Self-Organization Workshop @ Parsec
April 27, 2024, 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

What are the advantages and challenges of working in a group or forming a collective?
What can each of us, as individuals, bring to a group?
How is a work-group structured?
How to avoid dispersion and internal de-responsibilization within a group?
How to coordinate and initiate shared decision-making processes?

The self-organization workshop, through readings and group exercises, aims to initiate self-reflection and dialogue among collectives to increase awareness of oneself and others within collective decision-making and management processes, allowing participants to acquire new tools aimed at structuring, facilitating, and harmonizing group work.

The workshop, to be held at Parsec on April 27, will be an introductory module where the challenges and advantages of group work will be analyzed, and it is suitable for individuals who are part of independent collectives/work groups or who wish to join one.

This workshop invites participants to reflect and share on the quality of their presence in the group(s) they belong to, on the opportunities and challenges they see in their group, interweaving with participants from different collectives a network of experiences that leads to a multidimensional understanding of collaborative processes and their complexity. 

The workshop will last for five hours, followed by a group dinner where each participant will bring something to share.

To participate, it is necessary to fill out the Google form by April 12 and pay the membership fee. Places are limited to a maximum of 30 participants; if the minimum number of 20 participants is not reached, the workshop will be postponed to October 19.
A maximum of 3 people from the same collective/work group can join.

Who is it for?
For all individuals who work in groups/collectives, who share a workspace, or who would like to start doing so and who are interested in having additional tools to work collectively effectively and sustainably.

Who coordinates the workshop?

Irene Angenica
Independent curator and educator graduated in Contemporary Art and in Communication and Didactics of Art at the University and the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna. She has collaborated with projects in Bologna, Turin, and Barcelona; some of the entities she has worked with include Artissima, Blueproject Foundation, MACBA – Museu de Arte Contemporani de Barcelona, and the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna. In 2019, she attended CAMPO18 – a course for curators of the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation and co-founded the curatorial collective CampoBase, an itinerant platform aimed at activating collective processes of knowledge through discursive practices and artistic projects. From 2021 to 2023, she was coordinator of educational activities at MACRO – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma.

Irene’s curatorial practice is oriented towards discursive, participatory, laboratory, and collective activities, with particular attention to training and favoring non-hierarchical approaches based on self-organization, shared training, and conviviality.

Who facilitates?

Riccardo De Amici
Group focalizer and president of the Italian Network of Ecological Villages (RIVE), graduated in International Development with Social and Political Anthropology at the University of East Anglia (UK).
Riccardo has been involved in and lived in intentional communities/ecovillages for over 10 years, bringing projects to various communities including Arterra Bizimodu (Basque Country) and Auroville (India). Trained in group facilitation with the CLIPS model and in community creation with Ecovillage Design Education, Riccardo has been elected and served on the Boards of various National and International Networks (RIVE, GEN Europe & ECOLISE) that promote the meeting of grassroots community movements for sustainability and climate. In 2020, he returned to live in the Community of Etica Vivente (Umbria), where he developed various training and volunteer programs, facilitating generational turnover.
Riccardo’s facilitation style starts with the search for a systemic vision and is brought with authenticity, kindness, and determination. His active experience of years in community life, horizontal decision-making processes, group and organization structuring with participatory forms, and collaborative leadership has provided him with the foundations to understand complexity and support the needs of diverse groups with focus and welcome.