We are animators of neighbourhood parliaments and sociocratic neighbourhood circles.
Animators are servant leaders, trainers, facilitators, coaches, community engagement professionals, and local activists who launch and support neighbourhood parliaments and sociocratic neighbourhood circles.
If you need help from an Animator, you are an Animator, or you want to become an Animator, you've come to the right place.
Do you want training, facilitation, coaching, or consultancy to bring neighbourhood parliaments, sociocratic neighbourhood circles, transition towns, sociocratic intentional community, 2030 Sustainable Development Goals for community, resiliency forums, or effective local emergency response to your community?
Our expert community organisers with years of experience want to help you. Please get in touch!
What are Neighbourhood Parliaments or Sociocratic Neighbourhood Circles?
A global movement of neighbourhoods
Governance means steering, but if we are going to fulfill the promises of democracy we need to give every person the ability to steer: a place to speak where they will be heard, and where their words will result in real change.
The Neighbourhood Parliament movement has more than 400,000 active neighbourhoods in India, Africa, Latin America, Europe, and North America.
People helping each other
Making life better in our neighbourhoods requires us to help each other. This is what sustainable development really means. In Neighbourhood Parliaments we work together to deliver the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, starting where we live.
Resilient in hard times, thriving in good
Positive social connections are the most important factor to predict whether someone will live a long time, and they are key to being happy. In Neighbourhood Parliaments we emphasise social activities that bring people together.
We start with the knowledge and skills we have - but how much can we accomplish if we continue learning together throughout life? Neighbourhood Parliaments offer ongoing citizenship education to their members.
Become an Animator
Are you passionately committed to creating a better world?
Start in your own neighbourhood.
Become an Animator.
Animators are the people who start and support Neighbourhood Parliaments. An Animator is like a seed: the beginning of a whole new ecosystem.
A whole new world.
A world that works for everyone.
You can become an Animator by training with us online or in person, joining the Guild, and starting to organise your neighbourhood.
Schedule a video call with a member of our faculty. Ask us questions about the program and tell us about yourself. If you and we agree that the Guild is right for you, we'll add you to the list of participants for the next training cohort.
New cohorts start every month or three. Fees are on a sliding scale basis.
Resources for Animators
Online Manual: How to Launch, Lead, & Serve Neighbourhood Parliaments - $1 subscription helps us pay for hosting
Upcoming events for Animator Guild members
One page manual for new Animators
Brochure for the World Children's Parliament
Videos on our YouTube channel
Handout on Neighbourhood Parliaments you can share with your local council
The global organisation supporting Neighbourhood Parliaments, the Neighbourhood Community Network.
Invitation to next Animator Training cohort for you to share.
Introduction to our Research Circle
Recordings and Transcripts from Previous Cohorts
Where are you in your development as an Animator?
|Stage||What you've accomplished|
|Starting Animator||Committed to participate in the next training cohort|
|New Animator||Launched the first social, project, learning, or governance activities in your neighbourhood|
|Developing Animator||Neighbourhood Parliament (Assembly, Circle, etc.) has inaugurated social, project, learning, or governance activities in your neighbourhood and ministers have been sworn in|
|Experienced Animator||Ongoing Neighbourhood Parliament (Assembly, Circle, etc.) engages all ~30 local households in social, project, learning, and governance activities.|
|Animator Trainer||Have launched and supported two or more ongoing Neighbourhood Parliaments (Assembly, Circle, etc.).|