Co-designing a platform for self-organizing networks

Co-designing a platform for self-organizing networks

How do you know who is in your network? How do you find people who are interested in similar topics or actions? How do you know your network is making a difference? How does your network support self-organizing?

These are some of the questions about communications and platforms in networks that Ari Sahagún and June Holley will discuss in this upcoming session on November 3rd. Ari will give a demo of the Rhizome platform – an innovative platform designed for and with networks that provides weavers with real-time data about the network.  June will demonstrate how mobilizing network weavers to co-design a platform can result in a vibrant, engaged and self-organizing network.  The bigger vision underlying our work is to support network weavers more holistically, co-creating learning and practice spaces together to support their networks. There will be plenty of time for discussion and questions.

This session will be useful for any network exploring possible platforms for their network, but we are hoping that some of you may want to join us in a 6-month platform co-design process.

We are looking for up to 5 networks who fit the criteria and can contribute $5,000 – $10,000 for their involvement in the use and co-design of the Rhizome platform and practice sessions. We will have an equity scholarship for one group who cannot contribute at this time.

Nov 3 // 9a Pacific / 10a CDMX / 12n Eastern / 5p CET

1 hr, stay after for Q&A

Register for this session here.

Here are some screenshots from Rhizome

Part of a Dashboard

Criteria for self-organizing networks we want to work with

  1. Have been in operation for some time (not new/nascent network)
    1. Have a sense of what the network is
    2. Have considered questions of network infrastructure (ex. governance, resource sharing, etc) – not necessarily have it figured out
    3. Have active and engaged network members
  2. Has self-organizing or collaborative projects or ready to form them
    1. Have some background knowledge of self-organizing or willing to put in time to learn
  3. Has staff or a leadership group willing to put in an hour or two every week to plan with us
  4. Attempting to live into network values (embracing uncertainty, practicing decentralization, co-design/participation)
  5. Have substantial number of participants who have been marginalized (BIPOC, global south, youth, etc)
  6. Seeking transformation and/or building alternatives (economics, justice, etc)