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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Pachamama Alliance • 2 September 2017

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The information here is designed to address common questions about the Pachamama Alliance Global Commons, an online community that supports the vision of a thriving, just and sustainable world.

Feel free to pose any additional questions you have in the comments at the bottom of the page. You may also find information you are looking for on the Platform Tips page.

Why did you name this online community the Global Commons?

Great question! You can read a news story that explains the significance of the name.

Who is the online community for?

This online community connects Pachamama Alliance participants, leaders, and supporters, and anyone committed to a worldview that honors and sustains life.

Can I invite other people to join?

Yes! This community is yours to co-create, so feel free to invite people who support the vision of a thriving, just and sustainable world by sending them to

How do I access the online community?

Some material is publicly visible, and logging in will allow you to experience everything the community has to offer.

This software is distinct from the software used for Awakening the Dreamer and the Game Changer Intensive, so you will need to create an account if you haven’t already.

If you have any trouble accessing your account, email

What should I use the online community for?

This online community has a variety of functions. You can participate in a Course. You can search for people who live in your area or who you met in a Pachamama Alliance program. You can find Groups based on location or common interests. And you can join and create Topics and Events to pursue your vision of a thriving, just, and sustainable world. There are Tutorial Videos available if you are interested in learning more about those opportunities.

Feel free to engage in the community in whatever way appeals to you consistent with the Community Guidelines and Policies. You can share about your experiences in programs created by Pachamama Alliance or other like-minded organizations. You can share about your personal journey. You can discuss current events and activities. It’s your community!

How do I learn more about using this community?

You can access various types of information in the User Guide, including tips to Get Started, Platform Tips, a Groups Directory, Key Terms, Tutorial Videos, and Community Guidelines and Policies in addition to these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Who can see what I write?

It depends. When you create a Post, Topic, or Event, you have the option to set the visibility to Public, which anyone can see, or Community, which can only be seen by community members who have logged in. Regardless of the visibility setting on a Topic or Event, comments are only visible to people who are logged in.

Activity can also take place within Groups, which can be Public, Open, Closed, or Secret. The different types of Groups are discussed in the question after next.

Can I send a private message to another community member?

Yes! You can access private messaging through the envelope icon in the main navigation bar, or through the Private Message button on someone's profile page. You can read more about private messaging here.

How do I use Groups in this online community?

Groups offer a way to organize events and discussions, and to connect with people around common interests. You can view the current Groups in the Group Directory, and can create a Group of your own.

There are currently four types of Groups: Public, Open, Closed, and Secret. You need to join a Group to participate in the discussions within. You will see an orange JOIN button on the right side of the screen when you visit Public and Open Groups. Membership in Closed and Secret Groups is controlled by the Group Managers.

Activity in Public Groups is visible to anyone who visits the community, whether or not they have an account. The Public setting is ideal for Groups representing local Pachamama Alliance Communities so that new visitors to the community can find activity near them.

Activity in Open Groups is visible to any community member who is logged. The Open setting works well for interest groups.

Anyone who is logged in can see a Closed Group, but only Group members can see the events and discussions within them. The Closed setting works well for local planning teams, and for staying connected with people after a Pachamama Journey or the Game Changer Intensive.

Secret Groups and their content are only visible to people who have been added to the Group. Only site administrators can create a Secret Group, so please contact a Pachamama Alliance staff member if you are interested in using one.

You will receive notifications about new Topics, Events, and Posts in the Groups you join.

To leave a Group, visit the Group page, click the button that says Joined and then select Leave group.

Will I receive email notifications about activity in the online community?

Notifications are generated based on a number of criteria in the online community. You can determine the frequency at which to receive email notifications about that activity in your Account Settings.

You can receive notifications about a Topic of interest by clicking the FOLLOW button in the description.

How can I get support with an issue?

If you have any additional questions, you can ask them using the Feedback Form that is included on most pages for people who are logged in or pose them in the comments below.