Introducing our Ways of Working
One of the beautiful challenges with creating a resident-led model is uncovering how we can genuinely collaborate and coordinate our efforts as a collective. Now that we have over twenty involved people within our community - be them villagers, team members, directors and advisors, we’ve taken some time to figure out how we can collectively take ownership and drive the project together.
We realise the limitations of traditional hierarchy. So we’ve designed a way for us to share responsibility and leadership.
Matching our structure to our philosophy
How we organise ourselves needs to reflect our philosophy of openness, inclusion and determination. We want to be more horizontal than hierarchical. What’s important is that each of us can meaningfully participate, that each of us can work with autonomy and make decisions and that each of us can lead at any given moment or take a back seat when the other parts of our lives need our full focus.
The balance is between empowerment, thoughtfulness and moving freely.
We’ve self-formed into three working groups:
1) Finance, Funding, Legals & Land
2) Community & Communications
3) Design & Build
One of our three directors belong to each of the groups but don’t constantly lead. We prefer fluid rotating leadership within groups so that we don’t become reliant on one person. Ideas from each group can be fed directly back to the board, other groups involved in the conversation and strategic decisions swiftly made.
Participation, choice & silo-prevention
Each of our community members can decide which group they want to be a part of depending on how available they are and where they feel they can best contribute - an ideal we’ve heard called “the rule of two feet.”
There aren’t any boundaries between groups. Cross-group cuppas, conversations, questions, connections, creativity and conflict is vital so that we don’t begin building unconscious walls between each group.
Rituals & rhythms
The very first foundations that each of our groups have now laid are their own rituals and rhythms: how (and how often) our group will come together, the time we want to commit, how we can best use our time together, how will we keep our convos flowing in-between our in-person catchups, how will we connect the dots between us and the other two groups?
We believe that the success of resident-led development will come from two key things: assembling a diverse committed community that cares; and co-ordinating all of our skills, ideas, expertise and efforts alongside all of our partners along the journey. By collectively shaping how we work together, we’ve taken a big step.