February 10, 2013: Online Work Bee

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Contents

Agenda

  • Check In
    • Shelley Tweak
  • Review WWWs
  • Weekly Events Logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • Evaluation of Work Bee calls
  • Topical Community Protocols
  • One Page Plan
  • Evaluation
  • Story telling equinox party

Items for next week

  • Moving the work bee start time

Check In

  • Shelley ... I talked with Brandon about how I might best be in service of SolSeed; we were noticing there are times when I don't have much to contribute to the call, so I'm going to take a hiatus and work on things at other times
  • Ren ... Hello everyone (wave wave)
  • Brandon ... I'm pretty excited, since I've been reading the Living Universe Foundation mailing list and learning a lot ... I'll try not to make a habit of eating during the call
  • Ben ... I was feeling really resentful of Petra for waking me up early and I have to wake up earlier than normal tomorrow too, but now I feel better having accomplished some SolSeed related stuff.
  • Eric ... I'm a bit groggy because I stayed up until 1 AM last night ... I spent the whole day doing housework

WWWs from last time

  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which day ... ongoing
  • Eric ... do PERMA Questionaire ( https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4P0CKmXVx3CJ4Y4 ) ... by next call
  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... work on "the gospel according to Ben" ... by next call
  • Ben ... do PERMA Questionaire ( https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4P0CKmXVx3CJ4Y4 ) ... by next call
  • Shelley ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... do PERMA Questionaire ( https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4P0CKmXVx3CJ4Y4 ) ... by next call
  • Shelley ... discuss difficulties with participating in this call with Brandon ... by next call
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... do PERMA Questionaire ( https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4P0CKmXVx3CJ4Y4 ) ... by next call
  • Brandon ... add ice skating at 10am on Sunday Feb 3rd at Lloyd Center Ice Rink to meetup.com ... by today
  • Brandon ... send SolSeedCreed v2.1 ... by next call

WWWs

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... poke around on http://tmp2.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page ... by next week
  • Ben ... look at Brandon's work on the Creed ... by next call
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... propose a way to quickly distinguish between what should and should not be published ... by next call
  • Eric ... suggest coaching ideas for meeting WWWs
  • Eric ... poke around on http://tmp2.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page ... by next week
  • Eric ... read the SolSeed Creed commentary on Passion
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... discuss WWWs with Shelley
  • Brandon ... add Eric to the info@solseed.org group ... by next call
  • Brandon ... read our minutes, how do I feel about them ... by next call
  • Brandon ... write up three sentences that describe a call I'd be proud to invite a particular person to ... by next call

Weekly Events Logistics

Service Saturday February 16, 9:00am PST 12:00 EST (Ben)
Rotation: Brandon, Eric, Shelley, Ben
Work-Bee Sunday February 17, 1:30 pm PST 16:30 EST
In-person service with Vliets: Saturday the 16th, 10:30 am
Seeing Nature Readings and Practices: next is 2013-02-17 13:00 EST

Evaluation of work bee calls

  • Brandon was thinking about how to invite people on the LUF list to participate
    • Wants to feel really good about our practices, including the services and work bees
  • Critiques of the work bees
    • Ben: It often feels rushed and like we aren't getting through all the things that need to be done
    • Eric: Sometimes a right people problem, listening to people discuss things that aren't relevant to them ... I don't feel that way because I'm super into and committed (even while listening to you plan an event that I'm not going to participate in) ... if we were going to invite people who are less excited and into SolSeed, they will be less interested in a menu for an event that they aren't going to ... they are just talking about little things that aren't important to me ... right person solution could be sub-committee meetings rather than one call that does everything ... problem is, when there are only four of us it is hard to solve some of these problems ... if we really wanted to look professional we should subcomittee things that aren't of general interest
    • Brandon: At Windward they have 30-40 polished essays a year where they talk about what they're doing ... on the LUF email list, they just recirculate the same old ideas over and over and focus a lot on their problems and failings ... Windward looks more active and successful ... I'd want people to see progress on concrete, tangible work in our work bees
    • Ben ... Our philosophy is not entirely finished and so we have to rehash some of our ideas
    • Brandon ... Windward stuff is separated out into streams and organized while LUF is all stuff crushed together into one thing. There are links between the strands in Windward. Windward site doesn't include complaining about lack of progress.
    • Ben ... Maybe this purpose wouuld be better served by inviting people to receive our newsletters rather than participating in the work bees
      • Brandon ... It would be great if we could publish something twice a month that shows significant progress
    • Eric ... would Brandon prefer that our work bee minutes were "in camera," i.e. not as public as the LUF listserve is?

Topical Community Protocols

  • Ben: feeling over-committed, can't get up the energy to try and be more knowledgeable about growing things, which is what the CELSS facebook group is and should be about ... can I count one of my existing activities outside of SolSeed as part of my protocol? only if I talk to people in those groups about SolSeed?
  • Eric: to me, the Topical Community Protocols stand for the work we do that is SolSeed work ... if you're working toward goals in line with SolSeed values, like fighting global warming, and reporting on your work, then that counts as SolSeed work
  • Brandon: I see a place for two different purposes for the Topical Community Protocols: getting to know a kindred community and building connections to it, or doing the work of SolSeed in the world, e.g. my work with the Awakening Science Foundation (which I don't count as part of my Topical Community Protocol because I wouldn't feel comfortable inviting ASF to Kindred events)
  • Eric: None of the groups I've put in my Topical Community Protocol would be groups I'd invite to a Kindred Festival, but I thought there was a chance in each group to meet one person who might be kindred
    • Brandon: I really resonate with the idea of meeting potentially kindred individuals within these groups and finding out what makes them tick

OnePagePlan

Agenda

  • Where do we want to be in 20 yrs? In 10 yrs? In 5 yrs?
    • Boil down these goals into short evocative statements with substantial elaboration behind them
  • Read through values, beliefs etc of the OnePagePlan
  • What are the projects that we want to do soon?
  • What are the first 3-4 projects?

