Proposal to organise a Regens Unite gathering at Devcon

Please give a short description of the topic/cause for your Community Hub:

Regens Unite is about bringing regens together from different backgrounds creating connections, build new relationships to make sure the technologies being developed and discussed at Devcon are connected with real local needs from the regens on the ground (and vice versa, that regens on the ground get to learn about the new coordination technologies that could help them in their mission).

Regens Unite is a no PowerPoint policy during the gathering, only facilitators create a safe and brave space for people to learn, meet and share their experiences, their needs, and their drive from one regen to another.

To make the gathering truly regenerative and community-based, this gathering will be led by our Colombian collaborator JuanKa. RU’s core team will also provide the support and guidance to make the gathering a truly regenerative experience.

For more information about our facilitation intentions in detail: Facilitation Intentions 🦮

For more information on our past gatherings, please visit our website: https://regensunite.earth/

What will you offer to the Devcon attendees?

The opportunity to interact with fellow Regens that have on-the-ground experience in Colombia and around the world whether they are local activists, engineers, community organizers, working on permaculture, REFI, human development, etc.

It’s an opportunity for Devcon attendees to confront ideas with real-world needs or to get inspired to imagine new use cases for web3 to help people on the ground working to regenerate the planet, people, and communities.

We want to have an opportunity for people that have that ground experience to possibly do small workshops throughout our time in the space, and give people a chance to learn new ways of approaching these topics in the web3 world and see where they can help regenerate the planet. It is important to help people become aware of what is possible when you bring web3 and climate change together.

Add a rough outline of your Community Hubs program:

Regens Unite goals for the program:

  • Unite pioneers, experimenters, builders, and dreamers
  • Build relationships so that we can all work better together
  • Learn how we can contribute and join the regen movement as individuals, organizations, and institutions
  • Facilitate a space that intends to give participants a direct experience of what regeneration feels like, inside and out.

Rough outline (Program structures and workshops will be defined with Juank) :

8:30 am Breakfast/coffee.

9:30 am Opening ceremony and pods.

11:00 am - 13:00 pm: Workshops / Conversation tables.

13:00 pm to 14:00 - Lunch

14:00 am - 16:00 pm: Workshops / Conversation tables.

16:00 pm: Break and pods

16:00 - 16:30: Plenary closing session

17:00: Drinks

Every hour we offer community onboarding of Impromptu Networking for 15 Minutes

followed by a round of question collection

One particular design constraint for DevCon is the nature of the context that a Regen’s Unite could operate within. On one hand, this is a closed-door, quite exclusive event that actually flies in the face of the inclusive context Regens Unite tends to nurture. Nevertheless, if there is an opportunity to bring Regens together and facilitate interactions that would not otherwise be possible, we’re keen to contribute.

Given that DevCon is surrounded by and is itself a space with a lot of coming and going, how might we invite people into a container of more focus and depth? One possibility could be to host several shorter small group sessions early in the event that has a more drop-in and thus accessible feel. For example inviting people into a space of impromptu networking, with a series of 3 consecutive 1-1 conversations of just 5 minutes in length could offer a low-time investment introduction to the Regen Meme and community to people. With such a format there is an additional opportunity for a “rolling session start” where asynchronous start enables people walking by the opportunity to join every 5 minutes. After 15 minutes each person could be offered a personal decision point: would you like to opt-in for more engagement or not? Where those who wish the invitation to join additional small group interactions. Troika Consulting, where each person in a group of three asks advice once and offers advice twice, as well as Conversation Cafe, which organizes a small group discussion of 3-6 around a topic, could be two quite simple structures that could extend the time commitment by just 30 minutes. Depending on how many people participated more offers could become available. We can imagine a group of skilled facilitators acting as an interaction DJ, after inviting people to share reflections from these smaller conversations in a shared space then remixing the threads of discussions and inviting people to continue or exit the train as it were. Even the most simple and brief conversations could also afford us the opportunity to share our agenda with people and enable a more deliberate opt-in for a longer time commitment later. There is work to be done, in creating the particulars of this agenda, but it’s a constrained design space of doable work.

While I’ve thus far focused mostly on the mechanics of the patterns it is the question or prompt that sparks the interaction that makes the magic. Agnostic of what workform some questions predictably (Re)generate more human connection and interesting discussions between people. For example:

  • What advice, counsel or encouragement would you offer the 5-year-old version of yourself? What makes this significant to you?
  • What makes it important for you to be here?
  • What people, relationships, and particular role models positively shaped who you are today? On whose shoulders do you stand?
  • If you were to print a T-shirt for yourself, what would it say? What makes that meaningful for you?
  • What paradoxical yet complementary forces must we face in order to regenerate the planet?
  • Tell a story about a time when you had a positive impact on someone
  • Tell a story about a time when someone gave you more/better than you believed you deserved

This list is in fact infinite, and it’s late

List the people who will organize, oversee and be responsible for the Community Hub:

RU core contributors team locomotives for the project: Shauna Butterly, Jeremy Nathaniel Akers & Sinouhé Monteiro.

