Enspiral News: April 2023
What's alive in Enspiral?
Happy Beltane 🔥 (in the Northern Hemisphere at least)
Perhaps you’re sitting on the edge of your seat impatiently refreshing your inbox waiting for another edition of the Enspiral News. That wait is over! I invite you to take a deep breath, release any tension that might be present in your body, and then bring a big smile on your face as we're about to meander together through what's alive in Enspiral.
Once upon time, Enspiral was one big circle, centred on Wellington in Aotearoa NZ. But then it grew too big and wide, and the one circle had to break up into a few smaller circles called nodes. First there was a new node in Europe. Then there was a virtual node called Enspiral DAO. But there wasn’t a node to welcome in people from the area where it all began.
Enspiral Kumara is that node, and it’s currently growing up in its snug little Tāpapa…
Kumara Node is now in Tāpapa (Seedbed) stage with two Winterfests coming up - in the NZ and Australia.
Here’s a Summerfest 2023 Memento Video radiating some excellent vibes, to nourish you with inspiration, compiled by our ex-catalyst Joriam.
Our updated Handbook is now live 🎉 although while the DNS records are being redirected (🤖) the handbook.enspiral.com still brings up the older version (not for long).
Our handbook is intended as a living document reflecting the current state of the network. The handbook's primary audience is Enspiral members, but it will be publicly available for others who might find it useful. The goal is to give everyone in the network as much clarity and context as possible, while sharing our structures and practices with the outside world as well.
A snapshot at our old handbook is preserved here for future reference.
Podcast of the Month
Each month I pick one podcast to feature in our newsletter. This time I invite you to check out a conversation with Emily, where we explore different facets of embodiment, such as physical expression, practices to tune in to your body, and artfully navigating physical touch in community spaces.
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Have a listen to this Outside Conversation with Brandon and Meg - on what is possible in the present.
JV officially stepped back from day to day operations at Dev Academy Aotearoa, and here's a short linkedin post with what's next.
And because JV moves fast, here's an idea in motion - helping people with no or little coding experience learn enough so they can confidently create code they can use in their work, personal life or side project. Have a look at this post.
Ants is running the first public cohort of Sit Down and Practice (6 week meditation training designed for busy freelancers, entrepreneurs, independent consultants, self directed professionals etc. Check it out here.
Michał brings his playful facilitation wizardry to a Mid-Career Shifts Programme, designed for mid-career professionals looking to de-risk their transition into the world of meaningful work.
Ed invites you to consider a residency at the Newspeak House - a hub for communities working to change society with technology
Free Te Tiriti training - online, 2nd of May
Are you thinking of taking some time off? Itamar shares his go-to article for sabbatical planning.
Richie shares an article about “Bio Design” - an emerging form of design, integrating living organisms.
Part research, part art, part intellectual enquiry into online communities and technologies - The Sacred Stacks: The Art of Cyborg Community
Check out Vivita - a creativity accelerator for curious kids and youths, with branches in a few countries and perhaps soon - NZ.
In Barcelona, Kids Bike to School in Large, Choreographed Herds. The ‘bicibús,’ is considered a highly replicable model that makes getting to school fun, safe and sustainable.
With so many things happening, and so many things to celebrate I bring you your personal invitation to create a Moment of Joy:
What would bring you joy today? A dance? A swim? A frozen mango icecream topped up with blended strawberries and peanut butter?
Go for it!