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In time management, timeboxing allocates a fixed time period, called a time box, to each planned activity. Several project management approaches use timeboxing. It is also used for individual use to address personal tasks in a smaller time frame. It often involves having deliverables and deadlines, which will improve the . . . Read more

Dragon Dreaming

Dragon Dreaming is a training methodology based upon the principles of personal and group empowerment. Drawing upon the insights and experience of Living Systems Theory, Deep Ecology, Transpersonal Psychology, group dynamics, and organizational development, and from indigenous Third and Fourth World cultures and applying them to government agencies, business enterprises, . . . Read more


The Form storm is a way to boost reciprocal project development and barnraising around initiatives coming out of the community: both individual projects and ones that come out of collaborations between two or more community members. Funding application processes can be a powerful motivator for helping us get many more . . . Read more


Participant filming herself donating blood during a Bloodnominate

SmartNomination is a positive and creative version of neck nomination, an online drinking game.The original parameters of the game require the participant to film themselves drinking a pint of an alcoholic beverage, usually beer, in one gulp and upload the footage to the web (usually Facebook). The participant then nominates . . . Read more

Couter-Mapping Party

Counter-mapping refers to efforts to map “against dominant power structures, to further seemingly progressive goals”. Mapping parties are efforts to map together in a convivial event. The term Counter-mapping was coined by Nancy Peluso in 1995 to describe the commissioning of maps by forest users in Kalimantan, Indonesia, as a . . . Read more


Mutirão: This is originally a Tupi term used in Brazil to describe collective mobilizations based on non-remunerated mutual help. Wikipedia’s Brazilian Portuguese definition for mutirão is very telling: “An expression originally used in field work for the civil construction of community houses where everyone is a beneficiary and offers mutual help through a rotating, non-hierarchical . . . Read more


Ayni is a term with a meaning that’s closely related to minga. It describes a system of work and family reciprocity among members of the ayllu (a community working on collective land). It is commonly exemplified in the sharing of tasks such as agriculture, shepherding, cooking or house construction. The tradition is still . . . Read more


Tequio is a very popular type of work for collective benefit in the Zapotec culture. Community members contribute materials or labor to carry out construction work for the community. This could take the form of a school, a well, or a road. An individual can never be the sole beneficiary . . . Read more

Agile Business Meeting

A business meeting format inspired by Scrum/Agile methods. Principles: First, start your next meeting by designating three roles: Facilitator, (In real Scrum, this role should be the “Scrum Master,”),  “Product Owner,” the person who defines what qualifies as the “deliverable.” Scrum has very few rules, but one is that the Facilitator . . . Read more


Sprint means “a short race at top speed”, and in open source universe it refers to a collective programming methodology that occurs during a short period of time. This methodology is frequently used in the Python community (an open source programming language) and has been adapted to collective book writing, . . . Read more