#4: Expanding possibilities
An invitation to dialogue + zillions of hot links about decentralising work, democracy, spirituality and conspiracy
Hello dear reader. Please find enclosed:
your invitation to join me in conversation Apr 20
my favourite new podcasts about self-managing workplaces
updates from the Microsolidarity project
and some juicy links and tidbits about democracy, conspiracy and spirituality
Join Us April 20!
I’m co-hosting an online event with Ronan Harrington. We’ll talk about some of the possible futures we can imagine for this suddenly very open-ended decade, and engage a participatory process to make sense of this moment together with you.
Update April 21: the event has now passed. Recording is here.
Future of work podcasts
I loved these two recent episodes of Leadermorphisis from my Enspiral buddy Lisa Gill: one about this amazing student-directed learning center in Barcelona, and another one with Skeena Rathor from Extinction Rebellion asking some deep questions about power, leadership, oppression, and grief.
I’ve started listening to A Cup of Teal, a new podcast where Helen Sanderson explores self-management in the health sector and public services more broadly. Helen is catalysing an amazing movement towards a way of working that centers care ahead of control.
I can also recommend this interview with Wordpress founder Matt Mullenweg about how remote working can be so much more than just a lot of video calls.
Ari Delashmutt interviewed me about how we need practices like microsolidarity during this extraordinary moment. I feel great about this conversation! It’s like an updated and expanded version of the original microsolidarity proposal.
I had an energising conversation with Peter Limberg about how a podcast can evolve to become a platform for self-organising community and peer-to-peer mutual aid. I’m optimistic we could see this pattern popping up in many podcasts over the coming months.
I also published a couple more conversations with microsolidarity practitioners, Joe Lightfoot in Thailand and Karl Steyaert in the US (also available on Youtube).
I wrote a short blog to accompany a 30 minute video with Manu Alzuru, founder of Fight Pandemics, a brand new volunteer project. I share my top 5 organising tips for a new volunteer network.
Through my work with Alter Ego I’ve been getting to know Elizabeth Oldfield from the Theos, a think tank described as “God’s diplomatic service”. I’m enjoying her memetic mediation work (i.e. creating bridges across ideological tribes) on their podcast The Sacred. Here’s a good intro to her work.
My friend Cristina Flesher Fominaya published her latest book: Democracy Reloaded. She’s an activist and academic, documenting what’s happened in the democratic experiments in Spain from 15-M to Podemos. Use the discount code ASFLYQ6 for 30% off.
And please enjoy Daniel Schmachtenberger having a fine rant about how to think about conspiracy theories in this time.
Ok I hope some of those threads give you something interesting to tug on until next time!
Ciao from Rich 😷