How to Organize Your Holon
congratulations on your decision to form your Holodynamic
Holon. A Holon is the first level of organization in the
Holodynamics Society. It consists of 6 or more individuals
who meet together weekly to study Holodynamic principles,
apply the processes, and expand their holodynamic influence
into the community and across the world.
This is the start of an enlightening and empowering journey
for you and your colleagues.
The process for forming a Holon is simple. You start by
having an organizational meeting. Many times this happens
at the culmination of a Holodynamics seminar. Next, you
hold your official First Meeting sometime within the next
week. Then you continue each week, enjoying and growing
in the Holodynamics Society. Your organizational meeting
steps are as follows:
- Review the attached materials so that you feel comfortable
with the Holon structure, commitments, positions and meeting
- Identify the 6 founding members of your Holon (including
- Review and discuss together the Commitments of a Holon
- Make these commitments together.
- Discuss possible individual goals and group objectives
for your Holon (to be finalized at your First Meeting).
- Review together the positions of Holon members. (see
"Positions of Holon members" below). Each member makes an
initial choice of which position he or she would like to
fill, which will be finalized at your First Meeting.
- Elect by majority vote a temporary "Holon Leader" who
will act in that capacity until the official election at
the First Meeting. (See "Responsibilities of Holon Leader").
- Identify the time and place of your First Meeting (which
can immediately follow this meeting).
- Choose your initial Holon name, symbol and slogan (to
be finalized at your First Meeting).
- Review the "First
Meeting Agenda" and make assignments for that meeting.
- Fill out the Holon Registration Form (a download version
is available online at the Holodynamics Site: www.holodynamics.com).
- Adjourn until your First Meeting! Keep in contact with
each other in case anyone has questions or suggestions before
the First Meeting.
To provide each member of the Holon empowering support
for the unfolding of their full potential utilizing Holodynamic
principles and processes, and to act as a synergistic whole
to potentialize the community and the world at large.
- Physical Abundance and Vitality
- Personal Creativity
- Interpersonal Intimacy
- Social Synergy
- Principled Integrity
- Universal Oneness
What is a Holon?
The word "holon" is a combination of the Greek word "holos,"
meaning whole, and the suffix "on" meaning part or particle.
It describes a basic unit of organization in a biological
or social system - such as a single cell in an animal, or
a family unit in a society. Each Holon has a unique identity.
Yet it is made up of sub-ordinate parts (plasma and nucleus;
parents and siblings) while at the same time forming a part
of a larger unit of organization (a muscle tissue, or an
Holons are self-reliant units that have a degree of independence
to handle circumstances and problems on their particular
level of existence without asking higher-level holons for
assistance. At the same time, holons can receive instruction
from and, to a certain extent, be guided by more complex
level holons. The self-reliant characteristic ensures that
holons are stable, able to survive disturbances. The collaboration
with more complex level holons ensures the effective operation
of the larger whole.
Thus, the strength of holonic organization, or holarchy,
is that it enables the construction of very complex systems
that are nonetheless efficient in the use of resources,
highly resilient to disturbances (both internal and external),
and adaptable to changes in the environment in which they
exist. These Holon attributes can be observed in the most
successful biological and social systems.
You are currently forming such a holonic organization -
a Holodynamic Holon.
Holons in Holodynamics
Your Holodynamic Holon has its own uniqueness: its own
name, its own symbol, it's own meeting place and its own
goals. At the same time, since your Holon is the primary
level organization in the Holodynamics Society, by forming
or joining a Holon, you and your Holon are automatically
active members of the Holodynamics Society, joining in its
mission to extend Holodynamic principles and processes throughout
the world. You participate in your Holon; your Holon (with
you in it) participates with other Holodynamic Holons in
local and regional meetings and international conferences
of the Holodynamics Society. Your Holon initiates or supports
local, regional and international projects approved by the
Six people can form a Holodynamic Holon anywhere in the
world. They usually are friends living in the same geographical
area so that they can conveniently hold their weekly meetings.
Holon weekly activities:
- Group study of Holodynamics, including texts and manuals.
- Activities that unfold and develop each of the six levels
of growth - physical, personal, interpersonal, social, principled
- Practice of Holodynamic processes like tracking and relive
- Sharing of experiences and exploring different dimensions
- Extending empathetic and loving support to members and
- Sponsoring Holodynamic seminars and trainings.
