Recipe

Recipe

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Principles

  • pendantCo-Creation: M}|{M are gatherings of co-creators. Every co-creator makes the event possible through a gift (time or monetary).
  • Self-Sufficiency: Co-creators come self-sufficient for the experience they seek. Water, food, shelter, transport, sleep, love.
  • Gifts for Moments: Gifts are dedicated to enabling momentary experiences. Monetary gifts go towards necessities only. No co-creator can sell goods or services to the gathering. No money will be exchanged at the gathering. Gains of one event become seeds for next ones.
  • Only Beautiful Traces: Co-creators are conscious of, and responsible for, the traces they leave, in spaces and in people.
  • Tribal Size: M}|{M gatherings give everyone opportunities to connect with everyone. Our events had 50-250 participants.
  • All-Ages: M}|{M gatherings create environments in which children of all ages can safely co-create together.
  • Neighbor-Friendly: M}|{M gatherings aim to send only good vibrations to neighbors, which includes conscious choices of musical styles, volume, timing, and parking.

Organization

MM OneM}|{M One had funds left over and wants to spread the love. If you want to start your own M}|{M gathering and receive seed money, here’s how:

Start

This makes you eligible

  • Integrators: M}|{M start-up teams need to consist of at least five integrators which are committed to the M}|{M idea and, together, are willing to assume all coordinative roles needed for the gathering. At least one integrator needs to have participated in a previous M}|{M event. Integrators need to be aware that they will work more than anyone else without receiving monetary compensation 😉
  • Decisions: Integrators need to 1) have a venue and a date, 2) know what minimum gift they can commit to – and in turn expect (e.g. 4 hours or $30), 3) know their participant cap and 4) have a prioritized list of gathering essentials that need monetary gifts.
  • Transparency: Integrators need to maintain at least two lists that are accessible to every co-creator and kept up-to-date by the integrators: 1) an up-to-date list of committed co-creators with their respective specific time and resource gifts, 2) an up-to-date list of collective financial priorities for the gathering – and of received donations. (P.S.: Everyone is welcome to re-use the Google Spreadsheets of the initial M}|{M event!)
  • Communication: Integrators need to create and maintain at least one discussion space (digital or real-life) where those who have already committed can exchange ideas and get organized for the gathering. (The first M}|{M event used both a Facebook group and open integrator meetings).

Growth

  • Inclusion: Co-creators are only added to the list and discussion space once they are firmly committed (>99% certain). Co-creators choosing the money option are added to the list after they made their donation.
  • Critical Mass: Once your M}|{M gathering has reached 25 co-creators, you receive the seed funds.
  • Scale Without Expectations: Integrators scale the M}|{M gathering conservatively, relying only on committed gifts (both time and resources). Always assume that you will have to implement the event with the time and resources already committed. Spend money according to the collectively updated list of financial priorities, and not before you have received the respective donation.

Reproduction

  • Pay it Forward: Excess funds of any M}|{M gathering are dedicated to seeding future M}|{M events, in accordance with these principles.
  • Adaptive Learning: Integrators communicate with their seed funders after the event to talk about lessons learned for future M}|{M gatherings.
  • Pay It Back: Giving back your seed funding to the previous M}|{M gathering enables more M}|{M gatherings – and makes you eligible for future seed funds.

Seasoning Suggestions

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  • Distribute responsibilities across as many integrators as you can find. Important roles include: Finances, volunteers, transportation, structures (multiple), communication, music, visual arts, workshops, energy/body work, performances, and child activities.
  • Create ownership: As you reach out, encourage everyone (in this order) to 1) take on an integrator role, 2) think about a creative contribution, or 3) contribute as a volunteer. If a co-creator chooses the monetary option, make sure they know what their contribution will be spent on, and why their contribution is important.
  • Be conscious of your own preferences and expectations. State them openly as early as possible. Things worth discussing include: 1) artistic preferences, e.g. regarding musical styles, 2) presence of pets, and 3) nudity.
  • Write a Survival Guide, which contains all the relevant information that every co-creator needs to read before coming to the gathering.
  • Find a way to keep both committed and potential co-creators informed about the growth of your M}|{M gathering, especially recently committed co-creators and their gifts. Nothing is better to stir energy. A simple website and a Facebook event can work wonders.
  • Find a way to create tokens of belongings for every co-creator – we used laser-cut pendants and people loved them …