Before the Corona-autumn recommendations hit us, I had started to think and write down a vision of Noden in the coming year. Now, with some of the excitement haltered through the pausing of our physical meetings and workshops, it seems even more important to dare to dream and put some energy in making visions happen. We don’t know how long the community will have to restrict physical meetings showing civic responsibility. What I do know is that I want Noden to continue to change, morph and expand, influencing the cultural landscape of Stockholm and connecting people to a sense of community.
This here right now is MY vision, I am hoping to collaborate with some of you in including and specifying the vision to manifest a shared desired reality. Please add your flavour to the vision by commenting and joining the vision dreaming. I am going to publish this in five days on our webpage, in case you want to add something.
Noden Vision 2021
Re-Definition of Purpose
Noden was created five years ago out of a facebook-group and a discussion around syntheism. Today, the organisation has morphed into something else with implicit principles and values. It is time to make the implicit explicit and reformulate the purpose of Noden in the bylaws. This is happening right now in the forum. The work-group on changing the bylaws additionally wants to formulate principles similar to those adopted by the Borderland, to set intentions to our interactions. These are not to be set in stone but can and will change, grow and morph with our community in time.
Reach Investing Sustainability
Noden has as of today 316 members. In spring 2020, the pandemic caused a lot of members to drop off, but we have recovered during summer and early autumn 2020. Financial sustainability and independence from relying on savings that would allow for a continuous investment in equipment for workshops and improvements of communal spaces requires around 400 active monthly supporters. In 2021, we aim to reach full investing sustainability.
Governance Decentralization and Crews
This year, Noden started to shift tasks and even decision making to non-board sub-groups called “crews”. The Communication-Crew is our first board-independent group and deals with communication in and around Noden. Having this crew is a big step towards decentralization. Decentralizing decision making empowers members to get more involved and prevents reliance on individual members and their involvement or reliance on the board for decision making, which makes the organisation more resilient and vivid. We hope to expand involvement by encouraging the creation of more crews working on other tasks (eg. PR-Crew, Outreach-Crew and Members-Onboarding-Crew). Members can join the crew that either helps them develop a skill or a crew they want to gift their talent/skill to.
The New Generation - Noden Kids
Noden is already a place welcoming a broad group of people of all ages. In the past, we have had a couple of children’s events during the weekends. Having kids or kids friendly events allows for both parents and children to enjoy activities and community together. We have a growing number of new parents in our midst, so let’s create the settings to include the whole family.
Welcoming New Members
The Communication-Crew is planning to set up a better way of welcoming new members. It can be difficult to understand Noden and the wider community as a newbie, thus it can take months for members to understand the level of initiative and involvement possible. We hope to overcome involvement barriers by organising reoccurring member-welcoming events and dinners.
Getting Smarter Together
Noden has historically had mostly workshops centered around movement, music and personal development. And Noden can be more. We have a beautiful location in central Stockholm and could invite speakers, scientists and researchers to present their work to a public audience. Noden can be a trial stage for young researchers and professionals to talk about their work to a non-expert crowd. At the same time, the audience can learn about what people think and work on in different professions across society and get connected and inspired. These events could resemble the current safe stage and be enriched with academic and professional content. The world of today is interdisciplinary.
Authentic Relating Hub
Authentic Relating refers to a communication technique that uses games and exercises to support empathy and curiosity in conversations enabling rapid and deep human connection. Noden has always been a place of relational experimentation through the spirit of co-creation and a general tendency of its members to explore conventional relational boundaries. In september 2020, we started Authentic Relating meet-ups at Noden, that have since become one of our most visited workshops. Authentic Relating relies on principles facilitating conversations between anyone, not focused on an outcome or compromise, but focused on understanding the others perspective. In today’s polarized world, this skill is necessary to build bridges and understand the complexity of human opinions and views. Noden has the potential to become an Authentic Relating Hub in Stockholm and contribute to empathic and productive conversation.