This post describes "Faerie rings", a copiable form of community that forms a building block for capturing the upsides:  learning from each other, deeper relationships, and support to solve problems that are beyond one's abilities. I believe it counts as a nascent prototype for an Iterated Trust Kickstarter.

I copied most of this description outright from @mixmix on the scuttlebutt platform. Citation details:


The form

  • A group of up to 8 people
  • A call once every 2 weeks, for 2-3 months. The schelling days for this are Full Moon and New Moon.

Everyone has a turn checking in

  • how are you
  • how is it going

There's a host (who changes)

  • They open & close the circle
  • They make sure everyone gets to speak


The rest of the format grows to fit the group. It might include things like

  • a focus question
  • asks / offers
    • do you have something you’d like to get help with / to offer ?
  • freestyle

(I have some ideas of my own, but this post is for getting the main concept across.)

Every 4th meeting, one person from a faerie ring temporarily swaps with a person from another ring. This encourages networks to graft together in microsolidarity and cross-pollinate good format ideas.

Check out this doc for coordinating a ring.

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I think this is a great idea and would like to join, but the first date clashes with the AI Safety Unconference. Should I sign up anyway, or would you prefer people who can make the first call have priority?

You could try to start your own ring, there's templates for it on that page, or I could put you down to invite in for the second meeting. (provided we're not full up then)