May 10, 2015: Business Call

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Contents

Sunday Agenda

  • Check in
  • Opening Blessing
  • Review WWWs
  • Daily Practice/Metrics
  • Weekly event logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • Summer Solstice
  • Shiny Green Tribal Convergence
  • Evaluation
  • Closing Blessing

Check In

  • Ben … Yawning too much, but making good progress on my novel, and I got some signatures yesterday.
  • Eric … I’m very distracted tonight … I’m feeling down … I think it might be because I feel bad about not doing anything for Mother’s Day for Michelle or my Mum … largely that was because I went to my church in the hopes that somebody who’d signed up for Uniting with Unitarians would show up, but they didn’t … so I cheated Michelle out of Mother’s Day for nothing :-(
  • Brandon … hot and sweaty due to digging up bamboo roots
  • Patrick … hurt his leg yesterday trampolining

Opening Blessing

We come here today feeling tired, feeling optimistic, feeling down. And regardless of how we're feeling, we do the work. May we be here for each other, may we be who we aspire to be. -- Blessed Be

WW(W)s from last time

Organize the WWWs by person and then due date. We’ll start checking in on topical community protocol and meditation for each mini-period between workbees. Holacracy founder Brian Robertson says these are bad: http://holacracy.org/blog/the-insanity-of-the-what-by-when

  • Brandon … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... hold a ritual at the Arboretum shrine … by next Sunday
  • Brandon … post the Arboretum workbee meetup … by today
  • Eric … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Ben … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Ben … talk with my parents about getting to the Arboretum by 8:15 AM … by tomorrow
  • Ben … add a Meetup and Facebook event for watching Planetary, starting at 8 PM Saturday … by tomorrow
  • Ben … pack my laptop and projector … by Thursday

WWWs

  • Brandon … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... reply to the SpaceWiki query (invite them to participate) … by next Thursday
  • Brandon ... move over spacewiki to the wiki.wiki platform … by next Sunday
  • Brandon … ping Steve Wolfe again about SGTC … by Monday
  • Brandon … reply to John Halstead about SGTC … by Monday
  • Eric … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Ben … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Ben … invite Hank and Gus to the Summer Solstice trip … by Thursday
  • Ben: Think about what cool "spectacle" we could do that might attract people to the SGTC … by next call
  • Ben: Talk to Elie about the SGTC … by next call

Daily Practice (from Sunday to Sunday)

2015-04-03 to 2015-04-09: 2+18+21 =41 checkmarks

Metrics (from Sunday to Sunday)

0 … articles published (blog, etc)
0 … net signups to the newsletter for the week (108 total)
2 … conversants from signup (people we are talking or emailing with)
8 … articles added to Gaia.wiki
17 … sessions on Gaia.wiki other than us
77 … sessions on Spacewiki.com
152 … sessions on SolSeed.org (including Portland meetup) … 134 others are probably spam
2+1+1 = 4 … topical community touches
41 … daily practice checkmarks for the week

Weekly Events Logistics

Weekend

Service rotation: Eric, Shelley, Brandon, Ben
  • May 16 Service: 10:00 AM PDT, 13:00 EDT (Ben) Eric doing make another maple in May; probably on phone only again
  • May 17 Work-Bee: 5:30 PM PST, 20:30 EST

Midweek

  • May 14 Work-Bee: 6:30 PM PST, 21:30 EST

Summer Solstice

What time to leave Portland June 20th?

  • 10 or 11 AM
  • This means Ben needs to get down there on Friday night

Who?

  • Ben has invited his entire immediate family, and would like to invite Hank and Gus
  • Brandon suggests posting it on the Meetup

Shiny Green Tribal Convergence

Brandon is concerned that he's been getting fairly lukewarm responses from potential co-conveners

  • Brandon: John Halstead may not invite his people or even come himself
  • Brandon: Talked to Rewild Portland … didn’t get much excitement from WL
  • Ben: we've never done this event and most people aren't familiar with us … expecting people to be really excited is unrealistic
  • Brandon: Steve Wolfe has been lukewarm as well … need to contact him again
  • Brandon: WL was concerned about the term "tribal" being offensive to indigenous people
    • Brandon: "Kindred Quest" is a name a concert series was using
    • Ben: simple solution is to just call it the "Shiny Green Convergence"
    • Eric: Shiny Green Kindred Convergence?

Pitch ideas

  • Ben: A gathering of people from close-knit groups (communities?) united by shared visions of a bright future.
  • Eric: We could use a particular question to hone in on the problem; we could take something from the Pagan Community Statement on the Environment;
    • Ben: "Are humans and our technology part of Nature (the natural web of life)?"

Theme

  • What story do you aspire to live? (then unpack it)
    • Ben: Do we want to add something that points at "tribes," e.g. "and who do you want to live it with?"
      • Brandon: That might be too many shock levels … many people aren't familiar with the idea that they are living a story that frames everything, or that there's a dominant story
    • Eric: I was lukewarm before I heard the argument about how many shock levels … I’ve heard from so many different quarters that we need to live a different story (Ishmael, Pagan Statement on the Environment, I’m Sorry Video, etc). There is this new story that we want to tell. How do we get people to not just write/read a book and then walk away? How do we get us to take up the torch rather than just paying lip service.
  • We reject the consumption story that says we are all separate, broken, and in need of redemption. What is the story we want to live into instead?
  • Our story tells us who we are and what we should aspire to. The dominant consumption story says we are separate and broken. What does a generative story that says we are connected look like?
  • In these times, when natural systems seem to be going steeply downhill because of our society's dominant story of endless growth in a human economy somehow separate from nature, how can we tell a new story that leads to a bright future for all life?
  • How can we retell the story that defines our culture so that individuals see themselves as a functioning part of Earth’s biosphere? Can we retell the story such that humanity sees itself a species acting within the biosphere when we build cities, grow crops and even launch rockets?”

Opportunity cost

  • Brandon is concerned that this may not be the best place to spend our resources right now … as opposed to things with much lower cost, like Ben working on his novel
  • Ben points out that we can lower the opportunity cost without needing to flip-flop on this again, by paring down to a 1-day prototype event or something along those lines.
  • Eric can't contribute much money
    • Brandon was thinking more of the time and effort
  • Brandon suggests an alternative of just doing our typical kind of Open Space event with new branding, to see if people are more interested in participating in our thing rather than having the added cost of making it their thing too

Next steps

  • Brandon: Chat with John about a theme
  • Brandon: Think about a different name and way of telling our story that might be more attractive
  • Ben: Think about what cool "spectacle" we could do that might attract people to the event
  • Ben: Talk to Elie about the event

John Halstead points out https://www.academia.edu/11900567/Escaping_Earth_Human_Spaceflight_as_Religion

Evaluation

  • Eric: I am feeling a lot of uncertainty and … I would love to have Kindred be something that sparks this year and grows forth … And I don’t feel like I’m making that happen, I’m just wishing for it … I can understand how you who are trying to make that happen and not necessarily having success might not want to do that … there is a lot to think about
  • Ben: I was thinking we were leaning toward having the new name being a religion and now I have a whole lot to think about
  • Brandon: I feel kind of unsure but I don’t want to flip flop again; I want to find a way to make August a successful event for us even if it isn’t super Kindredy.

Closing Blessing

We close this circle having considered deeply our commitment to the future that we aspire to be a part of. The commitment has only been strengthened by the doubt and questions that we have asked. And although the path is unclear, we know that as brothers working together, we will walk it! --Blessed Be

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