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What is Online People Need People

A conversational process that invites groups of online participants to explore the ways in which they are making sense of the rapid changes currently unfolding. These changes are taking place across and through multiple contexts of life. 

The Warm Data Lab process that underpins People Need People Online has already been used in impoverished inner cities in the United States and vulnerable communities in the UK and Australia with remarkable and profound results. The same process has been successfully used with governments in Finland, Sweden and Australia to address complex issues.

This process is designed for communities encountering an entirely new way of getting through their day to day lives, that allows each decision to be seen within larger contexts. Additionally, it addresses the more ancient survival need of human connection in recognition that the immediate physical and financial needs of communities are interlocked with needs for communication, learning, and navigating complexity in the unknowns of this moment.

People need People is …

… an online space for people in their communities encountering an entirely new way of getting through their days to deal with basic needs (transactional), as well as meeting the more ancient survival need of warm human connection (healing).

… a meeting of many contexts of life, a space where the complexity of how we come together meets the complexity inside each of us. Founded on the rigorous principles of the Warm Data Lab process to hold the complexity of systems change with vitality and warmth. The structure of the online spaces and the interaction of the participants generates recognition that the immediate physical and financial needs of the community are interdependent with needs for communication, learning, and figuring out how to get through the unknowns of this moment and explore a new  space opening up of unprecedented possibility.

… an experimentation with new and existing technologies to breathe warmth into otherwise cold and two-dimensional digital spaces.

… an activation of the individuals’ generosity and integrity towards the interdependency of collective life. When the structures are melting, it is this connective tissue that is the fiber of what holds together community.

There are some things that feel impossible to shift in this crazy world, but recent events are demonstrating the fluidity of patterns and structures that we previously considered rigid. , Now we see the vast opening of possibility of things to be done to open the future of people helping people — right now, today, without committees or policies. The space opens up for creativity, new forms of care, kindness, solidarity, warmth, spontaneity, and role redefinition. The question arises, “who can we be in this time of unprecedented change?”

Nora Bateson

Nora Bateson is an award-winning filmmaker, writer and educator, as well as President of the International Bateson Institute, based in Sweden. Her work asks the question “How we can improve our perception of the complexity we live within, so we may improve our interaction with the world?”. An international lecturer, researcher and writer, Nora wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary, An Ecology of Mind, a portrait of her father, Gregory Bateson. Her work brings the fields of biology, cognition, art, anthropology, psychology, and information technology together into a study of the patterns in ecology of living systems. Her book, Small Arcs of Larger Circles, released by Triarchy Press, UK, 2016 is a revolutionary personal approach to the study of systems and complexity.

The IBI integrates the sciences, arts and professional knowledge to create a qualitative inquiry of the integration of life. As President, Nora directs research projects at the IBI that require multiple contexts of research and interdependent processes. Asking, “How can we create a context in which to study the contexts?”, an impressive team of international thinkers, scientists and artists have been brought together by the IBI to generate an innovative form of inquiry, which Nora coined “Transcontextual Research”.

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