Small Group Lab Events – Boston

We are seeking corporations, nonprofits, and other organizations in the Greater Boston area interested holding a Small Group Lab community building event. This is in conjunction with our field testing and ongoing resource development process.   What kind of organizations are we seeking?

  • Organization interested in strengthening their community
  • Can gather 30 to 150 staff and volunteers in their own space to participate
  • Has facility with flexible seating for the above number of participants
  • Participants able to meet for a single two hour session
  • Participant feedback at the end of session and via questionnaire

There are group practices, activities, and conversations that have a powerful impact on all types of communities, but also context specific opportunities we want to identify, refine, and share.

Why focus on building community?  Stronger relationships have many potential benefits including increased communication, collaboration, and creativity.  Our ability to work together and the quality of that work is dependent on our relationships.

We are reaching out directly to organizations, but welcome inquiries via referral and this website. Please contact Peter Bowden with your interest.

Sparking a Small Group Revolution

As we enter this New Year, let’s talk intention. The mission of the Small Group Lab is to strengthen the social fabric of human society.  So, how do you do that?  I think it comes down to giving people what they want and need — community.

This is a going to be a collaborative project.   First, I am going to work to take what I believe are the most successful and flexible small group models from my work over the years and make them available as Creative Commons resources.

There are a lot of specific programs and curricula available, often branded and tied to organizations.  I want to take the best group knowledge I have and share it.  From there, we can work together to adapt it, remix it, together.  As we move forward, I’ll be sharing models for gathering groups, facilitation and other guides, example session plans and templates.

As these Creative Commons small group resources are released, the hope is that more and more people will create, adapt, and share related resources and session plans.  Together we can support each other in designing, launching, and facilitating amazing groups and networks of groups.

These can range from personal friendship-based groups, groups connected to social justice causes, corporations, or other contexts.  Ultimately, it is about helping people use proven models to connect and accomplish more together.

I am working on the first batch and iteration of resources now.  If you are interested in receiving them, please sign up to receive Small Group Lab updates!

In community,
Peter

Creative Commons Small Group Resources

The Small Group Lab is dedicated to empowering people to strengthen communities and organizations everywhere using small groups.  A primary way we’re going to do this is by releasing small group resources and templates that can be adapted and shared in a wide range of contexts.

We’ll be releasing new resources over the coming months including Creative Commons small group models and session templates can be adapted for your specific context.

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What is Creative Commons?  It is a way for creators to make their work publicly available with specifications for how that work can be used, remixed, and so on. The following video explains:

The content contained in this video is available under the Creative Commons Attribution- ShareAlike License v 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/b…) unless otherwise stated. The work is attributable to: Victor Grigas, Wikimedia Foundation. Video by Victor Grigas Music by Kate Orange