Hope: the group project is a Huddle (read on to discover what they are) hosted by Letícia Usanovich. A group of 12 people comes together to explore how our capacity for hope is intertwined with our connection to ourselves, others, and the world around us. You can be one of them. Here, she explains more.
Hope is a group project. It is at the core of our capacity to believe we can change things. And our capacity for hopefulness is directly linked to our ability to feel connected with ourselves, with each other and with the more-than-human life around us.
Many of the challenges we encounter in life often have many similarities to the experiences of others. So, why should we have to deal with them in isolation? The narrative insisting on self-reliance and relentless effort fosters an illusory sense of detachment that is extremely detrimental to our well-being. Hope: the group project is an alternative response to this narrative.
What are Huddles?
Huddles are small groups of people coming together to learn and pool their resources to unlock potential they couldn’t unlock by themselves.
With great hosting and scaffolding, a Huddle creates a social ‘microclimate’ conducive to learning, creating and taking action. And when you learn, create or take action with others, you grow yourself, your connections and what you’re capable of.
What is a Learning Question?
A Learning Question is like a thesis question. It’s your own unique course title. It frames your goals, challenges or curiosities as a site for active exploration and response.
For Hope: the group project, each person will explore an individual learning question that sparks their curiosity while the group will dive deeper into a collective learning question: “How can we reconnect with our capacity to hope as a community?”.
Reasons to join
Huddles are great opportunities to discover and practise a new approach to learning. Instead of teachers, everyone learns from each other and the universe of experiences they bring into the mix. By joining Hope: the group project you will have the chance to:
- Bring your enquiry around hope into a space where you can explore, practice and take action through tough times;
- Co-create a community of hopeful peers, developing relationships that will sustain your hope in the years to come;
- Find support to create or further develop an initiative that brings more hope into your life and into the world.
Together, we will reconnect our sense of hope to our sense of action.
How does it work?
Huddles can come in many shapes and sizes but are usually organised in three phases.
- Explore is about divergence, research and gathering.
- Develop is about distilling insights, and starting to create and test responses.
- Showcase is about continuing to iterate, making a commitment and producing something of value.
Hope: the group project will last 3 months, kicking-off with an immersive week to meaningfully connect (with ourselves and each other), refine our learning questions, and co-design our next,months together. From there, we will have fortnightly meet-ups, getting shit done sessions, open events and buddy check-ins that will set up the space for accountability and motivation. This structure is well-loved and tested by Huddlecraft and will take us through deeper reflection and practical action. The experience ends with a showcase event co-created by the group.
- Kick off: January 23rd, 2024.
- Finish line: April 17th, 2024.
- Early bird applications: November 11th, 2023.
- Application’s deadline: December 20th, 2023.
You cand find out more and apply in the Huddle webpage here.
By co-creating this project, I’m seeking to unlearn patterns of behaviour that make me believe I have to face the challenges of life by myself. This is an opportunity to look after our wellbeing by tapping into a support network and I am thrilled about the possibility of exploring what it would look like to regenerate our ability to share challenges and nurture our hope in community. I hope you feel inspired to join me!