The idea of The Hologram has been slowly germinating since 2016. In the spring of 2020, we had our first free public course and since then, the community of people practicing, learning, and teaching The Hologram has been growing even more. Many brilliant people are involved in our constant figuring out what the protocol of asking for help does over time. The idea has spread so far, we don’t know where it ends. This feels good. (More on our pasts and futures below…)
If you have attended a Hologram Course, participated in a Minimum Viable Hologram, or are using the Hologram practice in your life, we consider you Familiar. All Familiars are invited to a monthly online peer-led meeting where we discuss the Hologram practice in our lives.
This meeting takes place on our Discord server, the 4TH OF EVERY MONTH AT 4PM GMT and is very much at the core of the organizing that we do. It is an easy, peer-facilitated get together that takes an hour and half during which we go around, bring out questions and issues we have run into during and around the practice, get to know each other, hack and re-assemble the Hologram protocol
To sign up for reminder emails about Community of Practice, go here.
You can join our Hologram Discord server easily by clicking on the pink link in the left hand column. If you would like to read a guide to joining, scroll to the bottom of this page. If you would like to attend for the first time but are unsure or having difficulties accessing Discord, please email email@example.com with “Community of Practice” in the title.
The Hologram started as a mythoreal project. Since then, we have been planning collective wishes for futures outside the deadly isolation of capitalism and making them come to life in surprising ways. You can read some of it in the 2020 book The Hologram: Feminist Peer-to-Peer Health for a Postpandemic Future. Or you can listen to an 8 minute recording of Cassie Thornton recounting the origin of the Hologram protocol (recorded in Berlin, Feb 2022) here.
If you are curious about the work we have done in the past years, you can listen to Cassie talking about what happened in 2020, and to Cassie and Magda J. Härtelova recount the spring, summer, fall, and winter of 2021.
We are also part of the Open Collective initiative providing communities, groups, and collectives the support to be transparent. You can visit our profile there and in our Updates read about all the things we have done, and see what we are planning, the state of our accounting, who is supporting us financially, and what our goals are for the future.
If you have practiced the Hologram protocol, you have become a Familiar. Remembering how to be a cooperative species again isn’t easy though, all of us run into barriers, questions, and crossroads. That’s why we meet monthly for our Community of Practice meetings, to remember we are not alone in this. CoPrac meetings are facilitated by two volunteering Familiars.
After you are part of the community for a while, you might want to facilitate Hologram experiences for others -to learn through passing on the protocol and seeing how others practice it. You can become a facilitator of Minimum Viable Hologram, a two hours-long mutual aid style session, in which a Familiar walks four people interested in The Hologram through the protocol and helps them try it out. These facilitators self-organize in an MVH Facilitation Working Group, supported by a dedicated Administrix. Another group, the Course and Workshops Facilitation Working Group organizes and plans big Hologram courses and one-off workshops. Each working groups decides collective on their goals, budget, projects, and inner workings.
The Hologram is on its way to develop into a fully decentralized collectivity by 2023. In the meantime, it has a Steward, Cassie Thornton, and a Co-Pilot, Magdalena J. Härtelova.
If you want to get more involved in The Hologram, we have begun to build a community inside of Discord. In summer 2021, we moved to Discord in an attempt for more data security, flexibility, and better infrastructure for our ongoing growth as a community of practitioners. In the future, we would like to hold all our online events, and transparently organize all our work here.
If you join us here, you can be in touch directly with the other members of the Community of Practice, you can join our lively chats, and get notifications about upcoming events. You will hear from other Hologrammers, ask for or volunteer for other people’s Triangles, decide on next meetings, and get updates.
If you want to join our server:
If you have any questions email firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Joining Hologram Discord” as a subject line.
We know joining new platforms can be tricky…A WikiHow step-by-step article about joining Discord and its layout: https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Started-with-Discord