I asked a similar question before, about what to call a group of people that went through the same class, semester of a program, club, spent a week cruising with each other, etc.

But what I want to know is, a word that captures that all of you went through the same ____________.

I'm building an app and I need this as a general term to denote the organized experience you went through together. It's part of an organized program, probably a section of it, recurring. It's going to be used quite often throughout the app once I select one. So I'm soliciting ideas.

Just to give you some terms we already use:

  • Community - refers to any sort of community, e.g. students and alumni of a university, or neighbors in a building, or people who are taking / have taken a cruise, etc.
  • Group - a group of people that forms on demand to do some activity, e.g. go get some sushi, watch a movie, take a trip, etc. You can join a group or start a group.

So this term would join the others, to denote a "subcommunity" of people that went through the same experience, organized by some organization.

To give you more context, this is our product: http://qbix.com/communities

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    "Journey" is increasingly used to describe this kind of shared experience, particularly when the experience has been challenging and led to some kind of learning or personal growth. You'd say "Went on the same journey" rather than "through the same journey". Sep 16, 2016 at 14:18
  • What about "circle"? as in circle of friends, a circle of initiates or a sharing circle.
    – Graffito
    Sep 16, 2016 at 14:20
  • Not sure, but how about emotional contagion? It means a process in which a person or group influences the emotions or behavior of another person or group through the conscious or unconscious induction of emotion states and behavioral attitudes. Sep 16, 2016 at 14:33
  • Happening, event, experience,...
    – Drew
    Sep 16, 2016 at 15:12
  • I think "shared experience" fits your meaning pretty well.
    – Hot Licks
    Oct 18, 2016 at 12:00

4 Answers 4


Two that spring to mind are a collective experience and a mutual experience.

All of us went through the same collective/mutual experience.


Well there are nouns for different forms of shared experiences such as dalliance and collaboration.


All of us went through the same ____________.

All of us went through the same shared experience.

That means we have a shared bond.


It's part of an organized program, probably a section of it, recurring.

As you specify that each experience is part of a program perhaps episode will best describe them.

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