Q: How does this work?
A: After you sign up, you'll get access to a Zoom meeting link. Click on the link when the session begins or a few minutes early to make sure your audio and video work. There'll be a brief introduction to the session's question. And then you'll be paired with a partner for a 1-on-1 conversation. You'll have a total of 2 conversations with different people interspersed with brief breaks to transition. Sessions last 30 minutes. After, there'll be an opportunity to share your experience with the larger group.
Q: What do you need to join?
A: An open heart and mind! :) Also, a computer, tablet or phone with a microphone and camera. If this is your first Hyphal Mesh or you're using new technology to join, please join 5-10 minutes early to make sure everything works because we start on time -- Zoom has microphone and speaker testing features.
Q: What does it cost?
A: Right now, nothing. But we ask that for every Hyphal Mesh you join, you invite at least 1 new person to join as well. So send a text message to 10 friends, and you're good to go for the next 10 sessions. If you're really for-real uncomfortable inviting others, of course you're still invited -- and it's something great to pay attention to and discuss when the right moment arises.
Q: What does Hyphal Mesh mean?
A: Hyphae are the branching filaments that make up the mycelium of a fungus. The filaments interconnect under ground into the largest life forms on Earth capable of transporting life-saving information and nutrients across large distances. We have a choice how inter-connected we want to be. We have the power to raise up every single last human being. We are a Hyphal Mesh capable of incredible wonder.
Q: Who's behind this?
A: Joshua Krafchin and a whole bunch of amazing people.
Q: What's expected of people in their participation?
A: If you participate from love, respect and vulnerability, you can't go wrong. Emotion and passion are great, but be mindful of who you're talking to and check in to make sure they're cool with how the conversation is going. Under no circumstances will harassment, nudity or sexual advances be tolerated.
Q: What if I'm uncomfortable in a conversation?
A: If a conversation really isn't working for you, or a participant isn't following the rules above, you can exit the conversation at any time. Let the moderator know what you experienced and with whom. Please also email if you want to discuss further.
Q: How will you keep this a safe space as it grows?
A: Not gonna lie, but this is a tricky problem. At the beginning, everyone here is a friend of a friend, colleague, family member. The question is what happens as the circle widens even further. How do we prevent Hyphal Mesh from going the way of Chat Roulette? One built-in protection is that every session has a moderator who can step in if there's an issue. Once we move beyond the inner circle stage, we will implement an identity-and-intention verification process where new people authenticate their email address with a personal video about who they are and why they're here. We'll also look to our community members to communicate proactively if they encounter issues. We're starting with baby steps and will do everything we can to keep this a safe space.
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