A Model for GITA’s Ethics and Membership
GITA’s work reaches a diverse field of tribal communities, spiritualists, therapy providers, physicians, artists, researchers, activists and others. Its members have laid the groundwork through which thousands of people have found freedom, sanctuary and personal growth with one of the world’s most powerful medicinal plants, even amidst significant obstacles. Still, some of these obstacles are not overcome, and there is work to do to ensure that the community’s growth happens with the highest standard of safety and sustainability, while maintaining all aspects of our diversity.
This model offers a way to leverage the grassroots power of the community through a peer-review membership system. Rather than launching a set of fixed standards that would be challenging to build consensus around and enforce globally, it contains a process of transparent dialogue that will allow for continued adaptation and learning. It will explain some incentives for membership, as well as the option to clearly indicate to prospective clients the level of expertise and community engagement of their therapy provider.
Some theoretical concepts, such as the learning organization and some fundamental principles of systems theory, will be introduced to ground the model in contemporary organizational theory.
A discussion period will offer an initial opportunity for criticism.
Jonathan Dickinson is an ibogaine provider, writer, and organizer with a longstanding passion for ceremony, and the healing and inspirational qualities of visionary medicines. Since 2009, he has been working under the mentorship of Clare Wilkins at Pangea Biomedics in Mexico, as well as in several other ceremonial and clinical settings. In October, 2012 he was appointed to GITA’s Board of Directors, and since May, 2013 has served as the organization’s acting Director. He is also a beginner permaculturist and is currently enrolled in a Permaculture Diploma course through the Permaculture Institute USA, specializing in Site Design and Research.