November 20, 2011: Online Work Bee

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  • Check In
  • Review WWWs
  • Review Agenda
  • Tabulate hours and $$ given to others
  • Next Service Logistics
  • Winter Solstice
  • One-Page Plan
  • Book
  • Topical Communities
  • Services
  • Video(s)
  • Evaluation

Check In

  • Ben ... sleepy
  • Shelley ... pleased that we had such a nice time today ... Cavalia and our folkses over for Brandon's birthday
  • Brandon ... old
  • Sequoia ... asleep in own bed for the first time in a while

WWWs from last time

  • Brandon ... schedule something for the meetup (January) ... by next call
  • Brandon ... schedule Nick for a conversation about SolSeed ... by next call (sent email)
  • Shelley ... prepare the next service ... by next service
  • Ben ... write up description of the Solstice event ... by next call
  • Ben ... send message for Lori to Shelley ... by next call


  • Ben ... prepare for the service ... by Saturday
  • Ben ... write 750 words ... by next call
  • Shelley ... look into having the service at Jerry's house ... tomorrow
  • Shelley ... sign up for the Meetup ... by tomorrow
  • Shelley ... revise and send the Solstice invitations ... by Friday
  • Brandon ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Brandon ... write 1000 words ... by next call
  • Brandon ... interview Shelley about topics she thinks belong in the book ... by next call
  • Brandon ... create new SolSeed Facebook page ... by next call

Tabulate hours and $$ given to others (not SolSeed) in the past week

  • Ben: $30 to NationOfChange, $50 to FINCA
  • Brandon and Shelley: nothing this week

Next Service Logistics

Saturday November 26, 2011 ... Ben
Shelley will find out about timing
Rotation: Brandon, Jerry?, Shelley, Ben

Winter Solstice

  • No response from Rose City Astronomers yet
  • Heather and John can't come, so we'll invite Jesus and Laura


Light is the left hand of darkness
and darkness the right hand of light.
- Ursula K. Le Guin
We are SolSeed;
Children of the sun,
Awakened by starlight…
- The SolSeed Creed

This year the Longest Night falls near a new moon, so it's going to be very dark outside. Therefore, the theme for our 2011 Winter Solstice celebration is Darkness! There's much to celebrate about this little-appreciated concept.

We'll start with a "walk in the dark" up on Mt. Tabor just after sunset, carrying red lights to avoid spoiling our night vision. At the top, if we're very lucky, we might see a few stars. (We decided to postpone our big Larch Mountain star-watching expedition until a time when we have a real chance of clear skies!)

Then it's back to the Seed Village for a friendly sit-down dinner. Afterward, we'll turn out the lights for a brief ceremony celebrating the longest night of the year. This year we decided to keep the gathering small and intimate, in the belief that it will make the ceremony more meaningful.

We hope to see you there! (Although given how dark it will be, we may not be able to see you. :-) Here are the details:

When: Wednesday evening, December 21st. You have three options for your arrival time:

  • 4:30 PM at the Seed Village
  • 5 PM on Mt. Tabor
  • 7 PM back at the Seed Village (if you want to skip the hike)

Where: The Seed Village is at 1824 SE Oak Street. The Mt. Tabor hike will start at [address].

What to Bring: [Do we ask people to bring stuff?]

One Page Plan

2011 4th Quarter Goals, due 12/31/2011

  • Meetup
    • Yellow: Start a Meetup in Portland
    • Green:
      • Have a really nice webpage for the Meetup
      • Schedule our first two meetings (just need one more)
    • Super Green: Have 12 interested people join the group and explain why they are part of the group
  • Book
  • Topical Communities
    • Yellow: Each identify an existing community that we want to tackle
    • Green: Have a protocol for how to interact with our chosen communities each week, and do it for three weeks
    • Super Green: Protocol appears to be sustainable for the long term
  • SpaceWiki
    • Yellow: Start a 100yss hub/project page on SpaceWiki
    • Green:
      • Have all the sections we want
      • Make a good faith effort to contact every speaker
      • Enroll Brandon's two contacts to work on the project
    • Super Green:
      • 75% of the speakers' bio pages filled out
      • Papers for 50% of the speakers posted
  • Spiritual Practice
    • Yellow: Have a Solstice celebration and continue the Sabbath services
    • Green: Have a really good Solstice celebration
    • Super Green: Restore daily meditative practice (10 minutes per day)


  • Make sure all the important ideas are fully covered

Table of Contents


  • What is SolSeed anyway?
  • What's so great about this vision?
  • Disclaimer: Where ideas come from
  • Who we're looking for

Chapter 1: Being a Starfarer

  • Defining what we mean by "Starfarer"
  • Getting into action
  • The religion of science (unfinished)
  • Religion-shaped hole
  • Self-love, empathy, and wisdom
  • The divided mind (ideas from Switch)
  • More?

Chapter 2: Building a Society of Starfarers

  • The vision
  • Growing the movement
  • Forming SolSeed communities
  • Spiritual practices
  • Gatherings of kindred
  • SolSeed businesses
  • SolSeed education
  • The broader movement

Chapter 3: Reconnecting with Mother Earth

  • A scientific creation myth
  • Two ways of living
  • People are animals too
  • Avoiding the other extreme
  • An end to progress?
  • Crossing the gap
  • What can I do?

Chapter 4: Taking Root Amongst the Stars

  • Orbiting mini-worlds
  • Biospheres 3, 4, 5, etc.
  • Terraforming/ecopoeisis: a multi-species joint venture
  • The problem of perseverance
  • Generations between the stars
  • On our own, far from home
  • Bringing distant worlds to life
  • Coexisting with alien biospheres

Chapter 5: Getting Involved

  • Getting involved
  • Tell the world who you are
  • Cultivate a topical community
  • More?

Topical Communities

  • Brandon ... SolSeed, 100YSS
  • Ben ... Bioregenerative Life Support
  • Shelley ... Secular Families Network


  • Add google alerts for SolSeed, Earthseed, Parable of the Talents, Octavia Butler
  • Visit the Meetup every Monday
  • Post one item to the Facebook page every Tuesday
  • Make a SolSeed tweet every Wednesday
  • Send a message to someone in the Meetup every Thursday
  • Email a member by declaration every Friday


  • Add google alerts for 100YSS and 100 Year Starship Symposium ... Starship as well? ... sure for now
  • Pick one session from 100YSS every Monday and create the links for the pages etc
  • Fill in the user pages for each of the authors and find their email addresses every Tuesday
  • Look for a portrait and add to their user pages and ask Ryan to do a caricature every Wednesday
  • Email the authors from the last week every Thursday and ask them to update their page and whether we can post their paper/slides
  • Complete any last details from the section from two weeks ago and then tweet about it on Friday

Bioregenerative Life Support (BLS)

  • Add google alerts for Bioregenerative Life Support, Biosphere 2, Global Ecotechnics
  • Email a contact asking about how to be a BLS "groupie" every Saturday

Secular Families Network

  • Visit meetup group every Monday and look for something to do that's not on a workday
  • Send at least one message to someone every week (currently ahead because sent 4 messages in past 2 weeks)


  • Take them up a notch at the start of next year?
    • Recruit people who have been involved in the past
      • Heather is already into this
    • Also recruit people from the Meetup?
      • Shelley sent a message about this to Kurt
    • Create a 6-week "curriculum"
    • Add a children's activity at the beginning
    • Add a brunch after the service


  • Brandon ... we pretty much covered everything this week
  • Ben ... I thought it felt rushed
  • Shelley ... we got some actual work done, which I kind of like
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