- Research into and development of new branches of Holodynamics.
- Group projects extending Holodynamics into the community.
- Health and wellness projects sponsored by reputable agencies
- Addressing the specific needs of the youth and the elderly.
- Volunteer support for appropriate community and governmental
- Economic education, strategic planning, and entrepreneurial
- Other projects that unfold and develop one or more of
the six levels of growth.
- Specific projects recommended by the Holodynamics Society.
Overview of Holon Weekly Meeting (approx 90 minutes)
- Socialize before meeting and collect fees if appropriate
- Opening - 5 minutes
- Leader - Call meeting to order - Conduct Opening
- Identify Members and Visitors
- Scribe -- Read Minutes of Last Meeting
- Group Activities Leader -- Announcements and Reminder
of Coming Activities and Events
- Study Session - by Group Study Leader - 30 minutes
- Processes (Tracking, Relive or other Holodynamics processes)
-- 45 minutes
- Organize into Groups
- Conduct Processes
- Return, Report and Discuss Results
- Leader -- Closing Activities - 10 minutes
- Discuss / Plan and Organize Coming Activities
- Assignments for Next Meeting
- Closing Ceremony
- Socialize after meeting (refreshments)
Opening and Closing Ceremony
Your Holon chooses what opening and closing ceremony is
appropriate for your group. The suggestion here is that
there be a short ritual at the opening and closing which
helps to create stronger group identity and cohesiveness.
How Your Holon Relates to the Holodynamics Structure
The Holodynamics Society
The Holodynamics Society is the worldwide association of
all individuals and organizations associated with Holodynamics.
As mentioned above, a Holon is the basic social unit of
this Society. Individuals can be members of the society
without being part of a Holon but the social action of the
Society focuses on Holons and on the individuals within
them. Holon members join together to form local Holon groups
that conduct monthly meetings and activities. At the next
level, Local Groups join in a city or region to form a Holon
Council, which sponsors quarterly activities and projects.
Councils also support National and International Holodynamic
Conventions held yearly in various parts of the world.
The Society is part of a larger infrastructure. The International
Academy of Holodynamics, Holodynamic Centers and Holodynamic
Seminars and training programs are included in this network.
The Academy hosts the alliance among all educational entities
that teach Holodynamic courses, sponsors and accredits courses,
distributes official Holodynamic materials, authorizes Centers
and Seminars. It certifies individual and group training.
The Academy, Centers and Seminars support the activity of
your Holon. You or your Holon, in turn, participate in or
sponsor Holodynamics Seminars and Centers. You attend classes
and study the course materials produced by the Academy.
You can be certified by the Academy in the different levels
of Holodynamics training.
Further details about each of these structures appears
Local Holon Group
A group of 2 or more Holons form a Local Holon Group. This
Local Group conducts monthly activities. Holon Leaders are
automatically members of the Local Holon Group Committee,
which is headed by a Chairperson elected yearly by these
Leaders and confirmed by a general meeting of local Holon
The Monthly Meeting of a Local Holon Group may include
- Reports of local Holon activities
- Lectures and presentations by local or visiting experts.
- Local seminars and trainings.
- Local research and development
- Projects that unfold and develop one or more of the six
levels of growth -requiring the involvement of a larger
number of people than one Holon.
City / Regional Holon Council:
A number of Local Holon Groups in a city or geographic
area form a City / Regional Holon Council, which conducts
large activities on a quarterly basis where all the local
Holon Groups participate. All Local Holon Group Chairpersons
in the city or region are automatically members of the Council,
which is headed by a Council Chairperson elected every 2
years by these Local Chairpersons and confirmed by a general
meeting of City / Regional Holon members.
Your City / Regional Holon Council sponsors City-wide or
Regional Events usually every 3 or 4 months, and may include
- Reports of Holon activities
- Lectures and presentations by national and international
- Large regional seminars and trainings.
- Large regional research and development programs.
- Projects that unfold and develop one or more of the
six levels of growth -requiring the involvement of a substantial
number of people.
- Sponsoring of a National or International Holodynamics
- Sponsor main events, or include the Holon presentation,
in a main event that occurs within your locality.
