There will be an IS orientation call this Saturday, 1:00-1:55pm Pacific Standard Time (4pm Eastern, 9pm UTC)
Intentional Society is making an appearance on The Stoa! The Stoa is a “digital campfire” in the sensemaking space, appreciated by many IS members for providing access to many interesting and influential thinkers. This session will consist of a 15-20 minute talk, followed by Q&A, then some (non-recorded) relational practices. I’ll be sharing what we’ve learned from our first year of practice, and you are invited to come hear, show support, contribute questions, and play the taster games. Register here for the interactive session on Monday February 28th at 3pm Pacific (6pm Eastern, 11pm UTC).
I think we had a beneficial and engaging session last Sunday, combining a full-group discussion on “speaking our truth” with a “What I really want to say” AR game. Our discussion started with the many reasons we hold back from speaking — all valid, whether we like them or not. Then we looked at our desires for the space we share in Intentional Society, and how we could push the edges of our own individual comfort windows (by analogy to the Overton Window) while still maintaining safety for others with different risk tolerances\experiences: consent, respect, normalizing questions as safe to ask and safe to decline. I do look forward to clarifying and reinforcing these in the next round of our interaction agreements.
What if we took the core of last week’s game (what do we really want to say to someone in our life) and combined that with circling? Well, in some ways it’d be shaped similarly to Case Clinic — there’s an environmental challenge, a person interfacing with it, and a centering on/of that person’s relationship to their challenge. But if the case itself is relational/interpersonal in nature, what would happen if we brought Circle-y relational attention to meet it? Our answer is, let’s try it! More next week.