In late 2018, Richard D. Bartlett published a proposal to start a "microsolidarity" group — a small mutual aid community for people to do a kind of personal development, in good company, for social benefit.
Since then, an open research network has been gradually self-organising around this concept and these practices.
This website is the central hub to collect resources for the co-development of multiple such communities. The most useful material is currently here: methods for cultivating Crews for peer-to-peer support in tiny groups.
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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.
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