Phases

  • Full suite of practices
    • Shared understanding of what a practice is
    • Have: Daily individual mindfulness practice (meditation), Work bees, Small Group "Service" Discussions, Seasonal Celebrations,
    • Missing: compassion (for weak, for earth), simplicity, digging in the soil, making things that bring life (SpaceHacking, DIY ecology, robots, kites and balloons that map things, etc), Congregational Size "Being Together" Meetings, ecological sacrifice (celebration and support, space in our lives),

kindred festivals

    • For Discussion: Tithing, Sabbath
  • 1 city node: Portland, Seattle, or Ottawa
    • At least 4 contributing members in one of our founding locations
    • At least once weekly face-to-face meetings
  • Big Family: (like 20 participating members)
    • Establish process to make business meetings work well at that size (consensus, nonviolent communication?)
      • Or just have small local work bees and keep the 4-person "cross-pollinating" work bee calls?
      • We don't know whether we'll grow beyond the current 3 localities
  • 3 city nodes: Portland, Seattle, Ottawa, and/or Somewhere else.
    • At least 3 people in each node
    • At least once weekly face-to-face meeting at each node
    • One delegate from each city attends the weekly international work bee calls
  • 1 Rooted in-person Annual Kindred Festival
    • Has momentum (more than just one year)
    • Has at least three contributing tribes (those that are expected to show up each year)
  • Our Kindred Festival is as vibrant as burning man was in 2012
    • As many people attending
    • As much creative work on display
    • At least 12 tribes
  • Our Kindred Festival is as popular as Oregon Country Faire was in 2012
    • As many tourists
  • Established organization
    • SolSeed has legal status as a church, nonprofit, and/or (non-sole-proprietorship) business
    • This organization does work related to our values and vision
  • Deep and Wide Funnel of Engagement
    • 20,000+ Facebook Fans
    • 200+ Members by Declaration
    • 20+ Contributing Members
  • Rich Canon
    • SolSeedCreed is fully commented (at least once) and illustrated (at least once)
    • Two New Testament Gospels are complete
    • We've identified our spiritual ancestors and our past and present teachers, and are deeply plugged into our entire narrative (past, present, and future)
  • Significant media presence
    • At least 1000 copies of the book sold or donated to individuals or libraries
    • At least one video with over 200,000 views on YouTube
    • An interview or two per year with a local news outlet
  • 1 Physical community
    • At least 5 SolSeed members are living together (as in, within a city block)
      • Because they're all SolSeed members (though they may have family members who aren't), they have shared spiritual practice and shared goals
    • Eco-village practices (e.g. sharing rarely-used items and some meals) are commonplace
  • 3 Physical communities
    • At least 5 SolSeed members are living together (as in, within a city block) in each of the 3 communities
      • Because they're all SolSeed members (though they may have family members who aren't), they have shared spiritual practice and shared goals
    • Eco-village practices (e.g. sharing rarely-used items and some meals) are commonplace
  • SolSeed is Branching
    • SolSeed has subgroups working on at least 5 different aspects of our goals almost full time. One group might be organizing celebrations while another works on CELSS's, etc... The groups may have overlapping membership but members feel good focusing their work in just one of the areas.
  • Full intentional society
    • population of at least 2,000
    • a SolSeed community (even if some skilled members of the population aren't)
  • Significant presence in space
    • At least one small satellite built by SolSeed members is in orbit
    • Alternatively, one instrument on someone else's satellite or probe
  • Manned presence in space
    • At least one SolSeed member has visited Earth orbit
    • The trip has a purpose related to a SolSeed goal, e.g. ecology experiments or testing technologies for future space colonies
  • Life on the Moon
    • The SolSeed Movement succeeds in putting a living ecosystem on the Moon (probably a small one like the shrimp-jar biospheres)
  • Life on a near-Earth asteroid
    • The SolSeed Movement succeeds in putting a living ecosystem on a near-Earth asteroid (probably a small one like the shrimp-jar biospheres)
  • SolSeed is Bringing Life to the Galaxy
    • We have a program for establishing colonies on other worlds
  • SolSeed has Trees
    • We have greenhouses and are experimenting with breeding trees for extreme climates.
  • SolSeed has Extreme Trees
    • We have bred trees that can live in extreme climates and are experimenting with growing them in those climates
  • SolSeed has a Dyson Tree Lab
    • We have a greenhouse capable of controlling pressure and temperature down to vacuum and 30 K and are using it to breed trees gradually toward being able to survive those conditions.
  • SolSeed has Dyson Trees
    • We are launching Dyson Tree seeds into the Oort Cloud.

Evaluation

  • Eric: I can't get enough of these calls ... I want it to be longer
  • Brandon: I'd like to be a little more focused on getting something done in the here and now, and making at least a bit of progress every week
  • Ben: feeling impatient for a different reason than Brandon ... we are falling behind on the less concrete but important job of creating one page plan. Need to get the short term aspect of OPP done. Other than tha the call is good
  • Consider order and overlap of projects first and ask (how long is it going to take?)
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