I imagine we might need to have multiple gatherings, because we’re such an international group!
But… Idea! How can we make it accessible remotely? & in person? at the same time!!!
I’ve tried some gatherings which had mixed attendance, and in fact Zoom has new features which are built for this. I think we could do it effectively with mixed programming!
Perhaps it could be something where people pod up and we have multiple simultaneous gatherings with mixed in-person and online programming!
Say multiple simultaneous 10-20 person gatherings! And even people who can’t leave home can still participate (as bittersweet as that might be?)
We could have coordinated dance waves with the same playlist, and even eat similar menus! (or different, but share the differences!) But then of course we would have different outdoor activities and perhaps even different, but mutually focused projects!
I think SoFA would be up to task!
Personally, I’d love to go somewhere where people speak spanish, and mexico seems affordable and easy for travel…
I would also love to go up to Earthdance in Massachusetts.
There’s also this place in Spain I’d love to visit - have any of you heard of Vidalia?
I believe they are sociocratically organized… Not sure if they are ready for/want events there yet, but I think so - anyhow I wanna get out that way
But also… I would love for it to not just be getting together for the sake of getting together… I’m curious about a social project! let’s volunteer our time and help make something happen!
Perhaps it can also make it more affordable if we trade our time and energy contributing to local projects. Perhaps a permaculture location and we contribute our work and organizational expertise?
Perhaps mutual aid project looking to self organize, or a budding intentionally community, or even rural or inner city community wanting to to start a better schooling project?
Other gathering types
The above is all assuming it’s just a SoFA Members gathering… but, what if it’s actually sofa workshops or conferences?
Personally, when it comes to external offerings like a conference, I’d just as well keep it online… but if it’s workshop or intensive I think a similar purpose can be applied.
I’d love to see a Sociocracy PDC, where it’s all learning, but includes site specific hands on work… But this is more than just a members gathering… it’s actually a public offering! But perhaps the members gathering is just a pilot for a broader event like that…
Where are SoFA’s event planners, eh?