Posted on February 19, 2009

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This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series How to Start a Polyamory Group
By Sanja Gjenero @ stock.XCHNG

By Sanja Gjenero @ stock.XCHNG

In high school and college, students have the ability to join clubs that focus on a hobby (i.e. debate or chess, etc.) or a niche in which they belong or hold an interest (i.e. cultural, GLBT, environmentalist, etc.).  In the “grown up” world, it’s no different.  We desire to find and connect with others that hold similar views and beliefs, and established groups give us the opportunity to do that.

If you are in a town that does not have a polyamory-focused group, this series of articles will guide you through the process of creating one.

Don’t think that this series is just for those that don’t have a group available to them.  If you have a local organization available, or are a part of one, I encourage you to read this series and to comment.  The second reason I am writing these articles is to show you how organizations are structured.  Different group dynamics are more helpful than others based upon the needs of individual members and how the group wants to interact with society. 

Here is an outline of the articles in this series:

  • Finding Others: From Individual to Group
  • Creating Vision: What Do You (As A Group) Want to Accomplish?
  • Building the Framework, Part 1: Determining Your Organizational Structure
  • Building the Framework, Part 2: Creating the Group Bylaws and Constitution
  • Communication: The Group Email List and/or Forum
  • Location, Location, Location: Establishing Social Events and Venues
  • Finding Others, Revisited:  Planning for New Members
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