Important decisions affecting RU will always be taken with the consent of all the core contributors: Anna-Marie Swan, Bruno Roemers, Jeremy Akers, Leen Schelfhout, Sinouhé Monteiro, Xavier Damman, samaelaross (design), Kris Is.

Local contributor for RU implementation at Devcon Colombia: Juank

The RU team will be looking for more locals to organize the event, to bring different backgrounds to discover Devcon.

Calling all regens from Colombia to reach out to us so that we can make this happen together.

P.S: We are currently finishing a handbook on how to approach Regens Unite Events. This can be used to help guide those in the right direction if they choose to use it.

List the equipment or production needs (see what’s possible in the RFP):

  • An adaptable space.

  • A space with chairs and possibly a few small tables that we can move around.

  • Whiteboards, whiteboard markers (or big sheets stands).

  • Plants and lighting - recreate the safe and warm environment we had in Brussels for Regens Unite. We want this space to be inviting and for those that are not sure what Regens Unite is, to come, feel welcome and ask questions.

  • A TV, banners & goodies (stickers, pins) to show the logo/branding of Regens Unite.

Please look at the picture of our past events to have an example of the vibe we create:

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Hi @Sinouhe1 :wave:

Thank you so much for handing in this proposal! It sounds wonderful. :slight_smile:

A couple of housekeeping things:
Please make sure you have read and understood the rough framework that we operate in for Community Hubs which comes with a few responsibilities and limitations: RFP-5: Community Hubs

Especially regarding your production needs (" An adaptable space. A space with chairs and possibly a few small tables that we can move around.") I just want to manage your expectations: The Devcon venue only has limited space available for all the amazing things we are planning. Each Community Hub will have roughly a size of 24m². Hence, there will be not so many options to put tables etc. For an idea how it could look like, please have a look at the renderings here in the Community Hub section: Meet Continuous Devcon — Devcon Bogotá, Oct 11 → 14

I think it is still do-able, but depending on the content you may want to make your sessions smaller or more adjustable (like mini-workshops).

The photos of your last event look lovely!

Lastly, I’m not sure if you saw the ReFi Amazonia Hub proposal here? → ReFi community hub - ReFi Amazonia - #6 by diegomazo89

Might it make sense for the two of you to collaborate / potentially explore sharing a space?

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Hello @franzihei,

I hope you’re doing fabulously well :smile:

I have a couple of questions to ask you in regards to the space (for now, perhaps RU team might have more questions in the near future :stuck_out_tongue: )

  1. Do you have an idea of how many people fit in each section of the space (I see sofas and two-seater chairs)?

  2. How many facilitation sessions (workshops) can take place at the same time, I see 3 sections in the picture you sent me.

In regards to Refi Amazonia, it would be very nice to meet and collaborate together with them. What do you think would be the best way for me to contact them? By direct messaging or directly on their forum?

ttyl,

Sinouhé

Hi @Sinouhe1 :slight_smile:

  1. Each space will be roughly 24m² big, so we are estimating 12 people can fit comfortably, more people would be possible only when standing.
  2. Currently, we are planning the space with 6 Community Hubs in total (if you look closely at the render you can see that there is another row with 3 spaces directly behind the first row)

I’m currently working with production on figuring all the details out and will keep you posted if there are updates!

In regards to Refi Amazonia, it would be very nice to meet and collaborate together with them. What do you think would be the best way for me to contact them? By direct messaging or directly on their forum?

Yes, I would just recommend you guys to get in touch because it is very unlikely that we will have two similar spaces and it might make sense for you to collaborate. :slight_smile: Posting in their forum post might be a good first step!

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I would love a Regens Unite space inside Devcon! (shot out to Jeremy and JuanK) :heart_on_fire:

Met @diegomazo89, one of the proposers of ReFi Amazonia during ETH Barcelona, so happy to bridge with them (yet, posting in their proposal seems like the best move or waiting if he replies here).

There are also smaller ReFi Spring/DAO and independent regen groups in LATAM that should be represented.

In my opinion, having the umbrella of professional facilitation of Regens Unite (thinking liberating structures) involving regional groups seems like the best path forward.

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Hi @Sinouhe1 ! let’s join forces! One Regen space for all is the goal! Happy to have a chat to combine the proposals :slight_smile: @dmazorosete is my telegram and my twitter

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Hey Knobs, loving the support, can you text me on Twitter: @sinomont

We have set up a “Bogota” category with different channels, I would love to invite you and start building it up together !

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Diego, Let’s do this, I will contact you through Twitter!

Hello Franzhi,

Hope you’re doing fabulously well!

First of all, thank you for introducing Refi Amazonia, we have decided to join forces!

I have a couple of questions to ask you in regard to the way we should proceed with the next steps:

  1. How does one know whether “our community hub” is accepted or rejected?

  2. If accepted, where do we iterate, and add info as we build the program for the RUBogotaDevcon gathering? Do you have any info on this?

For instance, I’d like to update the proposal, now that we will work with Amazonia, I’d like to add them to the content of the proposal.

Have a nice day,

Sinouhé Monteiro

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Just followed you. Great to see this coordination happening and happy to continue supporting it!