In the past guilds were the creative and economic heart of their civilizations. They regulated industries, and maintained communities of practice dedicated to particular crafts.
Guilds were co-developmental, training apprentices and journeymen to become masters.
Guilds of the future are also co-developmental communities, focused on a specific disciplines. However, unlike the guilds of the past, guilds of the future are more open, more fluid, and innovative much faster.
"Æthos" is the synthesis of goodness and beauty. For us, ( æthos ) is a guild whose core discipline is ethical development and its application in Design. Our mission is to embody the truth of our interconnection through design, story, and experience.
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Guilding is the contemporary art and science of cultivating emergent organizations adaptive to our contemporary pressures and needs.
A Master Class is an opportunity to study and practice with someone who we consider a master of applying ( æthos ) to their particular discipline: designing emergent organizations and cultivating the capacities we need to develop to live in and with them
We’re in a Great Transition: environments, economies, governments, institutions, cultures, technologies, identities are all decohering faster than ever before.
We experience this as accelerating decoherence.
Coherence is the dynamic collective participation in some deep, shared quality. It is practiced with protocols, or rituals, that spark, sustain, and deepen it. Cultivating coherence initiates cultures that are self-healing and self-evolving.
In an age of increasing decoherence, cultures that practice coherence will out adapt those that are not.
Bonnitta Roy is a leading edge researcher and practitioner in the behavior of emergent organizations and the capacities we need to develop to live in and with them.
The simple, and elegant protocols at the heart of her “open participatory organizations” (OPO) bridge organizational design, direct perception, and complex sense-making and are informed by deep study of management theory, architecture, affective neuroscience, process philosophy, metaphysics, phenomenology, and contemplative traditions.
We believe Bonnie’s work is “required reading” for learning to perform as a community in a complex world.
You're an independent creative, a leader of agile teams, or a change agent in a larger organization. You're interested in doing more meaningful and creative work, in deeper coherence with your collaborators. The divide between "life" and "work" seems increasingly irrelevant, and you want to grow in both wisdom and skill while you practice your craft.
You're looking for relevant inspiration, practical tools, and a community of practice to help you develop in your unique path of mastery.
We’re ( æthos ), a creative guild exploring the intersection of goodness and beauty. Our mission is to embody the truth of our interconnection through story, design and experience.
( æthos ) is a co-creative and co-developmental community of practice. We are storytellers, designers and culture geeks.
( æthos ) institute creates content and experiences that help to develop wisdom and skill in devotion to a healthier world.
The weekend Master Class costs $245 /person
This Master Class asks:
How do we nourish self-organizing, self-evolving communities of practice? What are the signposts for when emergent organizations are going well, or not going well? What is the pattern language of guilding?
It will offer theory, practice, and take home tools to practice coherence and generate ethical, abundant, anti-fragile creative communities?
You'll also get:
• a map to see more clearly
• a grounded sense of connectedness
• a community aspiring to embody our interconnection
• practices for increasing capacity
• the bones of a new story
• a breath of fresh air
• a delicious lunch, a chef's dinner, and nourishing snacks
Yes, on Sunday for Open Studio. Saturday is attendee-only, but on Sunday we'll host a wider community to practice and explore the themes of Guilding. We'll form crews together and use the various creative spaces at Taohaus to find coherence among our individual paths and passions.
On Saturday we will provide catered lunch from Bi-Rite and a chef’s dinner in the evening.
The Master Class is hosted at our guildhall, Taohaus.
711 Scott St., San Francisco CA 94117
Saturday, May 25 will begin at 9a, and we should end dinner by 8p. We'll get funky till 10' if you're up for it.
Sunday, May 26 will start at 1p and end by 6p.
Lyft is best.
Civic Center is the closest BART and the 31 stops a few blocks away at Turk and Baker.
'Guildcraft' is the art and science of cultivating co-developmental and co-creative communities of practice.
Guilds are communities of practice committed to developing their members' skills, protecting the integrity of their crafts, and cultivating the health of their economic/ecological niche. Guilds can emerge anywhere: among independent creative collectives, within startups, or across disciplines in large organizations.
Many other people are also working toward novel ways of organizing, using somewhat different language and structures. Holacracy, Enspiral, and the DAO are all instances of this movement. For us, guilding is a particular form of a more general function, focused on creative teams.
We consider open participatory organizations (OPO), pioneered by Bonnitta Roy, to be key 'source code' for cultivating organizations that are living, natural, and highly motivating. Bonnitta is an organizational wizard who draws inspiration from sources as diverse as management theory, complex systems science, neurophenomenology, and equine qi-gong. She has discovered fundamental protocols at the heart of human relating and has been a core mentor and collaborator of ours for many years.
Bonnitta Roy is an international award winning author, presenter, and trainer. She is the creator of the Open Participatory Organization and Founder of APP Associates International. Her upcoming book ‘Our Future at Work’ can be previewed at Medium.
"We are reinventing what it means to participate, by experimenting with self-organizing teams that continually renew their passion, ignite their enthusiasm, and activate their imagination in collaborative ways of working together."
In growing ( æthos ), we find ourselves asking many questions about culture, org structure, and strategy, all of which stem from one fundamental inquiry:
Your inquiries will frame the masterclass, shaping our practices and discussions over the weekend. We will aim to collectively make practical progress on all of the questions you come with.
What questions are you asking?
Over the course of two days, you will gain:
- practices to take home that create more alive, adaptive structures for organizations
- guideposts for when your organization is moving in the right direction even if your goal is emergent
- insight from other practitioners' projects
- new and deeper connections
Sunday afternoon we will have space to share practices with each other in an open studio / unconference. We will also discuss ways of creating an ongoing local community of practice around guildcraft.
- rituals / (re)generating coherence
- practices / finding collective flow
- theory / Open Participatory Organizations
- practicum / sponsors' session (private)1
- participatory open studio / unconference
Individuals, teams, and companies organizing in new ways for greater innovation, fluidity, and service.
We have space for 30 participants.
Local, seasonal, responsibly sourced lunch and chef’s dinner on Saturday. Lunch for practicum participants Sunday, and snacks both days are all included.
Early bird pricing is $195 / person until June 5. Then tickets are $295.
Don't. Just Lyft, or carpool.
We'll be filming for a prototype micro-doc and magazine to share our learnings. You'll be on camera, but you're already beautiful.