Methods for people to support each other in small groups
- Pods: personal-and-professional development in small groups, a new practice in development at Enspiral. Comprehensive resources here. (For more on this: listen to the recording of the Crews/Pods session at Enspiral Summer Retreat 2019; and this update 6 months later.)
- Case Clinic is a peer-coaching method from Theory U. It has a practical output (helping someone with a challenge they're currently facing), and it tends to produce a lot of insight and interpersonal bonding. It's an excellent place to start, you can get a long way in one meeting.
- Courage & Renewal - approach from Parker Palmer for creating a circle of trust. Includes some guidance for cultivating a safe space for vulnerable conversations, plus great descriptions of why this is valuable.
- Mia Mingus wrote this excellent guide to Pods and Pod Mapping for the Bay Area Transformative Justice Collective. In this context, your pod is "the people that you would call on if violence, harm or abuse happened to you; or the people that you would call on if you wanted support in taking accountability for violence, harm or abuse that you’ve done"
- Working Out Loud: a guided 12-week process for peer support in small groups, suitable for workplaces: what am I trying to do? who is related to that goal? how can I contribute to them to deepen our relationship?
- The Scuttlebutt software community are actively forming crews they call Faerie Rings. Documentation currently focusses on how to do matchmaking to form crews within a congregation. Faerie Rings are mostly "get to know you" spaces for people who are participating in a big distributed project, but don't have many opportunities to connect face to face.