Welcoming and Community Garden Conversations

Welcoming and induction in the CoLab community using different modes of engagement (eg one to one, on-boarding, events etc). Monthly onboarding calls, adhoc one to one calls, mid-yearly events to promote and highlight projects and initiatives in the colab and the wider network. An invitation to come to the table, weaving projects and connections for resilience, collaboration, and scaffolding.


Charles Blass, Jyo Maan, Douina, Aimee Fenech, Pushpak


Circle incubation and nourishment, Diversity, participation and engagement, Network weaving, Next Steps project


Co-design facilitated calls in line with the frequency outlined in the higher objectives: Monthly onboarding Mid-yearly community weaving Offer adhoc one-to-one calls to members of the CoLab when needed e.g. if they express a wish to become active quickly in one or more circles or working groups. Raw meeting recordings, chat history & any notes accessible through a shared drive for half yearly community contributors gatherings;. Digestible artifacts, eg. Pre-call welcoming email with the Communications Coordinator: who we are, what we are doing, what you can expect and what we expect of you and after an onboarding call: what now, who to talk to, where to go, skills mapping update request Closing triangles – matching people coming in with spaces and people in the ecosystem to help them orient themselves e.g. project / person looking for funding refer to Tanya in the funding circle, add person to the channel and show them how to find the funding opportunities database Brief follow up some months in, how are people doing, are they active, if no, why not, what additional support could be available? Retrospective of on-boarding and engagement process to turn learnings into process improvements ongoing and annual


April 2023 Update

The team met initially to determine roles, work streams, responsibilities, agreements and orientating together. this was documented on the team miro board.

The funded projects contribute to an unusual influx of members who come as a direct result of funding opportunities such as the diversity grant and the emergent festival, this puts the onboarding process to test and tweaks are made as an ongoing process.

Additional need to occasionally checkin to keep track of budget and effort on the tracker, team consulting.

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