January 5, 2014: Online Work Bee

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Contents

Agenda

  • Good News/Check In
  • Review WWWs
  • Weekly Events Logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • Kindred
  • Newsletter
  • Second Liturgical Season
  • Evaluation

Good News

  • Brandon ... both boys are napping, and Shelley is working a lot for the next seven days
  • Ben ... I finally established an emergency water supply today and I visited Ottawa in the Bing maps preview app and that was fun.
  • Patrick ... geared up and ready to go back to University tomorrow
  • Keith ... gonna be really cold over the next couple of days ... portfolio is exposed to the price of natural gas ... should work out well for me
  • Eric ... Michelle is recovering from hurting her back last week

WWWs from last time

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... revise the newsletter ... by next call
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... check in with Keith about next business call ... by today
  • Brandon ... go over wwws from past calls and ensure they are up to date ... by next call
  • Brandon ... email Bernie ... by next week
  • Brandon ... send photos to Ben ... by today
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... write another day for the book of days ... by next week
  • Keith ... Write an invitation to TK, CELSS guy [supportive of life via technology, sciences, and/or community ... by next week - I did it but i can't find the file - short version is I introduced idea and asked for help spreading the message far and wide via Terry's Facebook and other extensive contact lists of likeminded folks

WWWs

  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... think about values we want the venue for Kindred to express ... by next call
  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... think about values we want the venue for Kindred to express ... by next call
  • Ben ... add pictures and send out the newsletter ... by next call
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... send photos to Ben ... by today
  • Brandon ... check with Shelley that she is available for service next week ... by today
  • Brandon ... think about values we want the venue for Kindred to express ... by next call
  • Brandon ... Check with Andrew at Windward to find out:
    • their capacity
    • water and toilets
    • closest non-camping lodging to Windward
    • how to create indoor meeting spaces at Windward (e.g., pavilions, hank's domes etc)?
  • Brandon ... review Conflatorium ... dry run the interactions ... by next call
  • Keith ... think about values we want the venue for Kindred to express ... by next call
  • Patrick ... think about values we want the venue for Kindred to express ... by next call

Weekly Events Logistics

Service rotation: Eric, Shelley, Brandon, Ben

  • January 11 Service: 9:00 am PDT (12:00 EDT) (Shelley)
  • January 12 Work-Bee: 1:30 pm PDT (16:30 EDT)

Kindred 2014/15

Go/no go

  • Ben ... go
  • Eric ... go
  • Keith ... go
  • Brandon ... go

Next Steps

  • Start an invitation
  • Invite co-convener to help develop/complete the invitation
  • Start caring for logistics (reserving the event site, etc)
  • Start sending the invitation widely

Invitation

You are reading this Invitation because someone wants to see you at Kindred 2014. Kindred is a festival/un-conference of, for, and by folks who embrace science, cherish the Earth, and seek to grow life's exuberant presence on Earth and beyond. If you love science, or are into religious naturalism, environmentalism, and/or space sciences, you'll find your tribe well represented at the event. We want to build connections between these communities because they share a set of deep values; the intersection of science and ethics; and hope for a bright future.

We are holding this festival because we want to give you the opportunity to make connections with tribes whose visions inspire you. We will share in Burning-Man-esque spectacles, make art, have fun, do good work … and then go home more connected, more energized and more capable of building a verdant earth and solar system. Bring your friends and join a good party that's growing even better! To learn more, visit the Main Page, and be sure to add yourself to the participants section if you're coming.

When:

(See the Calendar and Schedule for the latest details)

  • Day 0, Friday June 20, 2014 (Arrive ... social in the afternoon for people arriving early. TBD)
  • Day 1, Saturday June 21, 2014 9:00-5:30 (social options in the evening, including Summer Solstice celebrations)
  • Day 2, Sunday June 22, 2014 9:00-6:00 (social options in the evening)
  • Day 3, Monday June 23, 2014 9:30-1:00 (half day, travel home after)

Where:

Somewhere in Oregon or Washington (Windward, Whidbey Institute, Campground (cape lookout, etc))

Format:

Read AboutOpenSpace and AboutTheFestival. In essence the structure of the event will be freeform, with Open Space sessions scheduled by the participants after they arrive, as well as periods when people are free to wander among the booths of participating groups and talk with their representatives. There will be an opening circle to welcome everyone and explain the “rules” of Open Space, and a closing circle to find out what you got out of the event. To create a festive atmosphere, we'll have games, music, and art projects that anyone can participate in.

