A Shared Platform
As well as making our own offerings of events and workshops, we are opening a field of intention for developing a platform where we can share resources and support other like-minded projects. We envisage this will grow slowly and organically, and that it will support our collaborations and foster new synergies.
We've set up an online group for the Gathering Gates Community on Hylo, a transparent, open source platform, committed to privacy and data sovereignty. Hylo has a great mission that we like:
"To support people coming together to solve the great challenges of our time; and to empower communities to build a world that works for everyone by helping groups share resources, solve problems, and become more organized, creative, and resourceful."
This is an online space where we can find each other, curate creative conversations, and self-organise in groups. The idea is to keep it local, and combine online conversations with in-person encounter.
This provides a much-needed alternative to the dominant mainstream – and increasingly toxic – social media platforms, as we resist the encroachment of corporate media monopolies and the surveillance culture they foster.
The button here will take you to our mailing list signup form, and here you will also find a link to Hylo.
You might like to check out Hylo for your own group too, it's pretty cool. And then we'll be on the same map. :)
We'd like to form a Gift Circle of sorts, where practitioners and projects can come together periodically on an 'offer-and-ask' basis.
The idea is to ask from the circle things we need in order to progress with our work - whether it be physical equipment, material resources, skills, or simply some moral support and ideas; and to offer our surplus energy, skills and material stuff to others.
This is one of the ways we can move into a Gift Economy – trusting the flow, celebrating the abundance in our midst, and letting go of what we no longer need.
This is in the dreaming stage at the moment, we'll probably wait until we've grown our network further before setting it in motion. In the meantime, let us know if this idea inspires you.
With so many of our projects we seem to be reinventing the wheel, and could potentially save each other a whole lot of brain-ache and time pooling our skills and resources, particularly when it comes to doing the back-office stuff such as...
Online booking pages for events
Book-keeping and accounts
Press releases and media liaison
We're still in the dreaming stage for this one too, cooking up a Gift Economy model for how it might work, and plans for fundraising later in the year.