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How we host transitions in Campfire

jour·​ney: a set of experiences that someone has over a period of time, especially when they change the person in some way — Cambridge Dictionary

While I'm known for disliking the word journey (mostly because of its overuse), it seems like an apt description right now for my time working with Campfire - A set of experiences that have changed me in many ways. How exactly is hard to articulate right now, but I feel it strongly.

I have made the difficult decision to step away from actively working in the Coop for the next 12 months, to pursue other opportunities. Working in an organisation that is experimenting with new organisational forms, structures and practices through the past 3 years, including COVID, has led to a need for a regular income. I will continue to follow my passion for supporting people through change and transition.

I will continue to serve as a Member of Campfire Coop, which also means I sit on the Board, as all Members do. I remain a loyal advocate for the work Campfire is doing to be 'guides for the future'.

I am extremely grateful for the opportunities to work and learn with others, to grow as a person, and for the ongoing support, friendship and connection.

Daryl Cook

After 3.5 years, including 3 as a Member and Board member, Daryl’s context is changing, and so does his relationship with us in Campfire, and the organisation itself.

Every transition in to, or out of Campfire, is different. Context impacts how we host transitions, and we haven't always done it well in the past. We are learning.

In this case, Daryl is taking on a full time role in another organisation, so won’t have time or energy to focus on day to day Campfire activities.

Usually this transition can take a little longer, and we don’t always have that luxury. Responding in complexity is what we practice on a daily basis.

So in late January we called a conversation with members with the purpose of supporting a smooth transition for Daryl, other members and the organisation. It was a tough conversation, there is a lot of sadness, alongside real understanding of the reasons why. We got shared clarity of principles for how we are in relationship to each other from now on, and practices and clear next steps to support that.

Soon, at our monthly governance meeting (Fireside Chat) we’ll host an Appreciation Circle for Daryl, to honour his contribution and really support him and all of us in the transition. It’s a powerful practice that helps people leave well, and also helps those still here.

A little head start on that - Thank you Daryl, for all of the gifts you have offered, your dedication, commitment and care - and your jokes. We miss you Cookie, DC, Daz!

The Campfire team


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