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What is a Bioregional Guild?

Regenerate Guilds are communities of knowledge and topic experts within the Regenerate Cascadia. They focus on one topic and connect people across the Cascadia bioregion. Guilds are a shared vision and system for decentralized network building, with a core stewardship team to help bring lessons and updates back to the whole to cultivate a regenerative bioregional culture and economy for the Cascadia bioregion.

Core Guild Functions:

  • Host a monthly organizing and orientation meeting where new people can get involved and learn about Guild activities.
  • Host a monthly/quarterly Symposium or workshops from experts in the field and people doing the work to connect their work to the general public.
  • Host themed conversations/host community activities that grow connections between members of the guild, and to critically challenge their work.
  • Manage and create their own Informational Commons space, which includes directories, resources, and information.
  • Create a 101 online series and resource pack for Ambassadors in the Regenerate Community Space.

Guild and Project Stewardship Team

To create and support the conditions for a Bioregional Guild and Projects to function, to bring back the lessons and updates to the broader movement, and to make sure there are clear pathways so people can be involved. How can we see people supported in this work?

Every Regenerate Guild and Project should have a leadership team to help provide the administrative backbone to create the conditions for their group to thrive. The goal of this team is not to control decisions or outcomes but to ensure alignment with the overall mission and vision, and as long as that is there, to come in service for what the group may need. 

  • Make sure new events are added to the calendar.
  • Ensure an announcement goes out and a reminder is posted in appropriate channels.
  • Make sure notes are being kept during a meeting and shared after a meeting.
  • Ensure a blog post is made after a meeting and that follow-up steps are attended to.
  • Make sure that new projects adhere to legal/financial requirements.
  • Write up a monthly update blog post. Have at least one member who can attend the monthly bioregional update session and share a regular update of activities.

Projects

Projects are subgroups within a bioregional guild or watershed hub that focus on a topic or events that guild members think are important.

  • Projects are created by the guild.
  • Projects should have a stewardship team that is responsible for administrative reporting.
  • Projects manage their budgets, as part of the guild budget.

 

Regenerate Cascadia Terms & Definitions

 

Definitions of TermsFor more complete list see the
AmbassadorSomeone who has leaned in, and signed up for the website. They may or may not be a monthly supporter, but they have access to the backend resources and community, as well as onboarding materials. Our goal is that they can represent the movement, and bioregionalism, to family and friends, and know how to get more involved.
StewardA person who is taking responsibility as a member of a coherent group either in a guild or at a hub, or working in the backbone organization, and has completed onboarding for shared context.. They can represent the Regenerate Cascadia organization/movement to the outside world. Paid/Unpaid.
Stewardship TeamAdmin/Staff at the Watershed / Guild level, who make sure their particular group has the resources they need, and/or are small to large handful of people who take accountability for their group, and make sure updates, meetings are relayed back to the larger group, and those within a group. Initial roles are established at an exploratory meeting. (I think of this as the local branch of the backbone organization).
Regenerate ChapterA larger collection of people and groups within a specific area. Groups form from chapters. Chapters evolve slowly. Some group is cultivating a chapter. Each chapter should have a “Stewardship Team”. Stewardship Council/bioregional watershed committee (made up of representatives of the watershed groups)
Bioregional GuildA larger collection of people and groups with a general shared interest. Groups form from guilds. Guilds evolve slowly. Some group is cultivating a guild. Each guild should have a “Stewardship Team”. A guild has received approval from the Stewardship Council/bioregional guild committee (made up of representatives of the guilds)
ProjectA subgroup of a Guild, Chapter, or Committee.
Bioregional StewardsAdmin/Staff at the Bioregional Level, who make sure the Stewardship Councils, committees, chapters and guilds have the tools they need to be successful. Help each compile budgets, and do the day to day activities.
Bioregional Council (board)Has the legal and financial responsibility of the organization, as well as ensures alignment of Groups/Guilds/Chapters/Committees) to the vision and legal requirements.
Bioregional CommitteeA higher level group, that includes one Bioregional Admin, and one Board (Stewardship Council??) member, and as many other ambassadors and stewards.
Regenerate ProcessGroup processes focus not on making decisions over resources, but it information sharing, and supporting and encouraging coherent group formation.

 

What is a Guild? 

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How to Start a New Guild