November 13, 2014: Online Work Bee

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Contents

Agenda

  • Check in
  • Review WWWs
  • Daily Practice/Metrics
  • Weekly event logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • Solstice (Meetup etc)
  • Outreach (next steps)
    • Interstellar
    • The Obligation
    • Pantheacon and other gatherings
    • Chats vs. Skype
    • Kindred Map
  • Evaluation

Next time

  • Bioneers report
  • Evaluating Holacracy
  • Kickstarter for High Frontier

Check-in (gratinews)

  • Ben … I don’t have to install adobe flash player right now … ohh, and CAT
  • Brandon … snow and cold but warm inside
  • Eric … I’m feeling better, since Remembrance Day I was feeling like I had a cold but it is gone already in record time … Phillae landing not once, not twice, but three times

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 ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon … write up Gaia’s heartbeat post for humanistic paganism
  • Brandon … start writing about “What will Earth’s children really look like?” … We are not children of Mother Earth
  • Brandon … figure out lodging in Goldendale
  • Brandon … work on the Winter Solstice event page on the wiki … by next Thursday
  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing

WWWs

  • Brandon ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon … finish a draft of “What will Earth’s children really look like?” … We are not children of Mother Earth
  • Brandon … work on the Winter Solstice event page on the wiki … by next Sunday
  • Brandon … invite Jude to the next service call … by next Sunday
  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben … post to the Hieroglyph forums … by next call
  • Ben … spread the word about the High Frontier Kickstarter … by next call
  • Ben … draft some kind of article about Interstellar … by next Thursday
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric … work on Viventibus Galaxia blog post … if I have time
  • Eric … buy more chutes from Hobby House to replace the ones that burned two years ago … by Solstice
  • Eric … make arrangements to announce the Rockets to the Destiny event at church … by Saturday

Daily Practice (from Sunday to Sunday)

2014-11-02 to 2014-11-09: 4+15+11=30 checkmarks

Metrics (from Sunday to Sunday)

0 … articles published (blog, etc)
0 … net signups to the newsletter for the week (still 90 total), but 2 subscribed (so 2 must have left)
0 … conversants from signup (people we are talking or emailing with)
0 … bios added to the wiki by conversants
5+6+2=13 … topical community touches
30 … daily practice checkmarks for the week

Weekly Events Logistics

Weekend

Service rotation: Eric, Shelley, Brandon, Ben
  • November 15 Service: 9:00 AM PDT, 12:00 EST (Shelley)
  • November 16 Work-Bee: 5:30 PM PST, 20:30 EST

Midweek

  • November 20 Work-Bee: 6:30 PM PST, 21:30 EST

Winter Solstice

Moment of Solstice is 3:03 PM PST, 18:03 EST

Where

  • If we go to the east side of the Cascades with the boys, we'll get 10 minutes of looking at the stars, if that
    • Have the main celebration in Portland
    • Have an adults-only trip afterward to somewhere fairly nearby, e.g. Crown Point
    • Start planning now for a summer trip on a new moon to a dark, warm, location where we can sleep out under the stars

Who we're inviting

  • Ben: My inclination has been to invite anyone who's interesting and interested
  • Brandon: I've been thinking of these events as our time to do what we do without having to explain ourselves to others
  • Eric: But the more we invite people in, the more people we'll have and the less explaining we'll need to do
  • Brandon: I agree
  • Ben's list so far:
    • Hank (need to try again)
    • Lion
    • Lewis
    • My parents
    • Their friend Ken and Margaret from Goldendale (probably won't come to Portland)
    • Jan Keller, a friend from Bioneers
  • Others to invite:
    • Windward people? (probably won't come to Portland)
    • Jude (willing to come to Portland)
    • Ted and Celeste
    • Gus

What we're doing

Outreach

Interstellar

  • On the one hand, this movie raises awareness about the idea of interstellar travel and space colonies being a good thing
    • Are we seeing a tipping point in popular consciousness about space? If so, why, and what does the zeitgeist look like?
  • On the other hand, it's all about fleeing to some other planet after this one gets broken
    • So let's talk about other possible motivations/scenarios
  • Human-centric vs. Life-centric
  • Rosetta and Philae, Dawn (Ceres flyby in April 2015)

The Obligation

  • Brandon would like Ben to compare and contrast Ben’s space elevator paper about motivations with the 6 different Endowments in The Obligation

Gatherings

  • Pantheacon is a hotel-based convention in San Jose with about 2000 people and 13 tracks
    • Next con is February 13-16, meaning we have to get a hotel room now
    • John Halstead and Mark Green both consider it to be "home"
    • Talking with people who believe in magic and participating in woo-woo rituals are probably part of the "cost of doing business" there
    • Brandon talked with the organizer about getting a suite for Naturalistic Paganism, but that's not usually done for "new groups"
      • John has apparently not established a presence for his group (of bloggers)
  • Bioneers
    • Hard-core environmentalist activists
    • Not the “just say no” kind; they're all about the big world-changing projects people are doing to solve problems and make the world better
      • Thought they also support holding actions to keep things from getting worse
      • If they are into big visions like that, they might be willing to hear me out about space
    • No filter for magical thinking (certainly people who do that there)
  • Space conferences: 100yss, NewSpace, Contact

Chats vs. Skype

  • Eric attended the Atheopagans' Sunday Chat
    • It was a lot of fun, but kind of hard to follow (3 different streams on a single comment thread on Facebook)
    • I felt like part of their group
      • If we did this it would be good for new members, because it's not as big a commitment as Skype

Kindred Map

Brandon wants to make a conceptual map of kindred groups and how they intersect

  • People could participate by making rank-ordered lists of values, and finding people and groups with similar lists
  • You can also say what you think another group or person's values are (to explain why you feel aligned with them)
  • Start with a spreadsheet, then build up to a graphical thing like a Venn diagram
  • Brandon has more energy for this than for Kindred 2015 because he wants to get to know all these new contacts before inviting them to fly across the country

Eric observes that we might find a need to focus on one nexus of interest at a time, e.g. naturalistic religion (which has very little overlap with space)

  • Maybe we could push the Spiritual Naturalist Society or somebody into organizing a Kindred event?
  • Brandon doesn't have much interest in events that just target one cluster at a time, but admits that an event with us as the intersection probably isn't viable yet

Evaluation

  • Brandon … Excited and enjoying SolSeed a lot right now
  • Ben … I’m always sad when something we’ve been planning is looking like it's not going to happen … we’ve had Kindred 2010 that we were totally going to do … and now we’ve had Kindred 2015 that we were totally going to do (I even said we were going to work on it in the newsletter)
  • Eric … I think it's a good idea to pull out now and wait until we really have the energy for the Kindred event we want … getting to know people who aren't tied strongly enough yet to come to an event like that, we may get to a point where we get that critical mass
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