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Welcome to The Community of Practice!

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…)

[A screenshot of video call – a grid of fifteen tiny rectangle windows showing what is captured on people’s computer cameras. The windows are showing strange, colorful images of people, many captured mid motion, all of them dressed up quite unusually, as if in disguise. Some are wearing masks or hats and sunglasses, many are using virtual backgrounds so they would appear as if on the beach, at sunset, or in the space.]

Who is a Familiar

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.

Monthly Community of Practice

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 cooperativespecies@gmail.com with “Community of Practice” in the title.

[A photograph of a group of six people, standing in regular distances apart from each other behind an old couch placed on a frozen lake. Everybody is wearing all black clothes with big winter jackets with hoods and hats. The place where the people’s faces would be is taken up by a source of light. Some are looking at the viewer, some look at each other.]

The pasts and the futures

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.

The Hologram before the Pandemic

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.

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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.

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How we organize our work

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.

[A screenshot of a video call between two people – two rectangular windows next to each other showing what is captured by people’s computer camera. On the left side is a person with a cheery you-can-do-it expression with their fists raised playfully in front o them. We can recognize the person in the right window from the very first image on this website page of the group video. They are the person who is effectively disappearing into their virtual background, which is an image of at-night Earth from outer space. All we can see from the person is a bright shining light from where their face might be positioned.]

Introducing the Hologram Discord Channel

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:

  1. Go to this link: The Hologram Discord Server
  2. If this is your first time on Discord: You will be lead to simple steps to register with a Discord account (with name of choice and an email). You can download an app or access the server in your browser. After registration, you will be automatically spit out into the Hologram server.
  3. There, if you haven’t yet, click Read on our Terms and Conditions that will appear in a pop up window
  4. Go to Start Here, scroll down and read, and react with a <3 heart emoji
  5. At this moment you should see the Community of Practice chat, our meeting space, and all our other channels on different topics.

If you have any questions email cooperativespecies@gmail.com, 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