative process for converting a continuous flow of individuals into a continuous flow of teams.

We will then take some time (~2 weeks) to reflect on this outcome, to potentially share it with others and to consider if/how we wish to move forward as a crew (or other structure/s).


To join please:

  1. Respond to this invitation with a short statement about your interest in this crew.

  2. Please @mention people from the existing Microsolidarity Loomio space who you feel can contribute to this exploration.

  3. Please fill out this survey for determining a suitable recurring weekly time for the meetings.


James Lewis Mon 15 Jun

Sounds great, I'd love to join. I'm interested as this is exactly the space I'm in and I resonate with the nicely presented 'norms'. Maybe @Sven also interested?


Ronen Hirsch Mon 15 Jun

ping @Tibor Katelbach


Nenad Maljković Tue 16 Jun

Maybe this might interest you @Aimee and @Naomi Smith? We kind of already work like this in Permaculture CoLab...


Alex Rodriguez Tue 16 Jun

I am definitely interested! As I mentioned in our call last week, I've been looking to deepen my practice around translocal remote working and would love to be in relationship with some other folks that are wanting to do the work with this framework of intention.


Aimee Wed 17 Jun

thank you for the ping on this, I would love to join at the same time I am mindful at the moment of limited time capacity - will put it on the list of possibles for now until my weekly capacity check Sunday


Richard D. Bartlett Wed 17 Jun

This is rad @Ronen Hirsch - FYI I made you an admin of this group so you can create subgroups.


Jon Schull Wed 17 Jun

interested in microsolidarity, social innovation, AND enabling technologies


Josh Fairhead Sun 21 Jun

Hey @Ronen Hirsch - Thanks for starting this; the survey link was "bad gateway" but count me in :)

Ping for @Roberto Valenti who may be interested also


Roberto Valenti Mon 22 Jun

Yes this sounds great! I have been building some tools that could facilitate formation, looking forward to contribute!


Toni Blanco Tue 23 Jun

As I told you in the meet up I am in. I am not very active here or elsewhere bevause I am recovering now from a kidney stone and taking care of my mama together with my sisters.


Toni Blanco Tue 23 Jun

Weird, the survey link worked for me and others, maybe just try again.


Josh Fairhead Wed 24 Jun

Yep, that round did it


Jon Schull Wed 24 Jun

I'm co-Founder of e-NABLE, a global network of volunteers who make free open source 3D-printed prosthetics for children and underserved populations. We have 150 chapters around the world and a continuous flow of individual strangers who we would love to turn into a continuous flow of cohesive groups.


Toni Blanco Sat 11 Jul

Very interesting, @Jon Schull

@Ronen Hirsch @Alex Rodriguez please check here their twelve step generative sequence, I am analyzing it and I will tell you why I think it works.


Ronen Hirsch Mon 13 Jul

yes, it is a good example of a generative process :) it seems to benefit from:

  1. Having a very specific domain.

  2. A specific "matchmaking requirement.

  3. That volunteers (it seems!) can engage as individuals (on their own).

    @Jon Schull this sounds like a beautiful project (maybe the most meaningful application of 3D printing I've encountered!). I'm curious:

  1. What role do the "local chapters" play?

  2. Where would you like to see improvements in your existing process?

  3. Where does "strangers -> cohesive groups" meet your organization?