I'm going to use language in a specific way throughout this work. You can see the full context in my original microsolidarity proposal, but for reference, here's what I have in mind when I use some key words:
- Crew: a group small enough to fit around a dinner table (about 3-8 people); doing some kind of mutual aid (i.e. sharing emotions or sharing money). Within Enspiral these are also known as a pod ("care pods" are more focussed on emotion, "livelihood pods" are more focussed on money). In Scuttlebutt these are called "faerie rings".
- Caller: the person who sparks the formation of a new crew. No necessarily the same person as the host.
- Host: the person who facilitates a specific conversation, e.g. they may guide people through a structured reflection process, or keep time.
- Congregation: a network or community that is small enough for most people to know each other (less than ~200 people); they are mostly focussed on mutual aid and meaningful work; the peer-support is mostly delivered through crews.
If you notice any other unfamiliar words, any of the definitions feel wrong, maybe we can work it out together.