July 22, 2012: Online Work Bee

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Contents

Agenda

  • Check In
  • Review WWWs
  • Review Agenda
  • Weekly Events Logistics
  • Newsletter
  • John's Kickstarter
  • OnePagePlan
  • Ben's new topical community
  • Evaluation

Items for future meetings

  • Equinox
  • Brandon's evangelism
  • Topical Communities
  • Space Elevator Conference
  • http://blog.SolSeed.org
  • Book
  • Village
  • Drip Emails

Check In

  • Shelley ... I have a baby on my lap!
  • Sequoia ... still singing 40 minutes into my nap
  • Brandon ... I'm crazy ... not used to spending this much "on-call" time with my family ... also finding it's taking me a long time to work on my homework
  • Ben ... feeling overwhelmed ... I now have four topical communities (other than SolSeed), and am thinking about adding a fifth ... last week I had three evenings when I had to go to meetings, next week the same

WWWs from time before last

  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... review Ben's paper ... by tonight

WWWs from last time

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... send the draft newsletter to the Sanders ... today
  • Ben ... find photos to add to the newsletter ... by next call (still needed one for YayLifeTri though)
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing (canceled an event)
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing

WWWs

  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... write up thoughts about the Religious Method (on existing wiki page) ... by next call
  • Brandon ... put in 2hrs on the book ... by next call
  • Brandon ... schedule the first 'seeing nature' Portland meetup event ... by next call
  • Brandon ... write SolSeedCreed stanza II commentary ... by next call
  • Brandon ... post SolSeedCreed stanza I commentary ... by next call
  • Brandon ... eventually do the math for the cost of the Solstice
  • Shelley ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... add photos to the newsletter and send it out ... today
  • Ben ... pledge $1000 and send suggested lyrics for a song about SolSeed ... by next call
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing

Weekly Events Logistics

Service Saturday July 28, 9am PDT, (Ben)
Rotation: Brandon, Eric, Jerry?, Shelley, Ben
Work-Bee Sunday July 29, 1:30 PDT
In-person service Saturday July 28, 10:30am at Vliets'
Ottawa Seeing Nature Excursion: Saturday July 28, 10am EDT with the local Naturalist Club

Newsletter

The shape of this past quarter consists of many smaller events leading up to our huge Summer Solstice event. The Summer Solstice was very exciting for all of us and we prepared for it all through the quarter.

The first event was on Earth Day (April 21st), when Brandon, Shelley, Sequoia, and I took a trip to visit Hank Burroughs, the leader of the topical community I've joined called West Coast Ecovillage/CELSS Planners. We learned a lot about him: for instance, in addition to his small-scale indoor food-growing experiments as a step toward building Closed Ecological Life-Support Systems, he also helps run a family woodworking company, and his wife is also a customer for the patented needlepoint frames they produce. After having lunch under the framework for a large geodesic dome in Hank's backyard, we met up with my parents to enjoy the Earth Day festivities at the Oregon Garden in our friend Gus's hometown of Silverton. Meanwhile, Hank decided to get more involved with the SolSeed Movement, signing up as a Member by Declaration and accepting an invitation to our Solstice unconference retreat.

In late May, Eric decided to try recruiting potential new SolSeed members through a new Meetup in his home city of Ottawa. He held three Starfarers' Gatherings, following the pattern of the Weekly Service Calls, exploring how new members react to different formats, verions and settings for the services. More recently, having been greatly inspired by Paul Krafel's movie The Upward Spiral and his book Seeing Nature, Eric has started taking trips to study living hillsides and watercourses around Ottawa. These Seeing Nature Excursions are currently working toward reforesting an old field by watering young seedlings during summer droughts.

The Solstice celebration itself actually included two back-to-back events: Sol 2012, a traditional three-day unconference retreat held at the same seaside location as Sol 2009, and YayLifeTri, a brand-new event for SolSeed, celebrating evolution through the metaphor of a mini-triathlon. Eric provided both the central question we chose for Sol 2012, "What is the religious equivalent of the Scientific Method?" and the idea for the triathlon, which has been a tradition in his family for several years.

