convention of participation

based on free will there are conventions which characterise the participation of the people in the space. these customs strengthen trust and the workings of the space.


the entry, the development and the exit are part of the conventions the participation. these convention are developed, maintained and changed. from rites to standards, but the one key attribute of the purposeful space that stands out in comparison with 'normal' organisations is free will.  


autonomy and group thinking


the forms of the elements of the purposeful are different from the forms of the elements or attributes  of other groups that people estahbish. there are many shades in the differences. the dialogue about these shades deepen the understanding of what makes up a true new form of social space.

in the element of conventions of participation one such a shade is quite contrastive: the autonomy versus group thinking. the word versus implies a polar relationship between these words. that dichotomy is more delicate and nuanced, but also very true. when group thinking dominates the autonomy of participants a true purposeful social space ceases to exist as such. 

that is the precise line and that makes this element so interesting. unity and conventions are needed to establish and secure an open and trustful interaction, but that can never overshadow the autonomy. the free will is an essential condition for what is a purposeful social spacial. in that respect building the necessary convention (how minimal they may even be) requires creativity and precision.

we hope to contribute to this fascinating work.



becoming part of the space

the traditional entrée to an organisation is characterized by a formal moment that marks a decision that someone becomes part of the organisation. there is a clearly defined moment when you enter the organisation; signing a contract, the first day at the office, a press release, a photo in a journal etc. 

although the celebratory events may certainly happen in the purposeful social space, the emphasis is not so much on the act of entering as it is on becoming involved in the space. it is not about crossing the border, but about the involvement in the activities, the role one plays towards the purpose and the interaction with others in the space.

the explicit entry and the implicit commitment is replaced by the explicit participation and the implicit appearance.


a mininal appraoch

the only convention of this group of runners is to show up on saturday at 8:15h  and run for about 7 km. after which they talk for ome time about everything and part saying 'see you next week'.


dress code





the expressions of the conventions

conventions of participation are expressed in the behaviour of the participants. although the expression and the convention are deeply related, there is a difference. the conventions are the rules by which the participation is governed, the expression are the visible results of those written and unwritten rules. 

the distinction can be valuable in design and forming of a purposeful social space. a convention that in itself may be useful (such as a hierachical structure) may result in unwanted attitudes and behaviour.

so when analysing, discussing and creating conventions and the customs it is important to see the various levels of the conventions, from the believes that are the root to the expression that we experience.