How to build a project team

But how do we build such a project team?  

Read the notes on conducting a dreaming circle.

The next stage is the process of planning. Many Gaia Projects use the system of the Karabirrdt, a group process which creates a Gaia Project as a Critical Path Diagram, which makes delegating tasks and organizing a budget very simple. Each Gaia Project is self funding, although assistance can be obtained through a Fundraising Workshop.

"Doing" the project then is mapped, as jobs are complete it gets recorded on the Karabirrdt. The final stage of any Gaia Project is to celebrate the achievement. Celebration costs are a legitimate project expense. By the time of completion, the individual's skills and abilities, and their sense of personal empowerment has been transformed, communities have been strengthened, and the continued flourishing of life is better secured.

At conception we start as a single living cell. This cell is totipotent, capable of developing into all the tissue types found in the living human body of each of us. Already the degree of organisation is impressive. Contained within its living membrane is the instructions on how to engage with the living world of the womb of the mother, to negotiate the resources required to grow into what will be born as a separate individual, and how to eliminate toxins which if allowed to accumulate would poison the developing individual. But it is not just the instructions we get from our mothers or fathers. It is also the structures which allow this set of instructions to communicate within the interior and exterior environment in which the cell finds itself. Rather than just slavishly following a set of instructions, as we have been led to believe by genetic engineers, the process of building a new life can rather be seen as a blueprint to outline a process for communicating with the environment in which the single living cell finds itself. It is through the responsive organisation of inputs and outputs, between the cell and its environment that allows the new life to develop. Because the specific environment is found to be responsive and nurturing, the single cell divides and divides again. But each division is not strictly identical. The environment of the cytoplasm of the cell and the special organisation of the cell within the womb and even the gravitational field of the earth interact to create specific planes of cleavage between cells. Already these special orientations between the cell and its environment create axes of orientation, which begin to change the speed and composition of subsequent cell divisions.

In a frog embryo, for instance, two points on the developing forebrain are chemically induced to bulge out at both sides to form the optic vesicles which continually expand until they com in contact with the cells located at the surface of the head. The tissue of the optic vesicle produces another chemical signal — the inducer — that goes to the surface tissue. The surface tissue of the head in the region of contact with the optic vesicles thickens, forming a lens placode. The lens placode bends inward, folds over on itself, and ultimately detaches from the surface of the head to produce a structure that will develop into the transparent lens. The lens in turn induces the surface tissue that is now over it to develop into a cornea. The optic nerve strengthens with the first stimulation of the retina of the eye with light from the external environment. Nerves that are not attached to receive such stimulation go through a pre-programmed death, a process of apoptosis. In this way, those cells that are not in communication across the boundary of the individual membrane, atrophy and die. The question is which comes first, the inducer or the signal that stimulates the production of the inducer. This “chicken and egg” pattern is meaningless as it would appear that it is organised as a system of complex intercommunication that is seamless – with no beginning and no end.