October 26, 2014: Online Work Bee

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Contents

Agenda

  • Check in
  • Review WWWs
  • Daily Practice/Metrics
  • Weekly event logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • Viventibus Galaxia
  • Indiegogo A Capella Science
  • Outreach (next steps)
  • Holacracy
  • Bioneers (if time)
  • Project work
    • Solstice celebration
    • Eric: Work on blog entry ideas
    • Eric: Rotate the Duck Weed and Record its progress
    • Eric: Update the Finance Spreadsheet
    • Ben: Viventibus Galaxia editing
    • Brandon: Kindred 2015 (email Andrew and work on proposal)
  • Evaluation

Next time

  • Evaluating Holacracy

Check-in (gratinews)

  • Eric … I'm feeling kind of down for some reason … I tried doing a workout at the "24-hour" club, but it's weekdays only (regular business hours on the weekends)
  • Brandon … Shelley and I did our half-marathon today … faster and less painful than last year
  • Ben … I am grateful that my parents and I didn’t lose power in the wind storm

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
  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben … investigate users of Holacracy to learn from … by next call
  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric … Write up a scenario that role plays using Holacracy as we expect it to play out as our movement grows. Especially consider various scales (a few people, dozens, hundreds, thousands). … by next sunday (26)

WW(W)s

  • Eric ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Eric ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Eric … Write up a scenario that role plays using Holacracy as we expect it to play out as our movement grows. Especially consider various scales (a few people, dozens, hundreds, thousands). … by next sunday (9)
  • Eric … Read Ben’s articles … when I get the time.
  • Ben ... follow your topical community protocol for this period ... ongoing
  • Ben ... meditate and keep track of which days ... ongoing
  • Ben … investigate the website that interviewed Elon Musk … by next call
  • Ben … investigate whether we could submit something to Project Hieroglyph … by next call
  • Ben … invite parents and Ken and Margaret to Winter Solstice … by next call
  • 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 Goldendale timing with the observatory
  • Brandon … figure out lodging in Goldendale

Daily Practice

2014-10-19 to 2014-10-26: 16+10+63 = 89 checkmarks

Metrics (from Sunday to Sunday)

0 … articles published (blog, etc)
2 … net signups to the newsletter for the week (now 90 total)
1 … conversants from signup (people we are talking or emailing with)
0 … bios added to the wiki by conversants
4+2=6 … topical community touches
89 … daily practice checkmarks for the week

Weekly Events Logistics

Weekend

Service rotation: Eric, Shelley, Brandon, Ben
  • November 1 Service: 9:00 AM PDT, 12:00 EDT (Eric)
  • November 2 Work-Bee: 5:45 PM PDT, 20:45 EDT

Midweek

  • October 30 Work-Bee: 6:30 PM PDT, 21:30 EDT

Viventibus Galaxia

Sequoia mentioned aliens, leading Ben to realize that we’re not honoring our roots. We don’t talk about alien biospheres in any of the rituals. Try replacing the fate of humanity with alien biospheres.

Sol's story has begun .. but it is only the beginning.
The story continues with life, starfaring life,
Green fire flowering as it spreads across our immense galaxy!

(Light some alcohol in a galaxy-shaped indentation in a clay plate, with powdered boric acid to make a green flame)

In our journeys, Earthlings may encounter other life.
Beings and biospheres as precious as we,
Joining us as fellow travelers on the great upward spiral.

(After the green fire dies down, do an upward-spiral gesture starting with your finger over the galactic center)

Then will come intergalactic life!
Shaping entire star systems.
Sailing them across the great gulfs between the galaxies!

Indiegogo

Eric: Should I ask for a refund?

  • After he declined to do what we asked on religious grounds, I proposed an alternative
  • He's fine with pointing people to our website, as long as it doesn't look like he supports us
  • I asked him if we could get more than 25 words for Puppet Einstein to make it clear that it's not Tim Blais saying it (in exchange for him keeping the $80 for doing a cover of our song without actually doing the cover)
  • Currently waiting for a response

Outreach

  • Ben: The website that we got the interview with Elon Musk from might be interested in taking a blog entry from us. (long shot but why not)
  • Eric: Do another blog for Humanistic Paganism, about what Gaia's Heartbeat means to us?
    • Brandon: Sure, I can do that
  • Ben: There’s this thing called Project Hieroglyphs at Arizona University; it is very inline with what we are about. More than willing to talk about the ‘loving the Earth part’ of us. Ben will look at whether they take submissions from outsiders.
  • Eric (who has been doing a lot on outreach lately) will think about his next steps

Ben's links to Holacracy articles

Bioneers

Ben's planned Open Space session: “Three Asteroids and the Future of Life in the Solar System”

We need stories about the bright future we are working toward. Stories about how people in that future can keep working toward changes that bring about meaning in their lives. I’ll bring up Earth Day and the image of Earth from space. The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs: birds survived by hunkering down and making shelters, but afterward flight became their survival advantage again. The first creatures to emerge from the ocean were fleeing predators but were able to diversify and develop adaptations to thrive on land (and in the air). Hard-shelled eggs defended against being eaten by predators too, but led to the rise of dinosaurs (and pterosaurs). And we’ve got “asteroid humanity” … in addition to hunkering down and surviving the crisis, we can look ahead and use spaceflight in a similar way … Life expanding into new territories like it always has. Briefly talk about defense against an asteroid that might hit the earth again. And talk about an asteroid filled with life.

  • Ben: I might be able to use this elsewhere.
  • Brandon: How can we help?
    • Ben: Any ideas on tactics that work to ease people into talking about space when they aren’t into talking about space.
  • Brandon’s idea for a blog post: (Title: “We are not children of Mother Earth”

Blog post about "mother earth" and what that means and how we see the Earth as our mother but we aren’t Earth's. The cells in our body are not little us’s. So what would the Earth give birth to?

Winter Solstice

  • Shelley's family are coming down for Christmas on the Solstice (Sunday), so we will only be able to leave in late afternoon
  • http://www.goldendaleobservatory.com/visit.html
    • On the edge of Goldendale, which means some light pollution, but they are a silver-tier Dark Sky Park
    • We could go to the Stonehenge replica on Sunday or Monday
    • If Ben's parent's aren't coming, it would be great if they could at least drive Ben out to where I-84 and I-205 meet

Duckweed

Eric: I calculated there isn't enough CO2 in the capsule to grow a significant amount of plant tissue

  • I'm looking into buying an air sterilizer
  • Brandon: Could we synthesize CO2?
    • Eric: Maybe, as long as it doesn't affect the water chemistry too much … try dry ice?
  • Ben: Someday we could use animals to replenish CO2
    • Eric: But then they'd have to eat all the new plant matter that's produced … to increase plant mass over time, we need to pipe in carbon from somewhere

Evaluation

  • Ben … Thanks for the validation of my ideas ... looking forward to the Solstice! (Eric: Yay!)
  • Eric … I loved this call. It really raised my spirits; thank you, both of you … See you Thursday
  • Brandon … ???/??? (that’s the french version) :)
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