June 10, 2012: Online Work Bee

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Contents

Agenda

  • Check In
  • Review WWWs
  • Review Agenda
  • Next Calls' Logistics
  • Summer Solstice trip
    • Camping gear
    • Triathlon
    • Solstice ceremony
  • Drip Emails (SolSeedProtocol)
  • Village
  • Evaluation

Items for future meetings

Check In

  • Eric ... feeling overwhelmed ... 9 days until I leave
  • Ben ... still sick but gradually feeling better ... may need to see doctor

WWWs from last time

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben ... order numbers and grease pencils for the triathlon ... by next call
  • Ben ... update the wiki to mention Saturday afternoon ... by next call
  • Ben ... follow up with Gus, my parents, and Ursula ... by next call
  • Ben ... consider 100yss ... by next call
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... order tee shirts (Shelley gets to choose) ... by next call
  • Brandon ... go back to Vancouver Lake to scout for a bike route ... by next call
  • Brandon ... invite Craigan/Carrie and Ted/Celeste ... by today
  • Brandon ... ask modeler to make model for brass marbles for event (make the sun bigger) ... by next week
  • Brandon ... invite patti ann rodgers ... by today
  • Brandon ... update the meetup group invitation
  • Brandon ... consider 100yss ... by next call
  • Brandon ... outline the 12 drip emails ... by next call
  • Shelley ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... plan food with Brandon for triathlon ... by next call
  • Shelley ... plan food with Brandon for retreat (alternatives to spicy food) (no raw peppers) ... by next call
  • Shelley ... invite Brooke and Tim to triathlon ... by today
  • Shelley ... contact Heather about the full day Saturday at the retreat
  • Shelley ... follow up with Lori, Mickki, Krista ... by today
  • Shelley ... consider 100yss ... by next call
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... awards for participation ... by next week (looked at prices)
  • Eric ... invite Michael Dowd ... by tonight
  • Eric ... follow up with Greta ... by next call
  • Eric ... consider 100yss ... by next call

WWWs

  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Ben ... 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
  • Brandon ... confirm that we have drums for the Solstice ceremony ... by next call
  • Brandon ... send out copies of The Righteous Mind to everyone we have addresses for ... by next call
  • Shelley ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Shelley ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon and Shelley ... buy the food and food-related supplies for the Solstice events ... by June 19
  • Brandon and Shelley ... make sure we have stall markers, flour, cones, and trash bags/cans for the triathlon ... by June 19
  • Brandon and Shelley ... inform invitees to the triathlon about the potluck if you haven't already ... by next call
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this week ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... order the awards for participation ... by tonight
  • Eric ... prepare and email us a presentation to explain the triathlon symbolism ... by Wednesday

Weekly Events Logistics

Service Saturday June 16, 9am PDT, (Brandon)
Rotation: Brandon, Eric, Jerry?, Shelley, Ben
Work-Bee: Sunday June 17, 1:30pm PDT
In-person Portland service June 16, 3pm with the Vliets
In-person Ottawa service --Cancelled this week

Solstice

Ben is arriving on the evening of Saturday the 16th

Camping gear

  • Ben can borrow a small tent and ground pad from his parents and has a sleeping bag
  • Eric can bring all the gear he needs (tent, sleeping bag, etc)
    • Could also bring cooking gear, but we don't really need it and the airline might charge extra for it
    • Sandcastle forms?
    • Jacket with a mesh hood in case of mosquitos

Next steps

Triathlon

  • Order T-shirts
  • Numbers to wear
  • Numbers for bikes
  • Grease pencils for numbers on legs
  • Stall markers (perhaps plastic flag tape stuff)
  • Flour markers (to mark the route)
  • Map of the route (scouted)
  • Fondue fixins
    • Fondue pots (4-6)
    • Skewers (need barbed skewers)
    • Chocolate to melt (fondue chocolate ... just milk chocolate, chocolate chips ... huge bags)
    • Blueberries, strawberries, grapes, jube jubes?, apples (turn brown quickly), chopped pears
    • Fruit, etc to dip
    • Plates
    • Cups
    • Napkins
    • Trash bags/cans
    • Mac and Cheese
  • Invite people to bring potluck (maybe already done?)
  • Awards (ribbons for everyone with medals on them) (this week)
  • Explanation of the stages (why swim, run, bike) (this week)
  • Support staff? (Ben can direct people etc, Eric can be an informal lifeguard)
  • Cones

Retreat

  • Food
    • Menus
    • Plates, cups, napkins, tableware
    • Shopping
  • Make sure everyone has tents
  • Solstice ceremony
    • Brass sun object
    • Firewood
    • Tongs or other mechanism to manipulate the brass sun object? (probably unnecessary)
    • Drums (already done?)
    • Bucket with spray hose or watering can (discuss on next call)
    • Test run for safety
  • Make sure we're prepared to facilitate the Open Space
    • Paper and pens for agenda

Drip Emails

Once a week for 12 weeks send a picture and very short email with a few links if people want to go deeper

Brandon's list, with comments

Week 1: The Upward Spiral ... concepts from Paul's movie

Week 2: The Divided Mind (Elephant and Rider) ... concepts from Jonathan's book, The Happiness Hypothesis

Week 3: The Body of all Life ... Gaia theory?

Week 4: Passion ... Happy in the Sun (Elephant + Rider)

Week 5: Life has invested in us ... probably about how the harm we've done to the biosphere is an "investment" that we need to pay back with interest by doing something good that outweighs the harm ... concepts from our book: Life ... it's our epic story!#Life has invested in us

Week 6: Empathy is transcendant ... material from Jonathan's other book, The Righteous Mind

Week 7: TheDestiny ... our ultimate long-term goals as a religion ... does it make sense to put this earlier, so people interested in space don't get impatient and those who are dubious find out earlier that this isn't for them?

Week 8: Perspective (skinbag, life itself) ... Buddhist concepts?

Week 9: Precious and Worthy ... one email is unlikely to be enough to convince people who think humans aren't worthy

Week 10: Wisdom ... Habit and Instinct ... Regular Practice ... maybe also talk about balancing reason and emotion (i.e. more Elephant and Rider)?

Week 11: The Critical Role of Religion ... need to define religion more broadly (and more specifically?) than usual

Week 12: More or Less Alive ... Bring Life ... good general topic to wrap things up

Other ideas

  • Environmentalism is a losing battle ... we can only prevent destruction ... unless we go out to other worlds to create new wilderness
  • Science as a worldview ... what is a science-based religion anyway?
  • Intentional communities ... a better life on Earth and practice for living in space
  • Projects? - Practical steps toward the destiny - dyson tree breeding programs - starships. (or maybe things a bit more near-term :-)

General comments

  • Ben ... it's a good first draft but could use some revision
  • Eric ... it's better than a first draft ... nearly there, but needs some tweaks

Evaluation

  • Ben ... difficult to make progress re Portland/Oregon related stuff without Portland people. But still felt productive
  • Eric ... would have been nice to have the Sanders here, I love to hear their voices ... but was nice to work with Ben and get to know him better
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