Seems calendar space is quickly being lost which shows just how rapidly the community is expanding and growing thanks to LD (and DemeterRising and NoMandates)! Presently we have:
Terrace Tuesdays@TPW Cafe
Reader’s Circle (day TBD)
One of the last items on the first TPW Cafe post was for a Cafe Calendar. Specifically,
- Cafe Calendar:
- ?? gathering/conversing day/time
- ?? action alerts/days (for follow-up and check-in)
So, if all are in agreement, I would like to claim Terrace Tuesdays for the Cafe. The Terrace being the place to capture stuff and disseminate for any passerbys who may just want to drop in for a cuppa community. Hence, I’ll take responsibility for gathering and reporting out any and all things folks have written or promoted as part of the Cafe (as I’m doing here). If folks @chasingorion with the words Cafe Call–I’ll be sure to include in the Terrace Tuesday posting what they have asked for with a link and promoting to the post. (NB: I never teach on Tuesdays so it is the day I know I can commit to regularly).
Regarding gathering/conversing days, that’s still up in the air. Of note, Belle de Jour has recommended a Q&A brainstorming/improv/jazz set–which is worth capturing in full:
I like the back-of-the-cafe hangout concept of a generous, even raucous sort of brainstorming area… like where the musicians & friends hang out between sets… a place where it’s safe to float all sorts of ideas, problems, theories, issues, plans, inspirations, hypotheticals, “What if someone…?”s, concerns, goals, etc.
Then everyone at the virtual cafe table would feel free to just read, hang out there or to actively chime in, offer and get feedback, hear more ideas, hunches, pipe in with questions, go on tangents, follow thought associations and relationships, air suggestions to and from anyone willing to play & who’s interested.
Just a couple examples of this working in the ‘real’ world: at Apple – no matter if there was a practical operations/administration problem, technical glitch or a big new idea needed – the first step was ‘the circle.’ (Circle was chosen because there’s no hierarchy in the shape, no head of table, everyone is facing each other equally, etc.) The unwritten but sacred rule trust was that nothing was too outrageous, impossible, small, absurd, obvious, silly, grand, trite, practical or impractical to let loose – and while we could tease and laugh, there was no judgement of censorship of self or of others – and there were no repercussions of anything being used later in an unfriendly manner.
The other time I’ve seen this work incredibly well is in improv – and especially with a method known as ‘The Harold’ (UCB training). The basic premise is that someone says something – anything – and your first response is, “Yes, and… ” That one simple yes – without argument, without negative, just a willingness to jump on board and see where this thing takes you – is liberating, and does wonders for coming up with ideas, solutions, possibilities you never even knew you had anywhere in you… or that someone else had in them, that could help you.
Besides this really being the heart of the initial Cafe idea that came out of Bernie’s web-call, it is in keeping with the progressive and inspirational spirit of TPW–specifically allowing difference to catalyze us and help find real workable solutions. Anywho, Belle’s comments reminded me of a favorite TedTalk from physicist Uri Alon on ‘the Cloud’.
My questions are
- who wants to host the idea generating sessions (this can be rotating)
- what day should we have it?
- yes, and (what else…)
Currently, we have the following ideas rolling around:
- Cafe Communities: To provide insight, articles, and info on issues & actions
- Draw on political experts (Angela M. & OccupyStephanie)
- Share content expertise
- income inequality/poverty
- farming & fair trade
- sustainability/climate change/environment
- Health care
- Cafe Calls: Action items
- writing LTEs
- attending council meetings
- calling representatives
- volunteer needs and opportunities
- phonebanking/texting page (esp. for BS delegates)
- CURRENT CALLS:
- Star Strider’s ColoradoCareYes petition
- CA Democrats Petition to DNC for Medicare for All
- PolarBear4’s NO LAME DUCK TPP PETITION.
- PolarBear4’s Stand up to Big Drug Companies Petition
- PolarBear4’s reminder to phonebank again on behalf of 4 candidates in upcoming races: Zephyr Teachout (NY), Eric Kingson (NY), Pramilia Jayapal (WA), and Tim Canova (FL).
- PolarBear4 and LD’s Adopt a Bernie
“Our job from now until the convention is to convince those super-delegates that Bernie is by far the strongest candidate against Donald Trump.”
It is for this reason; we need to help Bernie’s Delegates get to the convention. Delegates were NOT made aware of the exorbitant cost of traveling in order to participate in the convention prior to becoming a delegate. Costs for the 5 days necessary to participate and support Mr. Sanders; including lodging, airfare and food can run from an average of $4000.00 to $8000.00 (depending on the state of origin). This is an expensive venture for many Sanders supporters, one that most of the delegates cannot afford; without the financial support of others. Even NBC was reporting on it!