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Microsolidarity is an open research network developing patterns and practices for mutual aid communities. This is not a podcast exactly, more like an audio diary for people participating in the research.

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What We Learned From the 1st Gathering of Microsolidarity Practitioners


Kaicamp Debrief
Talking with @kaisoapbox about his experience organising a gathering for twitter friends, with his hosting team: @herrowna, @zrkrlc, @michhmatch, @aballrolling & @amirism_   Kai's thread of upcoming camps: Rival Voices' post-jesscamp thread:  Notable mentions: @frideswyth @nosilverv @m_ashcroft @gptbrooke @tpotvibecamp @Aella_Girl @visakanv    Past interviews with organisers:   Silvia:  Brooke:  More about microsolidarity:
July 30, 2022
a roadmap for high-trust communities
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July 28, 2022
Twitter is for Making Friends - Catalyzbon Event Debrief - Silvia Bastos
This conversation is about using Twitter to make meaningful community. Rich is in conversation with Silvia, who recently organised a 30-person gathering in Lisbon.  The fundraiser Silvia mentioned:  Join us in the Microsolidarity Discord:  More at:
July 20, 2022
Weaving Social Fabric With Climate Justice Activists
A conversation with Jonas Gröner about his plans to create more community among the climate justice activists in Vienna, Austria.  More about microsolidarity:
June 13, 2022
What We Learned From the 1st Gathering of Microsolidarity Practitioners
Learn more about Microsolidarity here: Learn more about Doomer Optimism here: and here:
June 09, 2022
Managing Participation Inequity in a Housing Coop
Polarity Management tweet is here: Learn more about Microsolidarity here:
June 09, 2022
Karl Steyaert interview before Microsolidarity Gathering
1st Microsolidarity Gathering is happening in Belgium May 2022 (now sold out).  If you want to join the 2nd gathering, in USA in November, see for more info.  More about Karl:
April 27, 2022
VibeCamp Debrief with Brooke
Vibecamp is Brooke is @gptbrooke on twitter Here's how you can donate to the organising team. Video of this conversation: See for more
March 09, 2022
Cults & Community Heartbreak with QC
QC is @QiaochuYuan on Twitter.
March 09, 2022
Community & Uncertainty - repost from Reach Truth Podcast
Richard Bartlett speaks with Tasshin Fogleman about Enspiral, microsolidarity, collapse, cults, DAO's, and more. Originally published on the Reach Truth Podcast:
November 22, 2021
Intentional Society
James Baker, founder of Intentional Society, speaking with Richard D. Bartlett about their community building experience, especially focussed on questions of how to decentralise leadership.  Their website is here:
November 22, 2021
Blivande - 1st team retreat - Oct 2021
A conversation with Diana Monsberger, community organiser at Blivande house in Stockholm. They're having their first team retreat soon, so Diana talked with Rich about how to design the gathering.   Some questions:   - how to work with 35 people - how to include people who don't desire structured intimacy - how to make it fun and not too serious - how to include people who can't participate for the full duration of the retreat - how to encourage people to speak with people they wouldn't otherwise connect with - how to connect the newbies with people who have been around for longer - what kinds of rituals can work in this community   Links: - Blivande House: - Troika Consulting: - Open Space: - Authentic Relating: - Jojojo question cards:
October 02, 2021
Enspiral Europe - 1st Gathering
Silvia Bastos is one of the co-hosts of the recent Pico Island gathering: She interviewed Richard Bartlett, one of the co-hosts of the recent Enspiral Europe gathering.  Video of this conversation is available here: Mentioned in this conversation:
September 02, 2021
Pico Island Congregation - 1st Summer Gathering - June 2021
Silvia Bastos, Michal Korzonek & Richard D. Bartlett have a "debrief" conversation after the first gathering of their microsolidarity community in Pico Island, off the coast of Portugal. Lavishly documented here: Join the next Microsolidarity practice program:  More about the Microsolidarity project: Video of this conversation:
June 21, 2021
Joshua Vial & Richard D. Bartlett: the journey of a community founder
Joshua Vial is the founder of Enspiral: we talk about what it's like to be a community founder, how to decentralise power, creating adult-to-adult relationships, vision, experimentation, safety & harm, freedom & responsibility... and lots of other good stuff :) If you're not familiar with Enspiral, here's some introductory links: a 2 min video: a 30 min presentation from Alanna Irving: an interview with Jim Rutt and me More links: Video from this conversation available here:
June 20, 2021
Cultural Catalyst Network - Presentation from Karl Staeyert & Leonie Smith
Video version: Cultural Catalyst Network:
June 01, 2020
Microsolidarity in Maastricht, pt 2
Previous episode is here: Bea + Josh are starting a new microsolidarity community in Maastricht in the Netherlands. This is their second conversation with Rich & Nati where they present their plans and seek feedback. We talk about crews, how to develop a sense of shared ownership & participatory culture, and meeting online vs in person. More info:
April 29, 2020
Cultural Catalyst Network - conversation with Karl Steyaert & Richard D. Bartlett
Video of this conversation here: Karl shares his plans for a new community of practice he is about to launch; Rich gives feedback; then they get deeper into the personal questions of what it is like to be us doing this community weaving work at this time.   - digital connection with physical distance  - choosing which 1 thing to work on and which 9 things to put down (how to delegate)  - Internal Family Systems Therapy and how it applies to our roles  - going with the dao of life, moving from inspiration not obligation  - a 21st century ashram that is non dogmatic, a life giving structure that creates the routines and structures that bias towards healthy interior states  - practicing aikido, making music   Karl's recommended resources here: Cultural Catalyst Network: More on microsolidarity here:
April 07, 2020
Courage & Cooperation: interview with Ari in the Air & Richard D. Bartlett
Reproducing Ari's podcast, originally posted here: More about microsolidarity here: 
April 02, 2020
2x7x2 Relational Practice with Ronan Harrington and Richard D. Bartlett
A little taste to show you what we mean by microsolidarity: Ronan speaks for 7 minutes, Rich reflects back for 2 minutes, then they switch roles. An extremely simple relational practice that can make a big difference in less than half an hour. Ping me on Twitter
March 20, 2020
Markel Cormenzana and Richard D. Bartlett get to know each other
This is the first meeting between Markel Cormenzana and Rich. We get to know each other and talk about some of the design philosophy behind our work. More info at
March 18, 2020
Microsolidarity in Maastricht pt 1
Bea + Josh are starting a new microsolidarity community in Maastricht in the Netherlands. This is their first conversation with Rich where they present their plans and seek his feedback. We talk about leadership, facilitation, boundaries, and the tension between abstraction and practice.  More info:
February 11, 2020
Nati and john talking about pods at Enspiral
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December 13, 2019
Discussion about Crews at Enspiral Summer Retreat 2019
Here's a conversation recorded at the big annual gathering of Enspiral, talking about the very practical side of starting and running Crews. This recording is annotated with lots of links, over here:
February 27, 2019
Research questions
Links & background here:
February 15, 2019