Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Potluck as metaphor (and reality) of civic engagement

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In the Potluck Action Network, we're building a network of thousands of potluck groups across the country, meeting in each other's homes on a regular basis for the long term, to plan and experience active civic engagement. Each person in each potluck group of 12 commits to doing one progressive action of their own choosing per month, while discussing it and getting feedback from the other members of the group at the potlucks.

Designed for members of every age, from 10 through college through retirement, our groups have no leader but instead are guided by a "Chef" in the group, whose action focus is to ensure group continuity, inform the network of the group's progress, and keep everyone meeting regularly, happy, engaged, and well fed. Each potluck group purposely works on a self-chosen set of topics, ensuring that each member stays interested and able to influence the directions and successes of the potluck group.

Through learning about and acting on the issues we choose, we create experienced specialists on a variety of topics, guard against burnout, have fun, make lifelong friends, and create a network of people learning to create constructive changes, all while enjoying dessert."


Blogger Chris said...

It would be cool if they could actually knit together a real network, by having members of one potluck go to another one, like a big national world cafe. i wonder if it wouldn't make more sense to pledge that rather than doing one piece of action. What if we pledged to find a way to connect these potlucks, especially during the holidays when everyone is travelling anyway. I'll be lots more would come out of the actual creation of a network rather than a simple piece of action undertaken by an individual. What do you think?

10:20 AM  
Blogger Nancy White said...

As I chew on this idea, Chris, a couple of images come to mind. One is the network one, where one potluck touches another potluck - either by having a combined meeting or sending emissaries to other potlucks. So nodes connect to nodes.

The other is the cumulative to one center. (One big world cafe).

Which one were you thinking of...

Lets brainstorm what the "way to connect" might be.

8:07 AM  

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