Draft principles and thoughts for a TSD (thinking, supporting, doing) Group

Compassionate Revolution- how we support and develop the project

How different people can relate to the Compassionate Revolution

Compassionate Revolution has been created as a space to hold pledges of collective acts of art, heart and civil disobedience. The idea is that the project is largely “distributed”, meaning that people can adopt the term if they agree with the narrative and vision of the project. They may also join (or develop) relevant pledges. The idea is that for most people their involvement would not take up much time (they will be focused on their change work in the world that they feel most moved to do). Most people wouldn’t need to or want to have a greater involvement – they could be called “pledgees” as well as Compassionate Revolutionaries!

There are other people closer to the project, though they are generally not doing much organising work. They have been encouraging organisers, supporting the project with contacts, legal advice and so forth. We are intending to ask some of them if they would like to become “elders” of the project  (people with an established “name” and network who support the work and want to see it grow).


3 layer diagram of concentric circles

The circles of involvement in and holding of the Compassionate Revolution

Holding at the centre are two “Directors” Gail Bradbrook and George Barda, along with others that are “holding” (leading) pledges, have offered thoughts, writing, art, web design and so forth.

We have identified that we need a few more people to help us “hold the space” of this project at the centre. We are proposing a group called the TSD: Thinking, Supporting, Doing Group as a transparent, un-pressured group for people that want to enable this venture to be the best it can.

The TSD Group: Thinking, Supporting, Doing Group

Purpose: a transparent mechanism for governance; for discussion of potential strategy, tactics and actions, as and when needed, supporting the project so that stuff gets done.

Principles and practice

  • This is an initial mechanism for ideas to be knocked around and tested out. TSD will only meet ad-hoc, when there is a clear rationale for meeting and an organiser. Additional small, working groups can be suggested with a specific (often time limited) focus.
    (No one wants to get bogged down in meetings!).
  • The group is open for people who are interested in Compassionate Revolution and are sympathetic with its aims; who can generally be positive and compassionate to other people, who understand working in a team and have a grasp of strategy and tactics.
  • The group is not designed for lengthy theoretical discussions, such as “which form of society is the best to replace this one with”, though if others want to bash around a particular topic and come back to the group they are welcome.
  • People in the group are not obliged to DO anything, participating in the group is helpful in itself. The kind of things that do need doing / supporting are:
    • Encouraging people that are holding pledges and the wider space
    • Taking actions to develop pledges, such as research and editing
    • PR, marketing, press releasing, and social media including blogging
    • Design and site development, pictures for the site
    • Videos for the site and wider
    • Bringing in elders to add weight to CR
    • Bringing in groups to add support and action to a particular pledge
  • We need to find the best, most effective and efficient ways to get things done without leaving people in isolation. We hope that people will come forwards to do what they feel able to do, so that groups or activities will fall out of TSD as needed / where there is energy.
  • This is a space where people can come and go as they have energy. However new joiners should not expect all previous discussions to have been extensively minuted and in order to catch up they could request a separate meeting with someone to fill them in.
  • Where we do feel the need to minute important points, we will try the Quaker approach of drafting a minute to agree there and then.
  • The project doesn’t have a resource to deploy, so whilst people may come up with suggestions and ideas, what gets done will depend on the will of individuals to do it, nevertheless guidance and thoughts are appreciated.
  • We note the CIA tactics (pasted below) for infiltrating and undermining organisations. We won’t necessarily think anyone who “brings the group down” is working for the secret services! However we will not tolerate time wasting and negativity for any length of time. Such a strong statement requires a backbone of compassion and good process – we may use moments of Quakerly silence, consensual processes, peer counselling processes, seeking “higher” support and so forth.
  • This is the organising form we think works for now, it is open to review.

gerneral interference with oragnisations- list of sabotage techniques


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