July 8, 2012: Online Work Bee

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Contents

Agenda

  • Check In
  • Review WWWs
  • Review Agenda
  • Weekly Events Logistics
  • OnePagePlan ... planning the next quarter
  • Evaluation

Check In

  • Eric ... feeling really relaxed after holiday, but also really hot and sleepy
  • Ben ... also kind of sluggish, heat? or other stuff?
  • Shelley ... fine, have some pain I would like to get rid of, trying to go into it instead of away from it. And, Roomba's battery is charged and he's downstairs working (happy)
  • Brandon ... I have blisters on my hand from windsurfing, did dozens of jibes yesterday
  • Sequoia ... trying to take his second nap of the day ... happily singing a song in Spanish

WWWs from last time

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... spend 30 minutes on the book ... by next call
  • Ben ... upload photos from the Solstice ... by next call
  • Brandon... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... review Ben's paper ... by tonight
  • Shelley ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon and Shelley ... decide about the plan for 100yss ... by next call
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing

WWWs

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... draft a 2nd-quarter report ... by next call
  • 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
  • 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
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... post thoughts on the Religious Method from the email I sent ... by next call

Weekly Events Logistics

Service Saturday July 14, 9am PDT, (Brandon)
Rotation: Brandon, Eric, Jerry?, Shelley, Ben
Work-Bee Sunday July 15, 1:30 PDT
In-person Portland service July 14, 10:30am PDT at Seed Village
In-person Ottawa service -- Cancelled permanently; trying Seeing Nature Excursions instead

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?"

Where do you want us to be in 20 yrs?

  • Ben ... in 20 yrs I want us to have built an institution that perpetuates our goals, (whether it's an ecovillage or a company, etc), particular the unique aspect of being interested in Life both on Earth and in space
  • Eric ... in 20 yrs I would like to have a climate-controlled greenhouse project in the North growing trees that we've bred that are able to withstand really harsh environments, and making money to support itself by growing food for people in the North. The third thing it would be doing is Biosphere 2 type closed-ecosystem-life-support testing. And we would have a network of groups across the continent (maybe around the world) who are inspired by this work and who are supporting it.
  • Shelley ... we should be living in communities, and we should have a really solid spiritual or religious practice that makes it inconceivable to the group that it would ever splinter or fall apart (this is the direction of their whole life) ... the communities could be doing various projects like biospheres, organic gardening, etc, but in any case the work is grounded in a larger spiritual context/vision
  • Brandon ... in 20 yrs I'd like to see a second generation of SolSeed contributors, meaning children of members who joined, who found the practice meaningful and voluntarily continued their involvement as they became adults ... I would like to see the Kindred network being very much aware of itself and having a wide onramp in society, specifically at least 3 strong intentional societies, one of which is SolSeed, and several other fledglings, all of which meet in person once a year for a big celebration, and communicate regularly online and through an exchange program ... these societies would be characterized by people who have shining eyes when they talk about their life's work and who have found the support they need to pursue that life's work

Where do you want us to be in 10 yrs?

  • Eric ... I would like to see us have the network of groups already in place, even if they aren't maybe big enough yet to support the greenhouse project, but they are working toward helping us ... they will be working toward greening their own communities, building ecovillages, building green cities
  • Shelley ... in 10 years there are two nodes of communities that may or may not be living together, but have a shared spiritual practice and shared goals
  • Ben ... Critical mass of people who are ready to start building at least one organized institution, as described in my 20-years statement, whether they are in the same place or not; a lot of them would probably have to be, but virtual technology may allow multi-location groups to be more powerful.
  • Brandon ... what you all said, plus we're strong: we have momentum that we can point to in terms of committed members, religious traditions that give shape and meaning to our lives, and we've collected and are nurturing several other groups as they are building the same for themselves ... we've identified our spiritual ancestors and our past and present teachers, and are deeply plugged into our entire narrative (past, present, and future)

Where do you want us to be in 5 yrs?

  • Ben ... in 5 yrs I would like us to 10 members that are actively working on things, and some degree of people in the relevant topical communities knowing about us ... i.e. we've joined the communities that are working in the general directions we're working.
  • Eric ... in 5 years I would like us to have 50 contributing members and many more members that are on and off taking part in thing. Like Ben said, I'd like us to have made alliances with other groups that have similar goals and I would see them being environmental groups a lot of times (in addition to space groups).
  • Shelley ... One community as described above
  • Brandon ... I'd like us to be almost entirely about practice (digging in the soil, building things, having celebrations etc) rather than ideation (figuring out who we are and where we're going), whatever size we are

Draft 2012 3rd Quarter Goals, due 9/30/2012

  • Book
    • Yellow:
      • Brandon ... 6 good hours
      • Ben ... 6.5 good hours (breaks down to .5 hrs/week)
    • Green:
      • Brandon ... 12 good hours
      • Shelley ... editing for 2 good hours
      • Ben ... 13 good hours (breaks down to 1 hr/week)
    • Super Green: Finish a draft of the book and get a hard copy
      • Brandon ... spend at least 1 hr every week of the quarter
      • Shelley ... editing for 4 good hours
      • Ben ... add an image for every chapter
  • One-Page Plan development
    • Yellow ... One page descriptions of the resource needs, outcomes and impact of at least four projects.
    • Green ... All 5s from Shelley, Eric, Ben, and Brandon on a plan that includes at least 20 years in its arc
    • Super Green ... we have a beautiful graphical presentation of the plan suitable for printing and prominently displaying in our living spaces

Maintenance

  • Spiritual Practice
    • Equinox
  • Workbees
  • Topical Communities
    • Space Elevator
    • Religious Method

Evaluation

  • Shelley ... I really liked our efforts at focus and I thought the 20 year exercise was good
  • Brandon ... I came home from windsurfing today partly because I look forward to these calls so much and I'm just really glad that we have them ... thank you guys
  • Ben ... I thought that we made good progress, but it did feel rushed. Maybe we should think about trying 90 minute calls again if the Sanders think that they can cope with it
  • Eric ... I think that we need to progress and that we shouldn't worry too much about how much progress we make each call because as long as we are moving in the right direction, we'll get there. We are an upward spiral, and the nature of exponential things is that they start out slow and they get going faster and faster as you find more allies.
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