October 23, 2016: Business Call

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Contents

Sunday Agenda

  • Check in
  • Opening Blessing
  • Review WWWs
  • Weekly event logistics
  • Review Agenda
  • Samhain
  • Newsletter
  • Strategy/Tactics Talk
  • Evaluations
  • Closing Blessing

Check-in

  • Eric … I drove to Buckleberry yesterday to get that free trailer from Michelle's parents, and today I drove there with a bunch of lumber to build a carport over the trailer because otherwise it might be damaged by snow … I got to wander the property a bit and that really felt good
  • Ben … I’m still getting closer to getting to be able to send out the shorter version of the story. But there are more details needed than I thought so it will be tomorrow or the next day.
    • Eric … Looking so forward to that Ben!


WW(W)s from last time

  • Ben … meditate regularly with Eric ... ongoing
  • Ben … spend at least 15 minutes a day on Flight in a Cage … ongoing
  • Ben … Send Brandon/Eric a video message each day about what I did … ongoing
  • Ben … make travel plans for Samhain … by next call
  • Brandon … spend 15 minutes every day on Machine Learning … ongoing
  • Brandon … make a daily 1 minute video check-in for Ben and Eric … ongoing
  • Brandon … Meditate regularly with Eric … ongoing
  • Brandon … Get the SolSeed wiki back online …. ASAP
  • Eric … Send Brandon/Ben a video message each day about what I did … ongoing
  • Eric … Work on Buckleberry at least 15 minutes a day
  • Eric … Meditate regularly with Ben … ongoing
  • Eric … Meditate regularly with Brandon … ongoing

WW(W)s

  • Brandon … spend 15 minutes every day on Machine Learning … ongoing
  • Brandon … make a daily 1 minute video check-in for Ben and Eric … ongoing
  • Brandon … Meditate regularly with Eric … ongoing
  • Ben … meditate regularly with Eric ... ongoing
  • Ben … spend at least 15 minutes a day on Flight in a Cage … ongoing
  • Ben … Send Brandon/Eric a video message each day about what I did … ongoing
  • Eric … Send Brandon/Ben a video message each day about what I did … ongoing
  • Eric … Work on Buckleberry at least 15 minutes a day… ongoing
  • Eric … Meditate regularly with Ben … ongoing
  • Eric … Meditate regularly with Brandon … ongoing

Weekly Events Logistics

Midweek

  • Oct 27 Work-Bee: 8 PDT
    • Brandon generally can't do this time anymore

Weekend

Service rotation: Eric, Ben, Shelley, Brandon
  • Oct 29 Service: 8:00 AM PDT / 11:00 EDT … Shelley
  • Oct 30 Business Call: likely canceled due to Samhain

Samhain

Eric will celebrate it the actual weekend (November 5-6)

Newsletter

Eric likes it [Hello Brandon!]

Strategy Talk

Opportunities

Deepening our practices (internal audience)

  • Work on a mechanism to have asynchronous services
  • Work on stabilizing our new blog-writing practice and promoting our own blog
  • Improving our celebrations
    • Hold more events in places with dark skies so we can see lots of stars and the Milky Way

Recruiting (external audience)

  • Re-start the book program (we have a bunch of PotS copies)
  • Create one or more videos about the concept of Shiny Green
  • Create videos of us talking about our visions
  • Create a Lauren Olamina page on Facebook and speak as the 7 year old Lauren Olamina (hopefully with the help of an actual black woman) … follow her life and journal as her
  • Contact some possibly kindred people such as David Duemler
  • Hold a Star Trek 50th Anniversary celebration

Place Making (largely internal audience)

  • Build a SolSeed temple
  • Build a SolSeed shrine
  • Build the Auberge Paradis and Buckleberry bed-and-breakfast resorts (external audience)
  • Build a Gaia shrine at Buckleberry
  • Start un-farming termites at Buckleberry
  • Build an astronomy tower on top of the Hill at Buckleberry with a planetarium in it.
  • Try un-farming goats at Buckleberry using fermented saw dust as feed.

Art (internal and external audience)

  • Re-start the Gaia statue Kickstarter project
  • Build a big model of the Milky Way with many blue and yellow lights representing stars, and green lights that can be turned on to symbolize life spreading … maybe bring it to Burning Man
  • Re-start the music video project for The Seed
  • Start a new music video project, e.g. Rise Anew
  • Make posters and t-shirts and sell them online … we could have a whole separate brainstorm about what imagery to create for these
  • Create a Lauren Olamina page on Facebook and speak as the 7 year old Lauren Olamina (hopefully with the help of an actual black woman) … follow her life and journal as her

Science fiction (external audience)

  • Finish and publish Flight in a Cage
  • Try to publish some of our short stories in science fiction magazines
  • Apply for one of us to attend the Clarion West science-fiction writers workshop

Sharing our ideas (external audience)

  • Write a series of blog entries commenting on and critiquing the developing SpaceX plans to colonize Mars from a Humanistic Pagan / Earthseed perspective
  • Re-start the SolSeed:The Book of Life project / Write our own version of The Millennial Project
  • Promote the Concerning AI podcast more to reach a wider audience
  • Start a Kickstarter to print more copies of Happy in the Sun and start creating new kid's books about Empathy and Wisdom

Research (external audience)

  • Research the Simulation Hypothesis and possibly add simulism to our religion … write a paper explaining the objective evidence for it (if there is any) and how it could be falsified (or perhaps how the “we are not a simulation” hypothesis could be falsified).
  • Do something related to the "reactionless" microwave thruster, e.g. an analysis of how much power it would take to move something big
  • Publish an AI Paper
  • Do some more simple CELSS experiments

What are we most interested in?

  • Eric: The termite unfarm
  • Ben: Probably making graphics, although in the short term I'm more likely to make a video of me talking about my vision

Discussion

  • Ben: I'm nervous about talking about SolSeed with strangers … hoping to practice putting our ideas out there more.
    • Eric: We've tried a lot of different ways to do that, e.g. Gaia's Heartbeat, The Seed, the stories we write, the little books we've published, but we don’t take them to fruition.
    • Ben: Nobody knows we write stories outside of us.
  • Eric: I made a link recently: I can't get in tune with Christianity because it's so focused on the idea that people are broken and need to be fixed/saved … I don't feel broken, and SolSeed is a religion for people who don't identify with that broken concept, and maybe that's part of our problem with recruiting.

Evaluation

  • Ben: I want to have more meetings with the three of us. It’s hard to make progress when we are incomplete.
  • Eric: I want to have more meetings with the fifteen of us. The 8 to 12 of us who never show up really annoy me.

Closing Blessing

We came together, just two, two members of a group which we aspire will grow. We keep focusing on the direction of our efforts and not the size, doing what is sustainably within our power rather than losing hope over our inability to shift the world on its axis. May our allies emerge. -- Blessed Be

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