May 17, 2015: Business Call

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Contents

Sunday Agenda

  • Check in
  • Opening Blessing
  • Review WWWs
  • Daily Practice/Metrics
  • Weekly event logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • Shiny Green Tribal Convergence
    • Spectacle
    • Co-conveners
  • Summer Solstice
  • Eric's Robot Project
  • Evaluation
  • Closing Blessing

Check In

  • Eric … my car share just got two cargo vans - yay!! (will be cheap to move heavy stuff like renovation materials) … also I found out I can take robotics courses part-time at Algonquin
  • Ben … I`m feeling a bit sick. Not enough to miss work or anything but it kind of makes it hard to motivate myself. Did manage to get through my graphics homework; well, almost all of it.

Opening Blessing

We come here to awaken from the dream of the modern world, a dream of separation and consumption in which we must live in order to feed, clothe, and house ourselves. We awaken to the knowledge that there are higher purposes for our lives, and to work with each other in a direction that points toward those purposes. May our work together bring life. -- 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 ... 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

WWWs

  • 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 ... Talk to Elie about the SGTC … by next call
  • Brandon … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Eric … meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric … follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing

Daily Practice (from Sunday to Sunday)

2015-05-10 to 2015-05-16: 20+25+0=45 checkmarks

Metrics (from Sunday to Sunday)

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

Weekly Events Logistics

Weekend

Service rotation: Eric, Shelley, Brandon, Ben
  • May 23 Service: 8:00 AM PDT, 11:00 EDT (Eric)
  • May 24 Work-Bee: 5:30 PM PST, 20:30 EST (Happy Birthday to Eric)

Midweek

  • May 21 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

Eric will be going to Jambala to see Michelle perform at some point during the event … not sure when yet, but it might work to have others attend as well

  • The style of dance for Jambala is called "Tribal Fusion" … maybe we should use that phrase! :)

Spectacle

Ben has been to 3 science museums that have an exhibit called Science on a Sphere; a sphere suspended from the ceiling with four projectors projecting presentations on it. We have one projector and could maybe get someone like Bob Sanders who likes to make things to make a hemispherical screen, and we could project distorted images onto the hemisphere that would then become undistorted by the counter distortion of the sphere. We could show things like Earth's bioregions and Earth in visible and infrared light and maybe Mars

  • Eric: and maybe Pluto because the New Horizons images will be brand new at that point. And maybe Ceres because the Dawn images are still pretty new.
  • Ben did the math for equirectangular maps

Co-conveners

  • Eric: Our criteria revolve around us, which isn't very attractive for other groups … it would be better to focus on a theme that we share
    • Ben: But I think we need to invite people who know and trust us enough to be able to run an event that would be at all useful to them
      • Eric: That's a very small potential audience
      • Ben: Then maybe we do need to spend more time building our networks before we hold this event … Brandon apparently focused too much on being able to get the people he met at Pantheacon to be co-conveners
  • Eric: If we just had a "naturalistic religion" event, that would be more likely to attract John Halstead and Mark Green
    • Ben: And then if they commit, we might get Michael Dowd
      • Eric: Only if we also include environmentalism as a theme … which would probably work well

Summer Solstice

  • Eric will presumably do the triathlon
    • Wants to change the location, which involves a lot of running/biking on roads
    • Not really that excited about announcing it on Meetup, which generally doesn't work
    • Will maybe just do it with Michelle and Patrick at the cottage
  • Ben should talk with the Sanders about throwing one together in Oregon

Eric's robot project

Robot designed to climb trees

  • Could harvest fruit and nuts
  • Could help develop agriculture that harmonizes with the local ecosystem by grafting fruit and nut tree branches onto more common trees near Ottawa
    • Focus on the top branches because fruit usually doesn't ripen anywhere else in that climate
  • Start with a remote control, then work toward making it AI-driven

Evaluation

  • Ben … This was fun. Its always a little bit frustrating when we have to go and talk to someone who is missing from the call after the call instead of during but that is life.
  • Eric … It was good to spend some time with you … it may not have felt all that productive, but it's still good to let our elephants play together

Closing Blessing

We came here to do the work -- the work of aligning our words and actions with our highest aspirations. One of our highest aspirations is to live in community with each other. So just by coming together, we have aligned our words and actions with our highest aspirations. May the communal link we've built with each other bear the fruit of a new way of living in the fullness of time. -- Blessed Be

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