Participate: Space Stewards, Weavers, Volunteers, Global Fellows and Scholarships
Before tickets run out, be sure to REGISTER HERE.
Then consider the many other ways to participate, from curating a space, leading a small group,volunteering, or securing a travel stipend as a Global Fellow.
The application period has closed for volunteering, Global Fellowship, and scholarships. You can still sign up to be a Space Steward or Weaver:
We’re looking for Space Stewards to help guide and support activities in specific venues around the camp. They will help curate the pre-submitted session proposals BEFORE the event, and/or assist in facilitating the space’s activities DURING the event’s four main sessions (Friday AM & PM, Saturday AM & PM)
WHY SPACES + SPACE STEWARDS?
A “space” is one of the SEVEN dessignated venues we have available for organized sessions. They can be a room, lounge, salon, hall, dome, tent, or area. For photos and more info see: https://dwebcamp.org/proposals-spaces/
We pooled our experience in event organisation, and explored ideas like Open Space. We decided that given the number of people Open Space / Unconference would likely feel a bit chaotic if the entire camp were organized this way. However we do welcome Stewards to employ the Open Space convening model or other models to their space if they so choose.
We also didn’t want to have the organizing team be the people who do all of the decision making about what should happen where — we want to enable the attendees to help guide and shape this event. The core organizers’ role will be to support the Space Stewards, and keep everything else in the camp running smoothly.
WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?
If we’re successful, each space will:
- have an ongoing narrative thread that connects the activities/ discussions hosted there
- feel welcoming to people
- invite people into conversations, content, and activities
- not feel dominated by a few participants (including facilitators)
- allocate time fairly to sessions and ensure that all planned activities take place
- feel safe to all and ensure that people are free from harm
ROLE OF SPACE STEWARDS:
BEFORE camp starts:
- Submission Review: review proposals before/during DWeb Camp
- ask submitters questions about the session and their goals
- Choose Activities: decide which activities will take place in the space
- choose which to accept, figure out which to merge together, etc.
- Curate Activities: decide flow of the activities in the space by allotting time to each
- Contact Session Facilitators: contact proposals submitters and let them know when/where their activity will take place and other information about the space/flow of activities
- Promote Space: Outreach to other participants to come to your space, explain the narrative thread of your space and what will take place
- Support Facilitator(s): support activity/discussion facilitators and ensure they have what they need
- assist facilitator to delegate tasks (note taking, stack taking, etc.)
- Support Participants: ensure people feel included, safe, connected, listened to, and able to share themselves
- approach those who enter the space late and fill them in on the activity/discussion
- Time Keeper: facilitate the schedule of the space to ensure sessions stay within allotted time
- Space Safety: notice when people are feeling avoidant, unsafe, insecure, etc. and ask them if they need any support or want someone to talk to
- Conversation Steward: not allow any conversation to be dominated by louder voices
- interrupt interrupters
- politely ask those who take up too much space to “pinch off” their current thread to let others participate
- if a discussion happens that is limited to exclusive content (for example, a highly technical back-and-forth that excludes non-technical participants), politely re-direct the conversation back to more inclusive topics
ARE YOU INTERESTED?
If you’re interested in becoming a Space Steward, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org.
To support our success in holding this event together, we’ll be having a pre-event organizing call and a short “Space Shepherd” session at the beginning of the event, to bring us all together on the same page.
To encourage all DWeb Campers to connect more deeply with others and reflect on Camp activities/discussions throughout the weekend, we invite participants to be active facilitators for home groups, or small sharing circles with the same few people at the end of each day.
WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?
If we’re successful, participants should:
- feel safe and free from harm, and know where support is available
- feel welcomed, listened to, and have space to share themselves
- feel included in conversations, content, and activity
- not feel dominated by other participants (including facilitators)
ROLE OF WEAVERS:
The role of a Weaver is to facilitate a Home Group.
A Home Group is a small sharing circle for a group of ~10 people to regularly meet at a time set aside each evening (Thurs 5:30pm, Fri 7pm, & Sat 7pm). Each group will explore a question, a discussion topic, or participate in an activity together, all of which will be provided.
Throughout the conference, we also encourage weavers to please keep their eyes open to other moments where gentle facilitation and community weaving might help.
How do we mean by facilitation?
