To me, it's apparent that a core activity that occurs in unMonastery is individual & collective learning.
This manifests in different forms; sometimes technical, other times expressive; depending on the individual capabilities that are being sought out (which influence or are influenced by a collective capability which is being built).
So, yes it is all about sitting in circles holding sticks; when the best way to learn a collective capability in a given context (i.e. horizontal decision making, group cohesion & stability..etc.) is to sit in circles, holding sticks.
It might be that on the same day, the individual participants of that stick holding circle have also been
- relentlessly pursuing research & leads on Sociocracy;
- building websites which reflect & make sense of participatory action;
- designing objects which encourage sustainable behaviors within a collective & facilitate consensual decisions;
- perfecting a recipe for a meal, which provokes & allows those who are sharing it to discuss horizontal decision making processes further
- finding opportunities to experiment with and implement different forms of decision making in other contexts
Which came first, the individual desire to build a certain capability or the collective desire to forge a group capability?
Perhaps that's just another Strange Loop, where a discrete answer isn't all that helpful or relevant.
However, a salient consideration might be, what does unMonastery look like when the collective capability being worked on is different?
Maybe then it certainly isn't circles & sticks.