IBM Local Rings are special communities that focus on the experience of magic. Ring members share a common passion to advance magic education and performance.
By affiliating with a Ring, one experiences a similarity to others, a mutual group affiliation, a willingness to share by giving to or doing for others what one expects from them. As a result, one becomes part of a larger dependable and stable structure.
By affiliating with a Ring, one experiences a feeling of belonging, a feeling that members matter to one another and the group, and a shared faith that members’ needs will be met through their commitment to be together.” Said differently, by affiliating with a Ring, one experiences “social bonding” and “physical rootedness.”
By affiliating with a Ring, one experiences greater participation, perceived safety, the ability to function competently in the community, social bonding, strong interpersonal relationships, and a greater sense of purpose and perceived control.
Four Major Benefits
By affiliating with a Ring, members will experience four major elements that underpin the sense of community afforded by Rings.
Local Rings have physical boundaries common to its members. Rings offer members an emotional safety where one can participate regardless of skill level; members often use their Ring experiences as an unconstrained opportunity to “fail forward fast” knowing they exist in an environment of trust and feeling of safety. Members make a personal investment in advancing their magical knowledge and skill. Members feel like they fit in because it is “their magic community.”
Ring members can influence the Ring structure and direction, which strengthens group cohesion; that is, Rings create an environment where members feel like they have a say in what happens. Conversely, the Ring influences its members because it simply has to become a place that they care about. It provides members with value that they don’t want to lose.
INTEGRATION AND FULFILMENT OF NEEDS
Ring members experience a feeling of reward in various ways for participating in Ring activities. Their participation reinforces the idea that Rings need to help members grow to make it worth their time and contribution. A reward might be something specific like an answer to a question or networking. Or it could be something a bit more intangible like a sense of belonging, a support network, thoughtful conversations, or inspiration.
SHARED EMOTIONAL CONNECTION
Ring members experience a shared history and participation in the local magic community. These experiences form a long lasting, emotion connection. This shared emotional connection for magic results in contact with others sharing the same values, thereby producing high-quality interactions. Psychologically, belonging to a Ring represents one major basis for self-definition. This factor alone may well represent the primary definitive element of a Ring.
Local Ring Benefits By The Numbers
Here are a few of the many features, advantages, and benefits of joining an I.B.M. Ring.
1. You will boost your self-confidence
2. You will develop creativity and problem-solving skills
3. You will improve your public speaking and presentation skills
4. You will have an instant icebreaker to make new friends
5. You will have an international language, loved world-wide
6. You can mystify and entertain family and friends
7. You often can integrate magic into work and school activities
8. You will have a “screen free” skill to help your mind and body grow
9. You will have a skill widely used for therapeutic and rehabilitation purposes
10. You will have a unique means of communicating socially relevant messages
11. You will experience the joy of learning
12. You will sharpen your fine motor skills
In sum, you’ll join an instant group of new friends and learn tricks of the trade; this will do wonders for your self-assurance. Most Rings have members with over 300 years of collective magic experience waiting to share with you.
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