See our Working Agreements and Protocols and Tools for more about how we work.

Aspirations & Approach

We want to create something that:

  • Provides support without being overly structured
  • Allows people to move in and out, while also staying grounded so that the whole doesn’t totally shift every time someone new starts participating

Our approach is to start small and to grow by being consistent, transparent, and porous. If you’re motivated to participate and are willing to do the work, we want to make it easy for you to join. If you want to try to start something similar but separate, we want to make it easy for you to copy what you like, and we hope you’ll share what you learn.

We’ve come up with the following structure to meet these aspirations:

Core Participants

  • Committed to practicing, experimenting, and learning together
  • At least two people from an org must participate, including the ED, although we’ll make exceptions. Both people should be close to the work and be able to move their organization.
  • People can move in and out
  • Open, but participants are held accountable to Working Agreements. Invite some more intentionally based on gap analysis

Average time commitment: 2-4 hours/week. It varies month-to-month depending on your specific role (e.g. participating in experiments, Design Team member, etc.) and whether or not there is a face-to-face meeting (2-3 a year). A good portion of this time commitment is not “extra,” as it should be aligned with the work you’re already doing within your organization, whether it’s experimentation or moving strategy.

Current Core Participants:

Peripheral Participants

  • Paying attention to what’s happening, but not necessarily engaging
  • Access to shared artifacts
  • Can move in and out of Core provided willing to be committed and accountable to roles, Working Agreements

Current Peripheral Participants:

Design Team

  • Meets regularly to weave, synthesize, and share what’s happening in the network, make adjustments to container
  • Subset of Core
  • In general, it will avoid making group decisions, encouraging individual agency instead (i.e. better to ask forgiveness than permission). When it needs to make formal group decisions, each organization will have one vote.
  • Miles River will play an important role in facilitating and synthesizing, but ultimately, it’s the responsibility of Design Team members to stay engaged, provide feedback, and own the final results

Current Design Team:

Miles River

  • Support the Wye River Design Team
  • Play a role in facilitating and synthesizing
  • Consists of STP staff and outside consultants

Current Miles River Team: