ASSEMBLIES is NAVEL's platform for collaborative research, discussion and creation. With ASSEMBLIES, we invest in forms of learning that are open, cooperative, challenging and initiated by members of the community.
An ASSEMBLY is a community-led learning group that forms around a theme, practice or experiment. For a period of three months, NAVEL provides each Assembly with space, support, optional facilitation training and resources—including access to our equipment, peer network, and micro-grant funding.
At the end of the quarter, each ASSEMBLY is asked to present about their experience and/or project. Projects can take whatever format feels most appropriate, be it a presentation, performance, publication, field trip, object, website, physical structure, etc...
Participation in ASSEMBLIES is a $25-75 sliding scale donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.The funds will be distributed evenly amongst the groups. Groups must decide democratically how to use the funds. They may also choose to give their funds to another group.
To propose an Assembly for Q2, you must register before Sun, Aug 25, 2019 by 11:59PM
People and groups submitting proposals are expected to present at the first Q2 Assembly meeting on Tuesday, September 3 from 7-10PM
All are welcome regardless of background, experience, or expertise, as long as you have the desire to dive into a topic of interest and commit to it for a period of 3 months with a group!
Note that this is a very demanding endeavor and as a group leader, you will be responsible for facilitating the regular group meetings.
There are no disqualifying factors or topics unless the values promoted by the groups are in total misalignment with NAVEL’s. For example, we will not support any groups promoting any kind of violence, racism, homophobia, anti-semitism, misogyny, misandry, patriarchy, etc.
If more than 8 groups are proposed, the final ASSEMBLIES for the quarter will be selected through a vote by the previous ASSEMBLIES leaders and the people proposing new groups. The groups who cannot participate in this Quarter can of course reapply at the following Quarterly meeting.
At the Quarterly Meeting, people with proposals will have five minutes to present. Can you make your presentation into a song? Can you lead everyone in an activity? Can you read a group manifesto? Can you print flyers? Can you promote your Assembly with animated gifs? Yes, yes, yes and yes, as long as you feel like it is a clear, persuasive description of your proposal, and you do it in under 5 minutes!
Here are some suggestions for what you may want to include:
- Who are you?- What topic, skill, or area of research are you interested in? Why is it important?- What is the purpose of your ASSEMBLY? Does it revolve around a particular project or activity? Does it have a goal or desirable outcome?- What methodology or format are you suggesting?- What is the ideal size for your group? - How frequently would you like to meet? When? Where (if not at NAVEL)?
Responsibilities of Assembly Leaders:
For the three month period of the Assembly, leaders commit to:
- Managing communication with the group and with NAVEL team- Outlining a schedule for group meetings and coordinating to book space at NAVEL- Attending all group meetings or delegate the responsibilities carefully- Developing and spearheading the methodology and curriculum for the Assembly, in consultation with the rest of the group- Motivating the group to complete the quarter and prepare a final presentation of your findings- Archive the group’s research on are.na (more info below)- Making sure the space is tidy following group meetings and that group members follow NAVEL’s Code of Conduct- Report any incident or misconduct by getting in touch with us directly or filling out the incident report sheet in the Code of Conduct document or the dropbox at NAVEL.- Safety of the group