Sponsors:

Big props to the people and organizations that have chipped in extra to make this event happen.

  • The SolSeed Movement
  • The Living Universe Foundation (LUF)
  • [add more here]

Newsletter

Brandon thinks we should try to tweak things like the email subject in order to get more people to open it.

  • Eric: Put something from inside the newsletter in the subject line
    • Gaia's Heartbeat takes us into the new year
    • SolSeed Sponsors Children
    • Gaia's Heartbeat Set to Music and other delights of Autumn 2013
    • Green fire spreads across the "galaxy"

Title

Gaia's Heartbeat Set to Music and other delights of Autumn 2013

Content

More about "Gaia's Heartbeat" in a minute. First, we'd like to express our deep gratitude to all of you, friends and readers, for sticking with us through the SolSeed Movement's formative years. All of your ideas, energy, and attention are greatly appreciated. You've helped keep us going through thick and thin.

Now things are about to get a lot more interesting, because this past season the SolSeed Movement established a formal system for managing our finances and funding official SolSeed projects. Using a "virtual SolSeed account" made up of money each of the four active members has set aside, we're now able to propose and approve project budgets (through consensus of the active members) and track how that spending affects the "total SolSeed budget." Here are two such projects:

Months ago, I discovered a charity called Children International that offers something we had sought and failed to find during the first SolSeed venture into charitable giving: a pen-pal system that would let us actually get to know the people receiving our aid. In November, we finally got around to sponsoring three impoverished children through their program, in Ecuador, India, and Colombia. As a Canadian, Eric was unable to sign up for this program, but he found a similar one offered by Plan Canada and sponsored a child in Niger. We look forward to years of exciting intercultural exchange as we help these four children along their journey to adulthood.

I'm finally getting started on a new music video for "The Seed." While I work on that, Brandon has launched another music video project in collaboration with John Boswell, called "Gaia's Heartbeat." This time, having finished composing the music based on our lyrics as he did for "The Seed," he will also produce the video itself. We did some research on video clips he can use, mainly time lapses of the motions of clouds, tides, growing and falling leaves, and global snow cover. These videos speed up Gaia's slow rhythms to human scale in order to evoke breathing and heartbeats. Our goal is to tap into our natural ability to anthropomorphize in order to create visceral, overwhelming, transformative empathy for Mother Earth as a living being. We believe people's actions will only fully honor the needs of Mother Earth when she is as real and immediate to us as our friends and loved ones.

Although we didn't do a formal funding proposal for it, the latest SolSeed Winter Solstice celebration did have an exciting new twist: we invited two teachers from a company called Music Together to lead us in a series of sing-alongs, including dancing and instruments such as drums and "jingle bells" that everyone could play. In the middle of this, we added a ritual in which we turned out the lights, blew out some candles held by the participants, and then "ignited the new year" using one of the brand-new clay galaxy plates we made for our last liturgical season, Viventibus Galaxia. The galactic arms are sprinkled with boric acid and can be filled with alcohol, which burns green to represent life spreading across the galaxy.

At the end of every SolSeed service, the leader offers a blessing: "May your week be filled with life and love." As we enter 2014, we hope that each of you will have a year filled with life and love. And stay tuned for more exciting SolSeed projects!

Second Liturgical Season

Conflatorium

  • Ben: I'm not ready to commit to buying an aquarium
  • Ben: Move our hands over the Sol candle instead of lighting a match?
  • Brandon: Light a match, blow it out, and smell the smoke?

Evaluation

  • Brandon ... a little long, but I'm not sure how to work through things like Kindred without taking this kind of time ... I'm happy with where we ended up
  • Keith ... ran a little long, a little concerned that we've commited to a date that is a little aggressive (late June) to pull this thing together
  • Ben ... I thought it was good progess but occasionaly felt a little scattered but it seems like we are going places.
  • Eric ... I always enjoy writing with you guys ... I don't contribute all that much, but just watching the process is really enjoyable ... thanks
  • Patrick ... Felt a bit of an outsider and didn't exactly know what was going on.
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