Welcome to the ‘Ahimsagram Immersion Week’ in Jaipur from 9th to 13th March, 2019 hosted by Ahimsagram, an opportunity to experience a Holacracy Governed Enterprise(www.holacracy.org), that lives by the principles of Nonviolent Communication(NVC) and manages a community living space as co-housing for the Ahimsagram team.To know more about Ahimsagram see www.ahimsagram.in.

See how it feels to actively participate in a self organised purpose-led business, which wants to create a world of 'individual empowerment with collective abundance'. Come and experience the deeper values behind creating this world and how we do it.

It will be meaningful experience for you to join this program, if you...

  • Are driven by a purpose in your life and want to achieve it by engaging/collaborating with others creatively in a business, organisation or community while sharing authority and tensions of running the organisation(when the word organisation or business is used in this invite, you can see it as applying to business, organisation or a community).
  • Want to see 'power' as a creative force and create a world where this word does not trigger fear and pain but a way to meet your's and the organisation's creative potential to the fullest.
  • Are wanting an organisation to run like a self operated eco-system like our body or a natural forest, and capable of dealing with complexity that is thrown during the day to day work.
  • Enjoy being a pro-active team member desiring to express with creativity and like to self organise your own work in collaboration with others, rather than just receiving instructions or giving orders.
  • Like your business/organisation to be empowered to effectively handle complexity without a fearful, micromanaged, dictatorial and a centralised control and command system.
  • Would like to be immersed in a system like this and have a first hand experience of it, to see an effective and collaborative world that you imagined and haven’t yet seen yet.

During the week, you will have access to Holacracy study materials and coaching support from Ahimsagram team to help you navigate your engagement with Ahimsagram's governance and functioning in addition to orientation of Holacracy.

About Ahimsagram:
We are registered as a proprietorship business, governed by Holacracy and we also live, learn and share Nonviolent Communication(NVC-To know more about it see www.cnvc.org) with the local community and with people from all over the world. Here we work with the values and processes inspired by NVC where we try our best to acknowledge and find strategies that hold the needs of all and create strategies that then also serve the purpose of the organisation. When conflicts arise we also work with Restorative Conflict Transformation Systems like mediation and Restorative Circles(www.restorativecircles.org). You will also experience how the world looks like when we integrate the principles of NVC in day to day functioning of a business governed by Holacracy.

How will the day look like?
We believe that learning happens when we are motivated to solve real tensions, so this program allows you to experience holacracy live and see the value it can bring to your businesses/ organisations.
You will immerse yourself in the day-to-day work of the Ahimsagram, learning its system through on-the-ground participation. You will attend meetings, as an observer initially and then as an active member to serve the purpose of business. You will devote 8-10 hours a day in active running of the organisation with us that includes 2-3 hours for reflection on our learnings with the group. Some of the reflections will happen as we take time outs from our working.

As an active team member you could be doing one or a few of these roles and accountabilities. You could be working in the kitchen garden, organise housekeeping, cooking and cleaning in the kitchen, designing and promoting our events, making posters, videos, write blog posts, create social media posts from glimpses of our life, send emails, host events for the local community, participate in various meetings and be part of designing how the organisation functions for real or to do whatever is needed by our business at that time.

The immersion week is also aimed to be a space for unlearning where you can break out of your comfort zone. There could be tensions and conflicts. If they are not addressed by the governance system of Ahimsagram, we will also have mediators and a restorative process in place to support us on that. Your journey during this week will be held and supported by the hosting organisation, to the best of their capabilities.

During this time we could also have online calls from outside of Ahimsagram with Licensed Holacracy Coaches who have had experience doing practice and training Holacracy, or those deeply engaged with Nonviolent Communication and/or Restorative Circles.

You can see some images of activities that can happen at Ahimsagram during the immersion week at https://goo.gl/kzE9hq.

