Over the past couple weeks, I fell into a very ironic anti-pattern. I made a plan to go over some mindfulness articles and signed up for Round Sky Solutions’ self-care program. But big shifts in the world (pandemic etc) distracted me, and I ended up with an extra clutter in emails and browser tabs. I’ve thus been less focused, less mindful, and failed to do many of the things I’d planned!
Nevertheless, the ideas I’ve been going over are good. So, I’m going to share some notes here (admittedly as part of clearing out my clutter):
Round Sky stuff
Round Sky Solutions is a small (only maybe 3 full-time people?) co-op consultant group emphasizing good consent decision processes. Much of their stuff is sociocracy-informed and related.
I had an hour+ chat with one of them at the end of the self-care process (which I didn’t really do effectively), much of it being me sharing ideas with them and talking about Snowdrift.coop. They’re aligned and open-minded. They use some free-culture licensing but seem somewhat ignorant/new to the ideas. They have a sign-up-wall (not a paywall) behind their “Integrative Consent” and Co-op Decision Toolkit resources, but here’s a direct link: https://www.roundskysolutions.com/cdmt-home/
I want to review that and consider the ideas. Side-note: I don’t like that they use Facebook for discussions and videos. I brought that up to them and they really took my feedback openly, but I don’t know if that will change.
Misc other self-care items:
- Self-care task: Ask 3 people for feedback. How is it to work with me? A few good things, a few suggestions for improvement…
- I welcome anyone to answer (publicly or privately, whatever) for me and to consider this as a useful question among the team in general
- Topic Development card that’s a PDF describing a collaborative process of finding tensions and supporting one another in addressing specific topics that come up
- They have a webinar archive
Overall, this is stuff I want to review along with Sociocracy things. I’d also like to see Round Sky more fully embrace FLO (their main services of dedicated consulting are rivalrous, but perhaps one day crowdmatching could support their publications work).
Conscious Leadership stuff
I’ve mentioned this often since hearing a related podcast last summer. I really like the stuff from the Conscious Leadership Group. They don’t do any sort of paywalls or sign-up walls. They don’t get FLO really, but maybe could be convinced. They have a custom non-commercial sort of “please share” usage terms for their resources and do nothing to withhold anything (that would be hypocritical to their teachings). They also make a big deal about giving credit to the sources they’ve drawn from (notably the Hendicks Institute https://hendricks.com/ which I haven’t really looked at but probably good stuff).
I appreciated this post on pandemic mindfulness https://conscious.is/blogs/double-down-on-your-practices-during-uncertainty
I’m reading their book currently and find it mostly just excellent and useful.
Remote working and sharing
Overall, I know I could do better to edit this. I’m posting to err on the side of communication. The more I see advice about remote working through the pandemic, the more clear it is to me why it’s often been hard for me to be remote all these years. I want to keep optimizing and reflecting on the process.
We have important work to do here, and our mutual support and communication will make a real difference to our success. Thanks for reading. Please share your thoughts even if you don’t have time to express them optimally. This is time for us to step up but also face the challenges and process them fully.
I’m going to get back to inbox 0 today and no browser tabs.