One Regular Meeting a Week
As a Holon member you will be attending one regular meeting
each week. This weekly meeting is shared by three levels
of Holon organization:
3 times a month
Local Holon Group:
1 time a month
-- instead of the Holon meeting
Council General Meeting
1 time a quarter -- instead of a Local Holon Group meeting
(It is recommended that you schedule this meeting for
months that have 5 weeks, the calendar permitting, so
that the Local Holon Group meeting is not replaced.)
Local Group Leadership Meeting:
The Holon Leader attends a Local
Group Committee meeting once a month. There the Leaders
from the Local Holons plan together the monthly Local Group
meeting or activity, as well as other events the Local Group
wants to sponsor.
National and International Holodynamics Conventions
Weekend of activities once a year somewhere in the world
(Instead of attending this Convention in person, your Holon
or Local Holon Group can sponsor a live or prerecorded direct
stream from the Holodynamics.com Website.)
Projects and activities of your Holon or Local Holon Group
can be scheduled anytime the Holon members agree.
Each Holodynamic Seminar is sponsored and run by a "Seminar
Coordinator" and a seminar committee. Each seminar has a
separate participation fee for those who attend.
Any individual or group in the Holodynamics Society can
act as Seminar Coordinator and committee to sponsor a seminar.
Seminars are taught by a Master Teacher, a Teacher or Presenters
(a team) who are certified by the Academy. These Seminars
are currently structured into Phase I, Phase II and Phase
III with additional courses as announced.
The Phase I Seminar presents the basic principles of Holodynamics,
the first 8 processes, focusing on physical, personal and
interpersonal dynamics, and on the Tracking process.
Phase II continues the development of the principles and
processes, and focuses on family-cultural dynamics and the
Relive/Pre-live process as well a Group Field Shifting.
Phase III is designed for those who choose to be certified
as an Advocate, Consultant, Facilitator, Presenters, Teachers
and Master Teachers.
The Academy of Holodynamics sponsors special Masters Courses
for those who qualify.
All these seminars are listed
on the Holodynamics web site when you are ready to sponsor
a seminar in your area, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information. The Holodynamic Society Central Office
will help you with the name and address of qualified teachers
who are ready to aid you and your program.
Financial Structure of Holons
In North America and Europe, the weekly fee for your Holon
meeting is $10 per person. Of this amount, $5 remains with
your Holon (the Scribe is the treasurer) the other $5 is
collected forwarded to the Central Offices of the Holodynamics
Society. In other areas of the world, the Holodynamics Society
sets the fee that is appropriate for particular cultures
and economic conditions. In some cases, no fees are charged.
We recommend that your fee schedules be correlated and confirmed
by the Central Office prior to your Holon being accepted
within the Society.
Commitments of a Holon Member
As a member of your Holon you make the following commitment,
to yourself and to the members of your Holon:
- I commit
to unfold my fullest possible potential, and to potentialize
- I commit to faithfully be present at each weekly
Holon meeting and at other functions of the Holon, the Holon
Group, the Holon Council and the Holodynamics Conventions,
- I commit to apply Holodynamic processes
at the Holon meeting and throughout the week in my personal
and social life.
- I commit to support the Holon Leader
and all Holon members in their respective positions, and
in unfolding their full potential and the synergistic potential
of the Holon.
- I commit to adhere to the principles, ethics
and policies of the Holodynamics Society.
Member Positions - Usual Six Members
The Holodynamic Holon has an official structure
consisting of formal positions performing organizational
functions. At the same time the Holon has a less formal
structure patterned after the Six Levels of Growth.
Each Holon member participates in this structure. Everyone
gets both a formal and informal job. This way each member
has responsibility, yet no one has too much organizational
burden to carry. In principle, everyone pulls together.
This is essential for individual development, and for the
success of entire Holon.
The formal positions listed below are recommended for most
Holons. These positions may be periodically rotated (approximately
every year) or as needed in order to give members experience
in different areas of the organization.
Of course the members of your Holon can modify these positions
or define new positions to fit special characteristics of
your Holon. But be careful not to lose the benefits of each
of these recommended positions. Someone should be responsible
for each formal and informal function in some way.
The recommended six positions of a Holon are as follows:
1) Physical Level: Facilities Coordinator
This member focuses on the Physical level of the Holon:
energy, strength, health, abundance, and vitality. Formally,
this member has two specific responsibilities: 1) the physical
location of the Holon, 2) the Holon records. The physical
location is important, but should not require inordinate
attention. In most cases it can be a member's home. The
local library or school may also be suitable. It needs to
exhibit the appropriate feeling of abundance. On the walls
you place the symbol of your Holon, the Mind Model, the
Six Level Chart, a list of Holon goals, collages and pictures
of recent events, other charts and art work you find fitting.
