For Cooperation 2015, we will be using several participatory methods.

We could have gathered a group of speakers to tell you about the potential of peer to peer with specific experts showcasing what is currently being done in Chicago and globally. Instead, we want the process to mirror the process of community coming together, generating wisdom, sharing talent and knowledge, and doing something together that none of us could do alone.

There are many participatory processes we could use to shape the conversation. We could use Art of Hosting methods and specifically World Cafe and Open Space (the most well known participatory methods of group process). We will toss in some other unconference methodologies like a spectogram and an unpanel (fishbowl or Samoan circle).

Our hosts, ICA, are experts in process. You can also learn more about their facilitation training as well as their process work and services!

You may be interested in using more process in your work. Some examples of useful participatory practices for peer to peer engagement include:

What forms of participatory process do you find useful?

What benefits have you received or noticed in using participatory processes?

Jean Russell is a culture hacker, facilitator, speaker, and writer. Jean navigates clients through the crucial questions of creating and nurturing collaborators and networks to develop healthy and productive relationships and organizational culture. Jean does operations in the background and social design in the foreground. As a founder of the thrivability movement and a premier expert on collective thriving, Jean speaks to and with social innovators, builders, and edge-riders from Malmo to Melbourne, and London to San Francisco. Demonstrating collaboration, she curated, "Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch" in 2010 with 70 inspiring people. She wrote "Thrivability: Breakthroughs for a World That Works" (Triarchy Press, 2013).

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About This Site

Cooperation 2015 started as an announcement and resource for a p2p conference that was held at the Institute of Cultural Affairs Greenrise Learning Laboratory in Chicago on February 28, 2015.

A broad spectrum of people interested in alternative economies, cooperatives, sustainability, etc. came together to share our experiences, visions, ideas and to network with each other. Documentation about the event can be found here.

Please take a look around. If this interests you, sign up for the site and we'll let you know about future events and other ways to participate.
Check out Ted Wysocki's (the new CEO at the Institute of Cultural Affairs) blog post about Cooperation2015 on U2CANDO