At Startacus, we are always keen to highlight other spaces and places that are building big or small (but important) communities aimed at making a social impact.
From the microscale in We are the Million and the Casserole Club up to the likes of the American tech movement Digital Dumbo and the global social causes site Avaaz, it’s good to see all these sites making a big and yet sometimes unnoticed difference to the mainstream.
So that's why this week we thought we’d like to highlight The Sunday Assembly, the godless congregation that celebrates life and which from small beginnings in London has now gone kinda global!
Yep that's right, a Sunday congregation, church like in style, but which is excluding the usually ubiquitous god element that can be for many the deciding factor on whether or not they go.
Now, don't get us wrong, some might find this meetup a little unsettling and their video below holds no punches either, so maybe don’t read on if you’re at risk of being offended.
That said, there's nothing all together offensive about both their ideologies and their overall motto: to live better, help often, wonder more and their mission which is to help everyone find and fulfil their full potential.
Their tagline "A global network of super people who want to make the most of this one life we know we have" has been carefully chosen so as not to offend. They are just not having that conversation, which in all fairness is fair enough if you go to their congregations with that understanding.
In fact, many of their 'commandments' (our words, not theirs) are in fact a little happy-clappy, and a little hippy-like in reality, but still kinda work (if that is what floats your boat). From "we are born from nothing and go to nothing" to "we don’t do supernatural but we also won’t tell you you’re wrong if you do” and their point about being radically inclusive: "everyone is welcome, regardless of their beliefs – this is a place of love that is open and accepting". It’s a little free spirit, and non-committal, which is the reason why, by the sounds of it, many folk around the world are setting up their own version of the Sunday Assembly and the whole thing is just really kicking off.
Check out the promo video they’ve recently used on Indiegogo in a bid to raise money for 'the cause'. Like much of the Sunday Assembly, it’s very tongue in cheek, but goes on to explain how this movement has really taken off, not just in the UK but across the globe.
Of course, God only knows (sorry) how they intend to continue the movement, but in terms of developing a community and with little to no budget, the Sunday Assembly is worth a further look, if nothing else to consider how we all could develop our own little business empires into having universal appeal.
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Mi-IDEA Manchester Networking Event
27th Sep 2016
The teams from CISCO and Manchester Science Partnerships have teamed up to create Mi-IDEA, a post-accelerator designed to foster and nurture digital innovation in the North West of England.