You can set up a book table with recent Holodynamics books
and pamphlets, handouts and process guides. Light refreshments
should be arranged for Holon members and guests, paid for
from Holon funds.
Being Holon Scribe means keeping accurate minutes of Holon
weekly activities, group decisions, study notes, and financial
accounting records. These minutes and records are kept in
a formal minute book and made part of the Holon historical
records. They are "physical" evidence of the Holon. They
create the official record of Holon activity, which may
be referred to later in reports to the Society or to the
local media. Minutes from each previous Holon meeting are
read aloud by the Scribe at the beginning of the next meeting.
This reading an important part of your Holon meeting. It
supports the institutional memory of the Holon and stimulates
2) Personal Level: Individual Development Coach
The Coach concentrates on all aspects of the Personal Level:
self-discovery, "I am Okay," self-assertion, confidence,
and creativity. This applies to the development of your
Holon as a whole, and to each individual member of your
Holon. Formal activities may include group physical exercises,
self-discovery and goal setting exercises, sharing of personal
experiences, and group support sessions. Informally, the
Personal Development Coach has periodic private meetings
with each member to discuss their personal goals and how
they are progressing, coaching them in their personal work.
3) Interpersonal Level: Communications / Relations Coordinator
Informally, this member focuses on the Interpersonal level
of development: rapport, mutual respect, "We are Okay,"
friendship, and intimacy. This may include facilitating
group communication exercises, interpersonal skill strengthening
activities, intimacy workshops, and doing relationship counseling
and support for couples. Formally, this member has responsibility
for maintaining a system of communication between the members.
It may be a telephone tree, an email address system, or
other means of staying in touch between meetings.
4) Social Level: Group Activities Leader
This member is concerned with the Social level of development:
cooperation, camaraderie, open trust, teamship, and synergy.
This includes the activities of the Holon, as well as activities
shared with the Local Holon Group, and on the community
projects the group chooses. The Group Activities Leader
is formally responsible for the organization of these activities
-- structuring, delegating and sharing the work between
all the members of the Holon. Informally, this member is
attuned to group dynamics and group processes, facilitating
the unfolding potential of the group.
5) Principle Level: Group Study Leader
This member concentrates on the Principled level of development:
openness, fair-care-share, "owning it," "I am," and integrity.
This is a powerful and essential part of unfolding the potential
of your Holon. Principles, values, ethics, and integrity
apply to each member, as well as to the group dynamic. This
member informally takes responsibility for this dynamic
and facilitates its mature unfolding. As Group Study Leader,
this member is also in a formal position to focus on the
principled level, leading the group study of Holodynamics
books and materials. The Holon, under the direction of the
Group Study Leader, votes on the study topics and allocates
the appropriate time for each subject in a monthly schedule
of study. This monthly schedule is posted at Holon Meetings
and made available to all members and visitors. There are
a significant number of these materials and various suggested
study outlines on the Holodynamics Site. During the intervening
week, Holon members are expected to do individual reading
and study, preparing for the Holon meeting.
6) Universal Level: Holon Leader
Formally, like the CEO
of a small enterprise, the Holon Leader is responsible for
the overall success of the Holon, and for the Holodynamic
development of the individuals and the group. At a deeper
dimension, informally, the Leader is responsible for the
Universal level: attuned, loving, empowered, knowing, oneness.
Every member of your Holon shares this Universal responsibility.
Formally it is divided and delegated to the each member,
who performs his or her respective function while keeping
the whole dynamic in mind. Keep in mind that the Leader
is a leader and has functions that cannot be delegated:
overall planning and guidance, organizing and structuring
the group, final decision-making and giving of formal recognition
Once you have held your first meeting, the whole group
discusses and votes to formally fill positions that become
vacant. The Leader is responsible to formally conduct and
make sure such processes are completed. The Leader also
designates new Holon positions and conducts the nomination
and voting process for each individual needed to fill each
position. Each position must be freely accepted by the member
assigned, and be approved by majority vote of active Holon
members at a Holon meeting. The Leader must personally perform
any positions that no other member wishes to assume until
someone accepts the assignment.
