In 2013 the Community Network (CN) – then comprised of Eric Grace, Richard Shapiro, CC Leigh, Gena Netten, Brita Grothe – conducted a worldwide survey to assess the emerging needs of the practitioners.
Rather than just coming up with what we thought the needs were of the community, we wanted to hear directly from the community! We sought to invite the community to share their experiences and express their needs so we could then take steps to help create or make available access to resources to address those needs in the aim to help create a thriving culture and community that enhances each individual’s life, those new and long-time members, and the world community at large.
Methods: We announced the survey via email on the Teachers Association list, Saniel’s list, FB groups, local area coordinator lists, and personal invitations from CN members.
The survey was hosted online at mutuality.net.
~ We collected some demographics, (e.g. age, gender, how long in this work, roles, # of 2B’s, forms of engagement, etc.)
~ We also offered questions about different topics (such as marketing, outreach, finances, empowerment, community support, learning needs)
— We received 278 completed survey responses
— Results were tallied and totaled in spreadsheet, calculations made
— CN members reviewed the results
— We contacted survey participants that had expressed some unresolved conflicts to offer support resources for those individuals. CN members did follow-ups with select survey participants who asked for support around unresolved issues. Issues with individuals, teacher, mentor were mentioned and these individuals were contacted on case by case basis –to see if there was anything else that could be addressed in mutuality or mediation.
Since then a mediation process protocol is now in the process of development with the Teachers Circle that can be made available to assist with such situations. See website: http://www.trilliumawakening.org/guidelines-for-conflict-resolution/
Results: What did we learn? Well, many things… and a lot more than we have time for on this first call!! That’s why we’re going to do several more calls, and post the survey results in a document on a website this fall.
But, to start with, here are a few fun factoids about our demographics:
— average age = 54
— men = 47%, women = 53%
— ~ 34% of folks have been in this work between 1-3 years, highest group (3-7 years = ~30%)
— ~ 60 % of respondents learned about it through a friend
— ~ 60% of respondents have had their 2nd Birth
A special highlight of note:
— 85% of participants felt satisfied or very satisfied w/ their experience of this work
Also, there are three key things that we learned from the survey which we’ll focusing on:
— “continual cross-fertilization of people, ideas, groups – sharing and communication
— Free services and information (video, audio, print)
— Ways for 2Lifers who are not on mentor/teacher track to stay engaged in community and serve