This is for public information about the Alliance, Allies, and our movement: healthy power in the world.

News of the Alliance 2016.10.30

The last few months have brought us regular continuing professional development for facilitators and a few more allies (Welcome!), but mostly they have been a fallow time for the HPA.
We adopted our new name and purpose a year ago, and over the Winter, Spring, and Summer we created our Manifesto together, created a web site, launched new programs, and tripled in size. Frankly, for the last few months our coordinating team (Michelle and I) have been burnt out.
One thing I have not mentioned is the rich set of conversations about strategy which has run alongside all our other work, lead by various members of our top circle and by other allies. These strategy conversations have offered us a range of possible directions: more than we could possibly achieve!
Our next steps as an alliance are clear: we need to choose among the many attractive options for developing the alliance over the coming year, and we need to carefully match our strategic priorities to the energy available from the engaged allies who are making all of this possible.
If you have an idea for a course you would like to teach, an event you would like to organize, a conversation you would like to host, or a service you would like to offer to your HPA allies, please get in touch. Whatever strategic direction we choose, this alliance is about you and me and all of us helping each other make the world a better place.
Also, if you would like to volunteer to keep the Alliance going and growing, please let us know! Event hosts, admin volunteers, web designers, teachers: there’s plenty of room for more contribution.
And if you value what you experience here and want to make it possible for us to do more, please consider contributing financially. There are donate buttons on the website on most pages; any contribution is welcome and if you contribute what you would be paid for a day’s work that will be just as meaningful as contributing a day of your time.
In any case you can expect us to come back to you with more information about strategic directions for the coming year. If you want to be part of setting those directions you can fill in the feedback form in this newsletter or you can reach out directly. Welcome to the Healthy Power Alliance’s second year!

News of the Alliance 8.8.2016

Over the past two months, we have been struggling with website technology. All those problems have been solved, and we are now ready to throw open the gates and invite people to participate.

This past week we had a very rich conversation about Brexit, and applying Sociocracy and other tools for Healthy Power to large scale political systems. More events will be added soon.

If you have been waiting to tell people about the Healthy Power Alliance, wait no more. We add new resources to the library every month. We continue to schedule online events and local meetups. We have a conference coming in December.


Alliance Update 24.6.2016

We asked you what you wanted and you told us.

Through the Winter and into the Spring we asked Healthy Power Allies and people we thought would become Allies these questions: What do you want to give? To receive? To co-create? What do you need from us to make that possible? If we can do those things, would it be worth your time, energy, or money, to make the Alliance a success? Your enthusiastic endorsement let us know that we could pass out of the first phase of the customer development cycle.


Now Healthy Power Alliance is in the second phase of the “customer development cycle”: validation. In the second phase we need to get the basic set of offerings in place and validate our model. If you, our Allies, are truly satisfied with the website, the peer learning sessions, the connect events, and the emerging set of research projects, then you will be volunteering, donating, and even purchasing enough to allow us to grow. That will validate our model.

So, over the past month we have remade the website, set up a few new services, set up our newsletter and automated welcome emails, launched our Slack chat space (you should get an invite soon if you have not already), put new resources in the Resource Library, and generally worked on improving our core offerings. Yet, we still have lots of work to do.

The HPA is still very small, and I have deliberately asked you not to push the word out too much quite yet. We are still figuring out exactly how to serve you, how best to provide support to enable you to effectively serve one another. We will know it is working when the HPA revenue starts growing, when Allies volunteer easily, and when we hear from those of you who are contributing time and/or money that your contribution is returned several-fold in the value of your participation in the HPA.

More resources. More services.  Coming quickly.

For the next month, please keep checking the website. We will be adding more resources, more services. You will be getting emails telling you about new things on offer. If our grant application goes through, we will be having a conference in the Autumn, and we will certainly tell you as soon as the date is scheduled.

Most of all, keep doing your work, and let us know how we can help — how any of your Allies can help. Your work is the work of the Alliance; you are leading the global transformation which we all need to see.

Alliance Update 23.05.2016

We have passed through a long six months since deciding to change our name to the Healthy Power Alliance.

Since adopting our new identity, we have created a Healthy Power Manifesto with input from dozens of people; we have laid out our strategy for serving the movement toward a world where every person enjoys the benefits of healthy power; we have clarified the set of services we will initially offer to Allies.

Of course we are applying Sociocracy, Lean Startup, and various other frameworks to our development. Still, this just means we have better than average odds of success. Nothing is guaranteed, and we need to do the work (both internal and external) to bring this Alliance to the place where we are growing without unduly taxing the resources of our Allies (voluntary or otherwise).

At the moment, we are in the phase of “customer development” known as Customer Validation. In essence, we validate our model by selling some things. Because the core creative dynamic of our Alliance lies in cultivating mutually supportive relationships between Allies, this means we are testing three things:

  1. Will Allies use our services and tell other people about them (and about the Alliance)?
  2. Will Allies purchase the services which we offer for a fee?
  3. Will Allies become “Engaged”, contributing time and money to make the Alliance fly, in exchange for access to special programs and discounts on everything?

If that starts to happen, then we can celebrate and move on to the next challenge: growing the number of Allies.

If we have not yet quite landed the right design for our offering to Allies, then we will need to keep revising things until we get people buying in with the same enthusiasm you showed in our initial conversations!

You can contribute in three ways:

  1. Use our services. Or try to use them — even if it is difficult to do so, it will get better and you can tell us what to improve.
  2. Tell us what’s not working, and what you want instead. Is there anything which prevents you from using our services? What would it take for you to be raving about the Alliance to your colleagues and clients — at least the ones committed to changing the world for the better?
  3. Volunteer for one of the Open Roles listed on our site. You will become one of the “we” that is making the Alliance a reality!

Thank you for your time and your interest and all your contributions.


Nate Whitestone