Inside the Holon, the Leader looks to develop members who
can later serve as Holon leaders when the group grows to
the point it can multiply and spin off another Holon. Outside
the Holon, the Leader meets monthly with other Holon Leaders
and serves on the Holon Group Committee, forming and guiding
the collective Local Holon Group. The Leader represents
and speaks for the Holon to the outside world.
Both inside and outside the Holon, Leader remains aware
that he or she must be an appropriate example of someone
dedicated to Holodynamic principles and processes.
You don't need to be an Expert! Just Be it and Do It.
As you review these positions and responsibilities of Holon
members, remember that you are not expected to be an expert
in any of these functions, especially at the beginning.
Just decide where you would like to focus, and start there.
No one is going to judge or criticize you. Everyone is in
the Holon to support one another. The Holon is about developing,
growing and unfolding your potential, together. You may
be delightfully surprised as you continue the process. Amazing
things happen in Holodynamics!
Positions for Additional Members:
When new members join your Holon, it's important that they
be recognized and, as quickly as possible, receive a job
in the organization. As stated above, this is essential
for the success of both the individual and the entire Holon.
When new members join, they can first share as an apprentice
in a position that is already assigned. When this happens,
it's important that a clear division of the responsibilities
within a position be made to the apprentice. Members can
make suggestions and people can work things out together
but then, the Holon Leader should formally announce the
division of the position into parts, relieve an existing
member of one part of the responsibility, and assign that
part directly to the new member. Thus, as soon as possible,
the new member has a specific assignment, not just an assistantship
to an existing member. The new member understands that if
they do not perform their function, it will be lacking.
Later, as this new member develops, new positions in addition
to those outlined above can be identified by the Leader,
approved by majority vote at a Holon meeting, and delegated
by the Leader.
Holon Visitors Welcome
Yes! By all means! Invite visitors to your Holon. Let them
take part in all the activities. Extend and invitation to
join. This is how your Holon continues to develop. Thus,
the processes and principles of Holodynamics are extended
throughout the world.
How Your Holon Grows, Divides, and Multiplies
It is suggested that each Holon grows as follows: 1) existing
members invite new members; 2) a Holodynamic Seminar is
sponsored in the area and new people request or are invited
to join your Holon; 3) people respond directly from the
Holodynamics Web Site or other source and request to join.
No one can join your Holon without the majority approval
of the existing active members. Membership is by invitation
from the existing Holon members extended to potential members.
When your Holon has more than 12 active members, the Majority
of members can vote to divide the Holon. (The Holon Leader
can vote twice to break a tie.) Then members vote again
to choose between Holon A and Holon B, which resulting Holon
will they join. It is recommended that each Holon have 6
members or more. The division of a Holon with 12 members
is treated as one new Holon and one that is a continuation
of the original Holon. Whichever, both Holons follow the
same organizational process outlined at the beginning of
this pamphlet. The 6 or more members in each Holon now choose
a name, leader, goals and positions - all or some of which
can be identical to the original Holon. Then they hold their
"First Meeting" as a new Holon and each proceeds as two
separate Holons. Both are automatically accepted into the
Local Holon Group, and each Leader joins the Local Group
TECHNICAL DETAILS: Who qualifies as an "Active" Holon
Member, a Holon "quorum," a Leader "pro tem," or a new Leader?
An "active" Holon member is any member who attends a Holon
meeting or activity (either in person or by electronic means)
at least once during the last 30 days unless absence is
due to circumstances that cannot permit attendance and notification
is given to the scribe.
A majority of active members, one of whom is the Holon
Leader, can hold a Holon meeting and be a "quorum" for official
Holon business. No member can vote as "proxy" for another.
However, should the Holon Leader not be able to attend a
meeting, the Leader can formally designate a Leader "pro
tem," notify the Holon Scribe (who notes this designation
in the official minutes), and this Leader "pro tem" acts
in the Leader's place with full responsibility until relieved
by the Leader.
Two thirds of active members can replace an existing Leader
or elect a new Leader; by calling a special meeting and
giving 48 hours notice to all active members. The new Leader
is elected at this special meeting by majority vote. (Thus,
if you are down to only three active members, two can call
a special meeting in 48 hours, where they can elect a new
Leader by majority vote and then proceed to revive the Holon!)