In our mind, facilitation includes, but is not limited to:
- Holding space for small groups, where people feel included, safe, connected, listened to, and able to share themselves
- Structuring small group activity so everyone gets an opportunity to speak, with everyone else listening, without needing to “push” for a space
- A common pratice is to sit everyone in a circle, the facilitator offers a focus question, and then everyone takes turns around the circle speaking once and passing on to the next, while everyone listens, and when the round completes the facilitator starts another round with a new focus question
- Noticing when people are feeling avoidant, unsafe, insecure, etc and then asking them if they need any support or want someone to listen to them
- Not allowing any conversation to be dominated by louder voices
- If anyone takes up too much space, politely asking them to “pinch off” their current thread to let others participate in the space
- If a discussion happens that is limited to exclusive content (for example, a highly technical back-and-forth that excludes non-technical participants), politely re-directing the conversation back to more inclusive topics
ARE YOU INTERESTED?
If you’re interested, please let us know via email@example.com.
We’ll follow up with you as we go.
To support our success in holding this event together, we’ll be having a small “facilitator training” session at the beginning of the event, to help share good practices and bring us all together on the same page.
This community continues to explore how decentralized technologies can create a better Web for everyone—one that’s more resilient, private, and open. But there are some communities that have the most to gain from these new tools and platforms—regions where the internet is flagrantly censored and surveilled. And there are places where people just have no internet access, either because it is too expensive or the network infrastructure simply does not exist. The Web has been failing all of us, but it has failed some more than others.
DWeb Camp seeks to connect those who are building the Decentralized Web with the communities who could benefit most from it. We are looking for individuals who can be these bridges—a diverse group of Global Fellows who can share their experience with other DWeb Campers, as well as apply what they learned at the camp to their work in their respective communities.
Global Fellows will receive a stipend of up to $2200 to cover cost of meals and travel, in addition to free registration worth $800 (which would be reimbursed following the event).
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If you would like to support our Global Fellowship Program, we accept donations in USD, BTC, and ETH, and we can issue a tax receipt in the currency of the donation.
If you would like to donate in USD please donate through Eventbrite with the "Donate to the Internet Archive" option and let us know by email that the donation is for the Global Fellowship program.
Here are our DWeb Camp cryptocurrency addresses:
To donate, please send your preferred cryptocurrency to the above addresses and write to firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about your donation and the specific currency the donation is made in. Please also include your name, donation amount, transaction ID and date, and we will issue you an official tax letter.
VOLUNTEER WITH US
Channel Your Inner Link
"The game was to be set in both the past and the future and as the main character would travel between both and be the link between them, they called him Link."
--Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of The Legend of Zelda
In the Legend of Zelda, the protagonist, Link, possesses an unbreakable spirit; he's humble yet brave, always willing to use his hidden skills to save those around him. Thus we are naming our volunteers "Links," a team embued with the Spirit of the Hero, ready to leap to any task, help any camper in distress or fly into action when needed.
DWeb camp will be built and run by volunteer power. Are you a team player, a DIY builder who loves the outdoors? Can you paint a sign, lay cables or help erect a 30 foot dome? Are you a thrifty maker, known for turning discarded items into gold?
Then we are looking for you! We seek up to 75 volunteer “Links” who can work before, during or after the camp as part of a fun and dedicated team of superheroes.
What do you get in return? First, you’ll be a part of a great team with a special hang-out space stocked 24/7 with things to power you up. If you volunteer three 4-hour shifts (12 hours) you can qualify for a 50% ticket reimbursement. Volunteer six 4-hour shifts (24 hours) and we’ll reimburse 100% of your ticket. Or just volunteer for the fun and camaraderie. After everyone has left on Sunday, stick around for the staff cook-out when we can enjoy the fruits of our delicious labor.
Sound interesting? Start out by telling us about yourself and the hidden talents you can bring to the Link Team. Then we’ll be in touch directly.
We encourage you to register first to secure a spot, and we will reimburse your ticket after you have fulfilled your volunteer duties. If you do not secure a volunteer position, we will refund your ticket in full.
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We don’t want the cost of registration to be a hurdle for people. That’s why we are offering a limited number of scholarships in the form of ticket reimbursement for those who have a great interest in building the Decentralized Web, but would otherwise not be able to attend.
We will prioritize students, writers, organizers, freelancers and others who can demonstrate a true need for financial support. We encourage you to register first to secure a spot, and we will reimburse you if you are awarded a scholarship. If you do not secure a scholarship, we will refund your ticket.
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