Okay so let's start with what this is all about. You're getting involved in the development of a newish alternative dream weaving community. This is about the bringing of different people together and the development of conscious awareness. If you've come here from either The Issues, or Human Library (about our Human Library project) or even our About page you will be somewhat familiar with what this is about. But if not, no need to worry, because this section of this website is presented as a kind of a walkthrough for people new to dream weaving.
Please keep in mind that this walkthrough is based on the Bigger Picture and is intended to work as a system for a larger community and a large number of community volunteers and activists. Currently this is a very small community but we only need a small number of volunteers to start the Human Library project. Therefore initially you will be interacting with Stella Baker, the Core Facilitator and founder, and a few other volunteers and activists. This is just a temporary measure while the community develops and it will become more autonomous as a community with a core of people knowing what it's all about.
So let's start with becoming familiar with dream weaving and an overview of Qultura Connect and the universal community volunteering system.
Dream weaving is literally the 'weaving together' of different thoughts, emotions, experiences, memories, stories, perspectives, ideas, feelings and so on together to create a new reality. As dream weaving is a magical way of creating new reality - and magic is all about unity and a connection between individual and environment - this is something that can be easily done in community as a community process.
What you're actually doing is seeking connections between four different things - memory, the environment, trauma (or past trauma) and the mind. This can be done easily through social interaction, community involvement and participation, drama, role play, to create conceptual reality which is based on the creation of truth through sharing humanity, narratives, and conscious awareness.
Dream weaving is relatively simple and straightforward, because we do so much of it in our lives anyway. Holding down a job is basically role play. You cannot hold a conversation with someone without gaining some form of insight. But the issue is that in our lives we are doing it mindlessly, unaware of the mystical principles involved. We're attached to beliefs and when you're attached to a belief, you're repeating the same thoughts over and over again so no new consciousness is gained. We're attached to our Egos, which is another role, trying to live according to a fixed storyline.
But when you add Qultura methodology into the mix, and become familiar with the fundamental, basic mystical principles of existence, everything changes. You begin to see through the illusions and get much closer to the truth - existential truth, and once you understand how your environment works, and that everyone is as unique and individual as you are, then the various roles and labels they're attached to become far less important than their story.
Stories matter, because it's our stories which can connect us together as individuals and together in community create new culture.
So here we come to Qultura Connect and the four basic roles of Qultura Connect. These are known as base roles, because the specific role itself isn't that important. What matters and what is far more important is the relationship between the individual human beings in the roles.
Each role has a specific focus or field of activity in very loose terms. Therefore each base role has a definition.
The Human Book is someone who is sharing their story and giving insight with others at a Human Library event to promote insight. Usually this is someone who is alienated, and often affected by social stigma or social exclusion. They come into the project for a sense of social inclusion and community support. But sometimes it might just be someone who is non-conformist and reconciled with living out on the fringes of 'normal society' for example the surviving founder Stella Baker. Many creative people are comfortable with alienation but not necessarily destitute or in need of that much support. But they often tell fascinating stories. Outside of the Human Library project Human Books become known as reverse participants, particularly when they're recovering from social stigma and social exclusion.
The Community Support Volunteer is there to support Human Books and reverse participants. Community Support Volunteers essentially remove the stigma and ensure people stick to the protocols of Human Library events. Stigma can only happen when you can stick people into a social group with a label or social marker, but when people in a group or community are different in terms of identity then stigma becomes impossible.
The Community Activist role is essentially focussed on social interaction, networking, and interacting with people. Community Activists can find and befriend new Human Books and members of the community, or they can go out and talk to a bunch of people in an organization about Qultura Core promoting insight and awareness into what we do and social stigma and social exclusion. They can also get people interested in a Human Library event. In the Community Activist role you're connecting our community to others outside the community.
Unlike an organization, which has a fixed, rigid structure, a strict hierarchy, rules, policies, mission statements, procedures, protocols, and fixed, predetermined roles, the roles become extremely important. If for example you work in a supermarket as a store manager you cannot turn up one day and decide you want to be a security guard or the CEO. Even in most volunteering roles you're restricted by your role and what you can do. Then there's the job description, the application process, the recruitment process, the training and the hierarchy.
This is not how Qultura Core works.
As this is a dream weaving community in development the roles are never fixed, but fluid and flexible. It's just role play, after all. What matters, what really really matters, is the development of the community and the connections we can make to each other and people outside the community. There's a lot of improvisation and making it up as we go along. People change, relationships change, and community volunteering is a short term activity. If you become fixed and attached to one role it can quickly become drudgery and hard work, and as a community we don't do hard work or drudgery - at all.
But we will get into the practicalities of the roles and how it fits together later in this walkthrough.