About us

The purpose of Vanilla Way is about experiencing, exploring and facilitating collaboration and trust.
To come together as peers who share the passion for transformation in groups of people – whole organisations and movements.
We are a group of changer nerds.
We are committed to walk what we talk.
To dream, create, act, fail and learn and to learn again.
Fascinated by the possibilities of facilitation – a way of leadership.
Coming together and exploring these topics as peers
leads to the beautiful and essential effect of incubating our values around collaboration and trust in each Vanilla Way members individual life and project.
Our work as external consultant matters to us – reach out is crucial, our own life though is the place where we can birth and incubate our vision,
where we can go deep down to the ground of what we actually dare to and dare not to do.
What ever connects us ARE our shared DREAMS.

 


SELF ONBOARDING PROCESS

how to become a member

– Iteration 0.9, Dec 28st, 2019 – PROTOTYPING STATE –
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INTRODUCTION
We see that it is the people who make Vanilla Way and are working on fulfilling our organisations’ purpose of „bringing out transformative power through guidance and research on collaboration and trust“.
Therefore we are very happy that you have found a way to Vanilla Way. And it excites us that you are interested to join.
This document introduces our onboarding process to you and will eventually lead you through it.
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ABOUT OUR ONBOARDING PROCESS
We would like to  invite and onboard members to our collectively organized Change Agency Network.
At the same time we want to be mindful of the fact that our organization also needs boundaries, just like a living organism.
We therefore want to be open and selective at the same time and developed a playful 4-Step onboarding journey, that newcomers can embark on.
During this up to 12 months long onboarding-journey, you will find out for yourself, what, for what and who Vanilla Way is and if it is the best place to be for you right now.
If there are no major concerns from existing members, it is ultimately up to you to decide whether you want to join Vanilla Way.
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Here is a short overview about the onboarding adventure that is awaiting you:
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PREPARE
  1. Read the onbaording story and get inspired.
  2. Fill in our form to start the adventourSTART THE ADVENTURE

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  1. Meet the Hermit
  2. Meet the Mother
  3. Meet the Bear
  4. Meet the Winemaker
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WELCOME ONBOARD
  1. Celebrate being a full Vanilla Member
  2. Support others to come onboard
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And here it comes in detail:

… you dear newcomer, dear pioneer of the new, dear magician of trust. You are at the door to a vibrating community full of believers, doers & dreamers. Our community is wishing to welcome everyone with pure intentions, regardless where she or he is coming from.
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The commitment, passion and skill of the Vanilla Way members will determine the success of our mission to bring out transformative power and leaving marks of trust & collaboration wherever we’ll act.
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In that manner we are inviting you to take part in our self-on-boarding process. We have adapted a once told story about an free community in the medieval times, that also had to protect their boundaries, with our Vanilla self-organization and governance approach.
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Throughout our process you’ll meet different members of our community in different roles. The mother, the hermit, the bear and the winemaker. With them together, you’ll find and finally decide on your own, if you like to join Vanilla Way.
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And this is how the story goes:
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Once upon at time there has been a community who lived hidden in the forest during the inquisition time. They practiced rites and processes full of nature’s wisdom. In those times these practices where perceived as witchcraft. Their life was dependent on who was coming close to them. They took good care of who was entering their village – but not through building a wall or fence. They sent their four wisest members to meet with the newcomer instead: the hermit, the winemaker, the mother, the bear. If the newcomer get’s a long well with all of them, he/she/they will ultimately decide to stay.

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The hermit explores sense and meaning with the newcomer, like if the newcomers‘ practical life-philosophy is compatible. Do their values flow into the community: Is there a shared perspective? How does the newcomer look at life, trust, collaboration, evolution? The hermit knows how to explore purpose and values of others. Hermits also give guidance for questions regarding Vanilla Way.

The mother traditionally will wash the newcomer. It means she will see him naked. It means to be sure there are no secrets hidden from past action, projects, affairs. What brings him*her*them to us? Are there on both sides secrets that are important to be revealed before committing to each other?

The bear traditionally enjoyes teasing and play-fighting the newcomer. The bear will provoke. The bear wants to be sure, that he*she*they know that on earth there is love and harmony and there is challenge and pain, too. The world is always moving. The bear makes sure the newcomer brings some sort of resilience and is open to build resilience, too. Does the newcomer feel ready to be an active, anchored, dynamic member in the position of facilitating change itself?

The winemaker finally will verify the joyfulness in the new comer. The winemaker will take the newcomer to a party – in whatever way newcomer and winemaker understand what a party means. Living joyfully a life is a healthy sign. It’s a great thank you of trying this journey together. The winemaker and the newcomer are celebrating life together.

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…so, dear newcomer, are you ready to meet the mother, hermit, bear and winemaker and to begin this adventure?


AFTER YOU’VE MET THEM ALL, YOU’RE WELCOMED ONBOARD!
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*Note: Since May 2019 we are implementing Hermit & Mother also within onboarding people to Collaboration Incubators.
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