Microsolidarity

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In late 2018, Richard D. Bartlett published a proposal to start a "microsolidarity" community in Western Europe — a small group of people supporting each other to do more meaningful work.

Reader reactions prompted him to start this website, to collect resources for the co-development of multiple such communities.

A fractal view of belonging

Definition of terms

The proposal introduces some specific use of language:

Microsolidarity is a set of practices for mutual support between peers. These methods bring us out of individualism and into a more relational way of being.

Most of this support happens in a Crew: a small group up to about 8 people growing trust in each other through emotional & economic reciprocity. Crews are always designed for intimacy, and may also produce an output (e.g. a software product or an activist campaign).

The Congregation is a space for Crews to co-develop in the company of other Crews. Congregations have less than a few hundred people, so they can be primarily governed through trust and dialogue.

Many Congregations could form an Assembly.

For more context on these definitions, read the original proposal.

About this site

This website is a resource for people practicing microsolidarity. You'll find methods for cultivating Crews, and discussions about the proposal. If you have anything to add, please contribute :)

All the content on this site is published with a CC-BY-SA license. So please use it however you like without asking permission: just give credit, and use the same license for derivative works. Unless stated otherwise, assume the author is Richard D. Bartlett.