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Tools & Culture for Participatory Organizing

Workshop with Rich Bartlett & Nati Lombardo

(hosted by Tree Bressen & Lauren Asher)

Thursday, May 25, 2017
4:00-7:00pm followed by potluck
Downtown Eugene at RAIN - 942 Olive St.

Rich Bartlett and Nati Lombardo from the Loomio team in New Zealand are on a rare US tour, and are stopping here in Eugene (yea!) to offer a workshop on collaborative culture and non-hierarchical organizing.

Whether you're from a start-up or an established operation, a business or nonprofit or activist group, whether you're an artists' co-op or a consultancy, if you want to learn more about how to work with less hierarchy and more collaboration while getting things done, this offering is for you.
It's also an opportunity to find out who else in town wants to connect around this way of operating—whether it's called "teal" or fluid decision making or "responsive" work or whatever other label, and in a variety of contexts. Let's use this opportunity to nurture a network for mutual support.  

Nati & Rich combine storytelling and participation to learn together about democratic, bottom-up organizing at different scales. They create a space for reflection, supporting people to take a step back from their day-to-day work and focus on how they are working together. They identify common challenges that groups face when they try to collaborate, and offer tools and processes that have been proven to overcome these common failure points. Most importantly, they don’t just tell people about participatory organizing, the group practices it together, co-creating the workshop and learning by experience.

Rich and Nati have been engaged in the craft of participatory organizing for more than five years, starting with Occupy in 2011, co-founding Loomio (app for online decision-making built by a worker co-op, used by thousands of people around the world) and Enspiral (a network of 250 tech activists experimenting with radical organizational forms, including making their governance documents available online).

After the workshop, you are invited to stay for a potluck dinner for further connection. Bring a dish with ingredients labeled, and your own place setting (dish/silverware); the RAIN building where we are meeting has a sink and a microwave but not a full kitchen.  

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Spaces are limited, so register in advance via Eventbrite to reserve your spot.  


$50 Full support--thank you!
$35 Standard ticket
$20 Discount ticket for limited means
Can't afford $20?  Talk to us. Email Nati at nati@loomio.org with subject line "Eugene event," preferably with a CC to Tree & Lauren too.
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Richard D. Bartlett is one of the cofounders of Loomio, an open source software tool for collective decision-making. He's also a Catalyst at Enspiral: a decentralised network of 250 freelancers who have been working without bosses since 2010. His background is in creative activism and DIY open source hardware. He's passionate about co-ownership, self-management, collaborative governance, and other ways of sneaking anarchism into respectable places. He writes at richdecibels.com.

Natalia Lombardo is a co-owner of Loomio, a co-operative social enterprise building tools for collective decision-making. She helps groups to cultivate collaborative culture through values-driven behaviours. Her background is in community development through local action, permaculture, and creative activism. Born in Argentina, living in New Zealand: she’s a bilingual translator that loves to bridge cultures.

Eugene hosts: 
Tree Bressen is an experienced workshop presenter in collaborative skills; organizer of a local meetup for Teal organizations (inspired by the book Reinventing Organizations); and founder of Group Pattern Language Project, nonprofit collective creator of the deck Group Works: A Pattern Language for Bringing Life to Meetings and Other Organizations.  

Lauren Asher is a graduate student working towards a masters degree at UO in Conflict and Dispute Resolution, with a focus on Organizational Development.

Tree Bressen
Eugene, Oregon