Sparking a Small Group Revolution

As we enter this New Year, let’s talk intention. The mission of my new project the Small Group Lab is to strengthen the social fabric of human society.  Kind of big, I know.  But that’s what I’ve been doing for the last 20 years offline.  Now I’m working to bring the models and resources online.

This is 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

9/23 Event: “Never Alone? The Perils and Promises of Community in the Digital Age”

LIKE - (C) IstockPhotoInterested in social media, changing technology and culture? This coming Wednesday, October 23, 2013  I am speaking at the Learning Community at First Church Boston.  The talk is titled   “Never Alone?  The Perils and Promises of Community in the Digital Age.”   If you’re in the greater Boston area I hope you’ll join me.   There is an optional dinner ($) before the talk, but the talk at 7:30pm is free and open to the public.  It will be a combination of presentation followed by discussion.  Full details below.

“Never Alone?  The Perils and Promises of Community in the Digital Age”
Speaker:  Peter Bowden
October 23, 2013  First Church Boston, MA
66 Marlborough St., Boston, MA 02116 Map
7:30pm Presentation – Free
6:00pm Optional Dinner – $12  Online Reservation for Dinner

Thanks to smart phones, people across the world are becoming increasingly connected to the Internet and each other. There are now more cell phones on our planet than toilets, and these phones are getting smarter and smarter. The trends in our country?  Despite the vast potential of social media and tools like Facebook and Twitter to bring us together, we are statistically some of the loneliest people on earth.  What happened?  Where are we going?  Combining presentation and facilitated discussion, we’ll explore the trends and the all important question: “What kind of lives and communities do we want to create?”

Peter Bowden is an independent television producer, and consultant working with nonprofits and congregations helping them adapt to changing technology and culture.   Peter is a frequent speaker and is known for his contagious enthusiasm. He is the husband of Amy Freedman, consulting minister at First Church.

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