August 6, 2017: Business Call

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Contents

Agenda

  • Check in
  • Opening Blessing
  • Review WWWs
  • Newsletter
  • Weekly event logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • Year Plan
    • September trip
  • SolSeed Creed revisions
  • Evaluations
  • Eric's Gaia Statue videos (shoehorned in)
  • Closing Blessing

Next business call

  • New Videos
  • Strategic Planning

Check-in

  • Eric: I glued the first two pieces of the mannikin together … I also put up the second video about it
  • Ben: I am feeling like I have to stop myself from doing escapist activities.
  • Brandon: Please leave a message.
  • Shelley: Please leave a message

Opening Blessing

Gaia doesn't love us, doesn't really know we exist, and yet we are part of her, so we contribute to her. And because we are part of her, she takes care of us in many ways. We are filled with gratitude for the water, air, food, shelter, and clothing that she provides. May this inspire us to do the work. --Blessed Be

WW(W)s from Last Time

  • Brandon … find and add my new ideas for the Creed to the wiki … by next call
  • Brandon … plan Lammas with Shelley and share plans with Ben and Eric … by Today
  • Brandon … get arboretum and canoe trip pictures to Ben for the newsletter … by Today
  • Ben … plan Lammas Seattle and share plans with Brandon and Eric … by Tuesday
  • Ben … add pictures and send out the Spring newsletter … by next call
  • Ben … find and add my new ideas for the Creed to the wiki … by next call
  • Eric … send Ben any drawings for the hobbit hole that could go in the newsletter … by tomorrow night

WW(W)s

  • Brandon/Shelley … get arboretum and canoe trip pictures to Ben for the newsletter … when they get back from the Olympic Mountains
  • Eric … send Ben any drawings for the hobbit hole that could go in the newsletter … by tomorrow night
  • Ben … add pictures and send out the Spring newsletter … by next call
  • Ben … find and add my new ideas for the Creed to the wiki … by next call

Newsletter

  • Eric shared the Excel drawings for the hobbit hole
  • He also looked for recent Buckleberry photos and found some on his phone

Weekly Events Logistics

Service rotation: Eric, Ben, Brandon, Rico, Shelley
  • Aug 12 Service: 8:30 AM PDT / 11:30 EDT … Brandon (Eric isn't sure where he will be)
  • Aug 13 Business Call: 8:30 AM PDT / 11:30 EDT (Eric will be at the cottage, but could go to Neat to get wi-fi)

Year Plan

Equinox trip

Schedule

  • Sanders are looking into getting tickets for a short dash of a trip (arrive Thursday September 21st after a red-eye flight, and leave Sunday the 24th … there on Friday and Saturday).
  • Have Eric and Ben's Graycliff trip be an out-and-back
  • Maybe have them drive from the airport and meet us at Buckleberry on Thursday?
    • Better idea: Eric could have already brought the mannikin, cement mixer etc beforehand, so we could rent a Dodge Caravan-type vehicle to pick them all up
  • Do the painting at Buckleberry so they can participate
  • Michelle and Patrick could get their own VrtuCar to join us for Saturday
  • Go back to Auberge Saturday night, which will make it a shorter drive to the airport for Ben on Sunday morning

Notes

  • Eric will get a small garage-in-a-box for bathroom facilities and storage
  • Weather could be anything from snow to 100-degree-F heat

SolSeed Creed

  • Eric's ideas are around past, present, and future focus
  • Brandon wanted to add stuff about the pace of change; slowing down our own lives (an idea that appeals to Shelley among others) while facing the rapid change of the world.
  • Ben wrote something a while ago that talks about the huge cost and huge potential benefit of technological civilization
  • Ben: there should be a limit to the number of different values we focus on in the Creed. It should not get too long.
    • Ideally everything should be built out from a center, Life is Precious
    • Eric: We could work that into the mindfulness pledge
  • Eric: I want more pledges and less description
    • Ben: My ideas could lead to pledges of activism?

Evaluation

  • Eric … I'm really excited about you guys coming … reworking the Creed feels like it's a bigger job than I envisioned, but it's worth doing … I'm grateful that this practice of having meetings about things that matter is still ongoing
  • Ben … I feel a little nervous about all the logistics for the equinox ... and I am just remembering that I wanted to offer some feedback about Eric’s unboxing video ... and I am just generally feeling scattered.

Eric's videos

  • Ben thinks they should be shorter
  • Fewer um's would be good
    • Eric: I didn't take much time to prepare well for the first video
  • Put the theme song before the talking-head intro?
    • Or start with a short hook, then the theme song, then a longer intro

Closing Blessing

Life within Gaia is endlessly complex, and as limited beings we can be overwhelmed by the complexity. May we share this burden and be grateful for the many allies who are working to make this spectacularly complex biosphere function. May we add our particular distinctiveness to the whole. --Blessed Be

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