History

Hi, James here. I'm the founder/source/caller of Intentional Society, however you'd like to call it. When I retired from my corporate career at the onset of the pandemic in 2020, I'd been collecting thoughts and ideas for a decade about how organizations function and grow, while looking for meaning, truth, and the “why?”s of life for a few decades before that. I'd had some transformational times in my personal develoment, and I wanted to

  1. keep growing myself
  2. make friends on that same journey
  3. be of service to humanity in some way

After some months of decompression and reflection, this possibility seemed more real than ever. And what did I have to lose? I wrote a calling manifesto of sorts in December, and started weekly meetings of Intentional Society in January 2021.

The first theme ended up being about three months long, exploring connection using whole-group relational practices. That was great - and then we wanted to go deeper. Thus in Q2 the voyages model emerged, where we made a few crews and went on a five-week sailing expedition in small groups. That was great - but then we missed the wider community a bit too. Our third season wove more deliberately towards developmental practices, even synthesizing our own with some success while gradually growing our party and cultural cohesion.

Timeline of past meetings

  • 2021-11-22 Meta Meeting 4.8
  • 2021-11-21 General Session 4.8 - Circling Intro
  • 2021-11-15 Meta Meeting 4.7
  • 2021-11-14 General Session 4.7 - Empathy Circling + Questions
  • 2021-11-13 Orientation Session
  • 2021-11-08 Meta Meeting 4.6
  • 2021-11-07 General Session 4.6 - Friendship & Connection Norms
  • 2021-11-06 Orientation Session
  • 2021-11-01 Meta Meeting 4.5
  • 2021-10-31 General Session 4.5 - Polarities and Tensions in Community
  • 2021-10-30 Orientation Session
  • 2021-10-25 Meta Meeting 4.4
  • 2021-10-24 General Session 4.4 - Polarities Introduction
  • 2021-10-18 Meta Meeting 4.3
  • 2021-10-17 General Session 4.3 - Meta-aware Group Reflection
  • 2021-10-16 Orientation Session
  • 2021-10-11 Meta Meeting 4.2
  • 2021-10-10 General Session 4.2 - Intentional House Party
  • 2021-10-09 Orientation Session
  • 2021-10-04 Meta Meeting 4.1
  • 2021-10-03 General Session 4.1 - Kick off Season 4!
  • 2021-10-02 Orientation Session
  • 2021-09-26 Rest week
  • 2021-09-20 Meta Meeting 3.11
  • 2021-09-19 General Session 3.11 - CP-style desire sharing for I/you/we/world
  • 2021-09-13 Meta Meeting 3.10
  • 2021-09-12 General Session 3.10 - Eye-gazing + Transformation sensemaking
  • 2021-09-11 Orientation Session
  • 2021-09-06 Meta Meeting 3.9
  • 2021-09-05 General Session 3.9 - Stories cont. - responding in resonance
  • 2021-08-30 Meta Meeting 3.8
  • 2021-08-29 General Session 3.8 - Stories of perspective transformation
  • 2021-08-28 Orientation Session
  • 2021-08-23 Meta Meeting 3.7
  • 2021-08-22 General Session 3.7 - Curiosity Game + Transformations intro
  • 2021-08-21 Orientation Session
  • 2021-08-16 Meta Meeting 3.6
  • 2021-08-15 General Session 3.6 - SD stage role-playing
  • 2021-08-14 Orientation Session
  • 2021-08-09 Meta Meeting 3.5
  • 2021-08-08 General Session 3.5 - Exploring edge-finding
  • 2021-08-07 Orientation Session
  • 2021-08-02 Meta Meeting 3.4
  • 2021-08-01 General Session 3.4 - Edge Case practice again
  • 2021-07-26 Meta Meeting 3.3
  • 2021-07-25 General Session 3.3 - Prototyping new practice: Edge Case
  • 2021-07-24 Orientation Session
  • 2021-07-19 Meta Meeting 3.2
  • 2021-07-18 General Session 3.2 - Why grow?
  • 2021-07-17 Orientation Session
  • 2021-07-12 Meta Meeting 3.1
  • 2021-07-11 General Session 3.1 - Welcoming, Noticing Game, Sharing
  • 2021-07-10 Orientation Session
  • 2021-07-04 Rest week
  • 2021-06-27 General Session 2.12 - T-Group
  • 2021-06-21 Meta Meeting 2.11
  • 2021-06-20 General Session 2.11 - T-Group
  • 2021-06-14 Meta Meeting 2.10
  • 2021-06-13 General Session 2.10 - Redesign + Planning + The Wave
  • 2021-06-12 Informational Session
  • 2021-06-07 Meta Meeting 2.9
  • 2021-06-06 General Session 2.9 - Voyage Retrospective
  • 2021-05-31 Meta Meeting 2.8
  • 2021-05-30 General Session 2.8 - Inquiry Spiraling
  • 2021-05-24 Meta Meeting 2.7
  • 2021-05-23 General Session 2.7 - One Word Turns + Voyaging 4/4
  • 2021-05-17 Meta Meeting 2.6
  • 2021-05-16 General Session 2.6 - Voyaging 3/4
  • 2021-05-15 Informational Session
  • 2021-05-10 Meta Meeting 2.5
  • 2021-05-09 General Session 2.5 - Voyaging 2/4 + Noticing Game
  • 2021-05-08 Informational Session
  • 2021-05-03 Meta Meeting 2.4 (first MM)
  • 2021-05-02 General Session 2.4 - Voyaging 1/4 + Empathy Circling
  • 2021-05-01 Informational Session
  • 2021-04-25 General Session 2.3 - Boat-building part 2
  • 2021-04-24 Informational Session
  • 2021-04-18 General Session 2.2 - Boat-building part 1
  • 2021-04-11 General Session 2.1 - Structural redesign
  • 2021-04-10 Informational Session
  • 2021-04-04 Rest week
  • 2021-03-28 General Session 1.11 - Adult Development intro part 2
  • 2021-03-27 Informational Session
  • 2021-03-21 General Session 1.10 - Adult Development intro part 1
  • 2021-03-21 Informational Session
  • 2021-03-14 General Session 1.9 - Collective Presencing
  • 2021-03-07 General Session 1.8 - Authentic Relating, Hotseat
  • 2021-03-07 Informational Session
  • 2021-02-28 General Session 1.7 - Glass Bead Game
  • 2021-02-28 Informational Session
  • 2021-02-21 General Session 1.6 - Empathy Circling
  • 2021-02-21 Informational Session
  • 2021-02-14 General Session 1.5 - DEI
  • 2021-02-07 General Session 1.4 - examining avoidance
  • 2021-02-07 Informational Session
  • 2021-01-31 General Session 1.3 - I seem, we seem
  • 2021-01-31 Informational Session
  • 2021-01-24 General Session 1.2 - being with you, I notice
  • 2021-01-24 Informational Session
  • 2021-01-17 General Session 1.1 - sensing and seeking
  • 2021-01-17 Informational Session
  • 2021-01-10 Informational Session
  • 2020-12-27 Informational Session
  • 2020-12-19 Call text revised
  • 2020-12-05 Website deployed
  • 2020-11-10 Domain name registered
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