Everyone brought a unique perspective to Sol 2012. Brandon started us off by asking how to judge a religion by its fruits, then took us through a discussion of various definitions of religion. I showed off my fledgling webcomic, Flight in a Cage, partly as a window into my concerns about the unintended consequences of large-scale human endeavors. Shelley encouraged us to imagine our dreams for the future. Hank shared his love of geodesic domes with us in two hands-on dome-building activities, as well as bringing us into a brainstorming session for a CELSS-themed computer game. Lion Kimbro encouraged us to reconnect with our desires, both for ourselves and for how other people behave. Paul and Alysia Krafel asked us to discuss personal spiritual experiences that lead to religiousness. Eric used his business-analytics skills to distill the concepts we discussed into a graphical outline for the first draft of a Religious Method.

YayLifeTri was a family event tailored to the small children who participated. After splashing through the shallows of Vancouver Lake as "sea creatures," we "evolved" into land-based runners and then "developed technology" by getting on our bikes, then finished off the event with lunch and chocolate fondue. Next year we hope to begin scaling up the triathlon into a big, public community event.

In all the excitement of planning these events, our big book project was somewhat neglected and had to be marked "red" on our One-Page Plan for the quarter. It will serve as one of only two major focus areas for the third quarter (as opposed to our usual four or five), with the other one being a reimagining of the One-Page Plan itself as a longer-term series of planned projects that frees us from the agony of trying and failing to work on everything at once. This, too, was Eric's idea. Thanks again, Eric! (If we can find five more people like him, then we can go back to working on more projects in parallel.)

John's Kickstarter

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1769715853/an-album-all-about-science-terra-lumina

  • Awakening Science Foundation hired John and Will to do the album
  • Should we pledge $1000 so they will make a song for SolSeed?
    • Send them the video so they can make a song for it?
    • Include Ben's suggestion for some of the lyrics?
      • And a description, e.g. "a song about cherishing life and helping it thrive, grow, and spread across the galaxy"
    • Producer credit: "The contributing members of the SolSeed Movement"

One Page Plan

Agenda

  • Where do we want to be in 20 yrs? In 10 yrs? In 5 yrs?
  • 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?
  • Consider order and overlap of projects first and ask (how long is it going to take?)

Core Values/Beliefs that we discussed this time

  • All life is precious. This is the root of our value system. Respecting and cherishing life is the reason for everything we do.
    • More possibilities are good? Life creates an upward spiral of possibility. This is one of the reasons we value life so much.
    • We ALL are precious SolSeed. SolSeed (which contains Gaia) is defined as "the body of all life on Earth," encompassing every human culture and belief system as well as all other species. This is a statement of belief in the Gaia hypothesis, at least as a valid metaphor. This connects particularly to the "Openness/welcoming differences" practice below.
      • Body of All Life, SolSeed/Gaia, and "ecosystem/biosphere" have very different visceral content ... having a name gives it a kind of personhood (with a name, it brings it to life ... not just a corpse)
      • The finger is the body (as it is expressed in that portion of itself), so saying "I am Life itself" is a valid and true way of looking at the world (though not the only one) ... further, there is power in that perspective ... it is a perspective that is inaccessible to most of the world
      • Elucidate with Captain Planet language, "By our powers combined"?
      • SolSeed is the most precious thing we know?
      • We all belong to the Body of All Life?

Evaluation

  • Ben ... feeling kind of resentful about you editing my work (even though I asked you to), but in the end I'm feeling okay about stuff.
  • Shelley ... the meeting was a little longer than I'd anticipated, and a little upsetting to think that we might change the creed, but if we're just changing the values statement I'm more okay with it.
  • Brandon ... having fun, and a little protective of my own words.
  • Eric ... a little startled to walk in the door and immediately be in this meeting, but good to get in touch with you guys again, especially after missing the service yesterday.
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