Cat Ainsworth and Alex Mecklenburg of DOT PROJECT explore how people can align around common goals and objectives.

As a cooperative DOT PROJECT has always been interested in how people can align around common goals and objectives. Whilst most of our work involves digital or technology the core of what we do focuses on people and understanding how people and teams are working together.

It’s really hard to set directions together, we don’t feel we can support organisations on that journey unless we are also on that journey ourselves. …

Week commencing 5th April

A weekend ritual I have is using ‘weekend coffee cups’ with various animals on them. The animals remind me of going on safari with Annie which was so magical.

These weeknotes were drafted on Friday 9th — and then this morning, on Sunday 11th- I opened the This Might Resonate newsletter from Emily Bazalgette. Her opening topic grabbed me — it’s about transactional enchantment. These words particularly struck me:

it’s about all of us re-making the world to advance justice and equity. For this journey, we need more of us need to spend time in the Child dimension and there’s no shame in using magic and woo as portals to access it. (Quote from Emily in the latest This Might Resonate newsletter)

After the long…

Week commencing 29th March

A poem my wonderful friend Jess wrote for my daughter.

I took a day off on Monday for my birthday. I find birthdays are a good milestone in recognising how much time has passed. For these weeknotes I have 3 things to share:

  1. Cherry blossoms will forever remind me of these times — in lockdown days there were times where I didn’t leave the house for a few weeks. In these times I would notice change through nature. Now that the cherry blossoms are blooming it vividly reminds me of last year, the early weeks of what became a gruelling year.
  2. We’ve been consciously celebrating the…

Week commencing 22nd March

This week I saw a rainbow and it gave me hope.

Busy week! I’m quite wiped so this is a short one.

What I’ve been working on:

  • Our mentoring support through Beyond has had some good uptake over recent weeks so I’ve been supporting some charities who have been in touch with specific issues. As we have a short amount of time available to work with them on their issue it’s given me pause for thought about how and where I can add most value.
  • I joined our first session in Beyond on data protection from The Data Place and felt so grateful to have such a…

Week commencing 15th March

Posters in Madrid for 8M (International Women’s Day)

It’s so strange to read my weeknotes from last week in light of events over the weekend and the images emerging from the vigil at Clapham Common.

This week I have felt angry and helpless. So I did what I often do and revisited my 10 year plan — a jumble of thoughts started 3 years ago on the advice of a coach to help me capture the life I choose. Following a process she introduced me to and which I refer to in times of need I realised I needed to take some action. I…

Week commencing 8th March.

Values which are important to me which surfaced during a session led by Ellie Hale.

There’s an exercise we used to take early stage entrepreneurs through as part of a Bath University scheme a few years ago-it asks people to consider the Political, Environmental, Social and Technological factors which might impact on their idea or initiative. This can break down as a rather bleak acronym- PEST.

Kicking off the week with International Women’s Day seemed to bring into focus for me the need to consider a PEST analysis on the work that I do and the reasons I get out of bed in the morning to sit in front of a…

Week commencing 1st March

Morning dog walks looked different this week — I loved coming across this beautiful doorway due to our change of scenery. The place itself is currently closed but the doorway is uplifting and that’s something.

This week felt adventurous. After spotting cockroaches in a similar place every morning for the past 6 weeks the time came to have our house fumigated. Apparently quite a normal thing for Madrid. A few years ago the whole city was fumigated and word on the street is when nature took over during 2020 as we all dwelled inside in a city built for the outside the cockroaches moved back in with vengeance.

So for 2 nights we relocated to a hotel. This meant that my surroundings changed for a short while, the daily dog walks…

Week commencing 22nd February

This week I feel caffeinated.

For clarity the role I’m talking about here is the climate within a group or discussion, not the climatic situation of the world (which I also care about!). As part of the practices I’ve been learning about from Pete Burden and Abi Handley (as well as learnings from Going Horizontal which I was introduced to by Phoebe Tickell) one of the practices is that of running meetings.

Sounds simple but in my opinion it’s an art, especially in remote working settings. As we hear from organisations we’re supporting that it can be challenging to understand what…

Week commencing 15th February

My recently updated email footer.

This week a few things happened which were a strong reminder as to why I love the work that I do. With that came the reminder that the problems and the challenges we work on will never go away, they will change and they will morph but it can be easy to feel overwhelmed with the sheer scale.

Not long ago in a conversation about ‘changing the world’ someone reflected that one individual cannot change the world’. Initially I felt saddened by this reflection but what I realise is that now I see the truth in…

Week commencing 8th February.

Quote from the I Am. We Are. team as part of the story telling session

This week has had a strong theme centred on story telling. A reflection I have is that story telling requires a wide range of skills and people to develop rich and deep narratives. Stories are shaped by imagination, experience, perspectives, listening, humour, grief, observation, feeling and so much more.

One thing I’m realising is that stories take time…to tell…to listen to…to reach us. In times where it feels we have no time I hope we do not lose the stories we need to tell and want to tell.

What I’ve been working on:

Cat Ainsworth

Co-Founder, with @annielegge, of The Dot Project (@dotprojectcoop). Champion for tech for social impact & women in tech.

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