February 1, 2015: Business Call

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Contents

Sunday Agenda

  • Check in
  • Review WWWs
  • Daily Practice/Metrics
  • Weekly event logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • 10-year celebration on February 28
  • Goals for Seed Village
  • SolSeed Business Brainstorming
  • Evaluation

Check-in (gratinews)

  • Brandon … making some progress at work, feels good
  • Ben … almost done planning for my trip, I get to go to JPL for a lecture!

WW(W)s from last time

Organize the WWWs by person and then due date. We’ll start checking in on topical community protocol and meditation for each mini-period between workbees.

Holacracy founder Brian Robertson says these are bad: http://holacracy.org/blog/the-insanity-of-the-what-by-when

  • Brandon … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Brandon … talk to Shelley about celebrating 10 years in February (gifts, singing, sos, etc) … Monday night
  • Brandon … order the Gaia statues … by tonight (they're no longer available on Amazon)
  • Ben … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Ben … send Paul another invitation to join Gaia Wiki … by next call
  • Eric … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing

WWWs

  • Eric … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Brandon … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Brandon … get Gaia statues … ASAP
  • Brandon … do more research on big trees in/near Portland … by next call
  • Ben … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing

Daily Practice (from Sunday to Sunday)

2014-01-18 to 2014-01-24: 65+22+_ =87 checkmarks

Metrics (from Sunday to Sunday)

0 … articles published (blog, etc)
0 … net signups to the newsletter for the week (100 total)
0 … conversants from signup (people we are talking or emailing with)
0 … bios added to the wiki by conversants
5 … articles added to Gaia.wiki
24 … sessions on Gaia.wiki other than us
87 … sessions on Spacewiki.com
72 … sessions on SolSeed.org (including Portland meetup)
2+_=2 … topical community touches
87 … daily practice checkmarks for the week

Weekly Events Logistics

Weekend

Service rotation: Eric, Shelley, Brandon, Ben
  • February 7 Service: 9:00 AM PDT, 12:00 EST (Ben)
  • February 8 Work-Bee: 5:30 PM PST, 20:30 EST ... probably canceled (Sanders likely in Seattle to see baby Daniel, Ben likely too busy getting picked up from the Santa Barbara Airport)

Midweek

  • February 5 Work-Bee: 6:30 PM PST, 21:30 EST (Sanders out due to having Carol and Vickki as dinner guests)

10-year celebration

  • When: February 28, 2015
    • February 28, 2005 was when Shelley joined, and the First Follower is the most important person, according to a TED talk on starting movements
  • Where:
  • Who:
    • Just us?
    • People who were at Seed 2009?
    • People who came to later events, e.g. Hank & Gus & Ben's parents?
  • What:
    • A cake with 10 candles and presents (e.g. Millennial Gaia statues, if we can find any for sale)
    • Watching videos, e.g. Gaia's Heartbeat and Symphony of Science
    • Singing
    • Launching little rockets
    • Looking at the stars
      • Could go to the Haggart observatory in Clackamas, or Rooster Rock
    • Get matching tattoos on our foreheads
    • Go to stonehenge at Maryhill (would probably have to be during the warmest part of the day)
    • Go to a laaaaaarge tree and hug it
      • Possibly Portland's largest Coast Redwood
    • A meal (lunch or dinner)

Considerations for Seed Village

  • Mandatory Logistics Issues … it’s got to work for kids and adults
    • Near places of employment
    • Good public transportation
    • Near existing schools (until we start our own)
    • Enough space for all contributing members to live there
    • Internet access
  • Inspiration … it's got to be exciting enough to overcome our inertia
    • Green building features
    • Beautiful sacred meeting space/Temple
    • Food & flower garden
    • Stirring natural setting and/or vibrant urban setting (e.g. Forest Park)
  • Non-mandatory but still important features
    • Common spaces for meals
    • Bikable
    • Workshop
    • Good multi-purpose meeting space

SolSeed Business Chat

  • Brandon … I’m thinking about getting a normal job and so might be out of play for such an endeavor for a few years
  • Ben … I’m thinking about working for SpaceX sometime in the next few years, which would also be a problem … may not be a strong possibility
  • Brandon … I’ve grown accustomed to having a fair amount of money to spend on things, and I don't know whether I'm committed enough to "starve" for a while
  • Ben … one thing that worries me is that our top idea is synthetic biology thing … extremely controversial politically and way outside our areas of expertise … I’ve been waiting for the black hat session so that I could say that
  • Brandon … I don't feel like there's something on our current list of ideas that I "can't not do"
  • Ben … so that’s what you are looking for, something that is like “yep, I’ve got to dedicate my life to this!”
  • Brandon … basically … the thing I'm most excited about right now is the science fiction that you're writing
  • Ben … but of course that's not a viable business plan … people who make money off of writing science fiction are very few and far between
  • Brandon … yeah, but you’re really good! as is Eric!
  • Ben … I'm going to try to sell my work to a publisher, but I still wouldn't make any future financial plans based on it
  • Brandon … another thing I'm proud of is The Seed and the Gaia's Heartbeat music video, even though the latter is kind of a failure … I'm proud of the artistic, creative things we've made in general
  • Ben … I still say we haven't really promoted Gaia's Heartbeat enough … anyway, viral videos won't make us money directly, only if they point people to e.g. "donate money to the SolSeed Foundation!"

Evaluation

  • Brandon … wanting to continue our discernment and get to a point of tight focus
  • Ben … I feel like we may need to adopt a long-term mindset that says “we’re going to be a success someday but we’re not necessarily going to go viral and have a million dollars in three years like we said at one point” … Brandon agrees :-)
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