Self Organizing

Self-organizing happens when any individual or group…

  • sees an opportunity to make a change or try something out
  • feels like they can initiate action
  • finds diverse others from a large network to join with them or collaborate
  • experiments with small actions
  • accesses the resources they need to act
  • spends a lot of time paying attention to what is happening, debriefing, learning from the experience, and analyzing what they did — all to enable them to take a better next step
  • shares what is learned with the larger network

Since 2015, Resonance has experimented with self-organizing in a variety of ways — practice groups, innovation projects, pop-up circles, and organizing action around timely opportunities.  As a system-shifting network , we are learning together what it takes to support and catalyze radical self-organization.

Here’s how Resonance Network can support your ideas and projects right now:

Would your idea about collaborating with some folks get off the ground sooner if you had a facilitator to support with the logistics and process for a self-organizing call?

Request a facilitator to support your call.

Need a Zoom room with full features to host your own call?

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Stories about what we are learning about self-organizing (and more) will be shared through posts on our website, conversation on social media, in email updates , and at network gatherings.  Network participants are invited to post to the Resonance Network blog, along with the staff team who will share shining successes, fabulous flops, and how the network has evolved and shifted based on what participants are learning together. This will include how we’ve built and evolved communications systems and processes to encourage more connected, collaborative, self-organized actions throughout the network.

The most important ingredient of a network is that it is self-organized. Through self-organization, people experiment in ways that help them better understand the system they are shifting. This means that the primary purpose of network leadership is to help many others initiate experiments and action. This builds lots of new leadership as many different people start projects.

— June Holley