Stretching Your Muscles for Self Organising:
Dancing with Chaos and Complexity: Be prepared to be thrown into chaos and complexity and yet enjoy the processes that will dynamically transform them into solutions that help us evolve the organisation, which can again lead to a new and higher level of complexity and the processes continue as a cycle and the journey goes on... Sometimes things work as we wish them to while at other times, there is a mess and it may seem scary and pull us out of our comfort zone. In our highs and lows, which we all experience in our organisations/businesses, each one has access to tools and processes to navigate our minutest tensions experienced by them in any role at any time. In fact Holacracy is less a system of running an organisation but of providing pathways for processing tensions which are alive for all. These pathways help create the needed policies, roles, accountabilities and systems while clearly and concisely processing the challenges, thereby creating a dynamic evolutionary design system, which create processes while the work is getting done.

A Space for Co-Learning with You:
Ahimsagram is a living laboratory for understanding and developing collaborative governance systems, especially with Holacracy. We will share stories of celebrations and challenges for the last few years from our personal and organisational journey and would also like to hear your insights from your practice too and we all will benefit from such peer to peer sharing. While being with us, you get inspired to bring Holacracy in your enterprise, We can also guide you toward organisations like ‘Holacracy One’ and other licensees of Holacracy in India and other countries who can support and train you in bringing Holacracy to your organisation in a structured manner.

Your time at the Ahimsagram Experience Week will be a no-holds-barred, full immersion into a self-organised system for businesses and organisations.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LEARN HOW TO:

  • Get support to Articulate and define your personal and organisational purpose.
  • Understand the shadows in your organisation, belief systems and patterns which come in the way of creating connection, transparent processes and effective delivery.
  • Give and receive feedback openly and with care in difficult situations.
  • Also restorative ways to deal with conflicts, without right and wrong but by understanding the motivations behind the actions.
  • Sustainable food growing practices, especially in a city home and preparing food that is most acceptable and customises to the design of our body.

Facilitator and Host for this program will be Shammi Nanda, he has been the founder of Ahimsagram and has been working on Nonviolent Communication(NVC) for more than six years and for the last two years engaged with Holacracy. He has also done a Holacracy Practitioner and Coach training with Holacracy One Company, which supports him in bringing the processes at Ahimsagram with effectiveness and ease. He has been part of various sustainability movements and communities and is motivated to bring in more equivalent and collaborative processes in such spaces. He has also been consulting business organisations in collaborative processes and would like to see a world where there are no managers and each person self organises to meet the purpose of the organisation. To know more about his work see his blog. To see the roles filled by Shammi at Ahimsagram go to https://app.glassfrog.com/people/81337.

Seat Availability:
The seats in the program are limited to maximum of seven participants.

Food and Stay at the Program:
Ahimsagram space has three bedrooms and access to one more, a living and dining space, four washrooms, a rooftop garden, a running kitchen where we mostly cook with organic ingredients.
Participants are expected to make their own stay arrangements. If you need support, we can help you in looking for Hotels nearby, However we have few spaces for shared accommodation at ahimsagram space, which is offered at Rs 5,000 per person for staying at the time of program.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided as part of the program and participants are expected to arrange their own dinner. They can have access to the Ahimsagram Kitchen to make their own food, and can organise cooking together with other willing participants and team members. Like any thing that happens during the week and generally at Ahimsagram, it will be co-organised by our holacratic governance system and you as the program participants, would be working on it with others if you want to stay here.
We will be mostly using organic ingredients, and also support dietary preferences of the participants as much as we can, please share them in the registration form. As an organisation, as we align to the values of nonviolence we do not provide animal foods with organisational funds, however, if you want to have it, you are welcome to organise it yourself and use the kitchen to cook it there.

Finances:
The fee for the five day program will be Rs. 15,000. If you need any discounts, please feel free to write to us.

Refund Policy:
Ahimsagram initiates the full refund in case of program cancellation before it begins due to some reason by Ahimsagram.
If you should have to cancel your registration, notification in writing should be sent to ahimsagram@gmail.com. Please make sure you state the name of the program in the subject line of your email.

A refund of 50% will be given if the cancellation request is received more than 7 days prior to the start of the event
A refund of 25% will be given for cancellation received less than 7 days prior to the start of the event

For Registrations go the form go to https://goo.gl/B71hrz

Your registrations will be confirmed after you have deposited your fee for the program.
Registrations are only confirmed once the program fee has been received.

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