We Strengthen Communities
We facilitate creating micro-communities, called Villages, using our Gathering Model and free Village Platform. Villages are community led, self-sustaining groups whose primary aim is to promote connection and belonging within existing communities.
We're all of them. We're VillageCo
Here, we practice community leadership.
A world where everyone feels a sense of belonging to a local community, where they can connect with anyone, have meaningful conversations, and take intentional action to make a difference.
To provide the tools and support that groups need to form Villages and root them into neighborhoods, workplaces, and families.
Belonging, As A Practice
Belonging is not something you can purchase or inherit. Because we grew up in a consumer-focused society, our skills and behaviors that cultivate belonging need work.
Belonging is a two-way street - it’s something you create and cultivate with others. For belonging to exist, it's important for you to feel welcomed and seen by others, and also important that you are engaged with and accepting of others.
It's not easy to put ourselves out there, and it's not easy to accept others who are very different than us.
This is what we mean by practice - we are not perfect at it, and it takes time to work on these skills.
We Did It!
Watch this short 5-minute event summary
On October 20th, 50 supporters of Village gathering in-person and virtually to support the continued work of Village.
We raised $2,250 to support our growth! Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of this event!
Once you get people together, what then? How do we create and hold space that is open to all people and ideas?
A key 2023 project is to bring our toolkit (currently in Beta) to a Version 1 for public release. The toolkit includes everything a group needs to organize a Village in their community, from software to agendas. It's been crafted over the years with input from dozens of community organizers working in a variety of settings.
What makes Village different? How have we learned from our past community building experiences?
Village was born years ago and nurtured by the passions and work of many individuals who came together in 2020 during the COVID lockdowns. What emerged was something none of us could have done alone. Look below for a list of our co-creators.
Click here for a short 4- minute video outlining our history and milestones of the last few years.
What is our vision? How do we build a Village building structure as a Village?
This 10-minute video was recorded during our 2023 launch fundraiser and outlines the value and future of Village as told by Members and the VillageCo Board of Directors.
Feature in The Big Idea Lab
Feeling Alone and Disconnected? It Might be Time to Join a Village
"As the world has grown larger, so have the cracks that people can fall into. The Village Revolution is all about stitching our communities back together and shrinking those cracks."
Operating since April 2020, Village Seattle has over 80 members who gather virtually once a week, and in-person monthly. Our members regularly host events including hikes, volunteering opportunities, and potlucks.
Village Second Chance is a community of board members, staff, volunteers, and people affected by or concerned with prison systems. This community is co-led by incarcerated people and focuses on bringing mercy to our justice system.
Operating since August 2022, Village Boise is just getting started! We've had monthly potlucks and gatherings in the park and at our winter home at the Hyde Park Mennonite Fellowship. Request an invite here.
Village Family is an idea to use the Gathering Program in a family reunion-style event. 8 Family gatherings have been conducted virtually with two families.
At VillageCore we steward and grow our Villages by recruiting members, expanding role experience, and addressing any issues related to Village.
In this video, Village Seattle members share their
favorite parts and the value they get from being a Member.
In this video, early investors in VillageCo share why
they support the continued growth of Village
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