[Sugar-devel] [IAEP] an ardent proposal to bring *LOVE* back into Sugar Labs

Caroline Meeks caroline at solutiongrove.com
Thu Oct 28 11:30:41 EDT 2010

Great idea! I can host parties at my new T Accessible house in Arlington if
that helps.

On Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 1:42 AM, Holt <holt at laptop.org> wrote:

> (1) In-person meetings in between Bostonian
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Oversight_Board members and Sugar/OLPC Local
> Lab Boston, quasimonthly.  Community is neither a buzzword, nor a fantasy,
> with Sugar Labs' only 4 active board members now living in Boston today.
>  Community is the 132 volunteer members of
> http://lists.laptop.org/listinfo/olpc_boston who want to particitepate in
> Sugar/OLPC but our promise withers, when accomplished teachers and
> volunteers willing to pull their weight, simply don't -- as too many of us
> are unintentionally hiding behind our IRC koolaid, yep myself guilty as
> charged :)  So it's time to throw a few parties.  And get over a couple of
> our antisocial hangups, at all levels of our organizing.  As our 130+ person
> high-energy http://olpcSF.org/summit this past weekend proved far beyond a
> shadow of a doubt.  As SF's own amazing hackerspace (
> http://noisebridge.net) reminded us all late into the night before.
>  Sustainable volunteerism == bringing people together in a physical space,
> even in Boston!  Like others have already done globally here:
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Local_Labs .  I made this happen last week in
> San Francisco for almost 10 valiant-but-poor-volunteers, by lining them up
> with other more well-off volunteers, using peer2peer donations instead of
> bureaucratic budget molasses.  Next year we can do this for 20 volunteers
> instead of 10, if we bring ourselves together.  Meantime: I, Walter, Bernie
> and CJB (etc) can do our Boston and Global community a gigantic favor if we
> Get Out More right here at home :)  Learning (i.e. healthy) communities live
> or die based on the Rhythm their members create -- physical bonds feed
> online bonds and vice versa.  Let us begin now.  Progress beckons: Walter,
> Bernie & I will meet all together Thurs (tomorrow) for the first time in
> about a year, to discuss our breakthrough community catapult in SF, even
> before SF's Mayor issued his proclamation:
> http://blog.laptop.org/2010/10/22/october-23-is-olpc-day-in-sf/
> (2) Democracy does NOT grow on trees, or in the back of stale legalistic
> texts.  It is the worst form of governance, if we believe Churchill, and
> accordingly I and Sugar Labs' Oversight Board have been negligent in not
> getting folks fired up about the current election process, failing to
> bringing strong awareness around precise key election dates, even
> understanding it ourselves!  I personally consider both to be constitutional
> duty: the cleanest elections happen when we enable get-out-the-vote
> mobilizations of all kind, enabling expression and reflection AKA learning.
>  Disturbing evidence I've uncovered in the past 24hrs is that board members
> themselves I've spoken to privately remain confused about
> nomination/election dates, confused about duration of terms, confused about
> lame duck/impeachment/replacement/re-invitation procedures for the several
> absentee board members already gone.  Pity our rank+file volunteer just
> trying to get some work done, or get fired up about our so-sweet
> possibilities!  Now drowning in this unadvertised/undecided election
> machinery-- No more!  I suggest we start with Informed Consent, meaning
> strong advance awareness of all deadlines and voting times -- that we
> hopefully all together agree to publicize very directly off:
>    http://google.com/search?q=sugar+labs+election
> (3) One specific proposal around strengthening awareness of Sugar Labs'
> election clearly, widely and far more passionately, with all dates clearly
> layed out, right off the uniquely memorable page above -- was advanced by
> Luke Faraone (administering the election) earlier this evening.  Walter
> Bender says he would agree to support Luke's proposal to extend registration
> (welcoming quality candidates & eligible voters both) until something like
> Nov 10th 23:59 EST, if the election itself was delayed until approximately
> Nov 14-27, IF our broad community and board agrees this will all deepen our
> Participative process, strengthen who we are, illustrate our shared
> sacrifice -- and most importantly: waken our family and friends to our
> cause.  Yes, I'm paraphrasing, Walter please speak for yourself :)   In any
> case, for me clearness-in-democracy is non-negotiable, as is our blessed
> responsibility to stay young, Meaningfully open (Lovable too please!) while
> at last growing up as a 2008-2012 organization, as this election will now
> decide.  I support Luke's above thoughtful proposal and hope others will
> too, enhancing it ideally if you can, but most important all speaking our
> consciences towards deciding quickly and carefully, however we proceed.
> (4) First kill all the lawyers (but please Shakespeare DO read our "SFC
> by-laws" at
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Labs/SFC-SugarLabs_Agreement and
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Sugar_Labs/Members/List carefully before the
> light goes out :)  And if a board meeting is needed to finalize any
> electoral learning learning consensus(es) emerging above, or
> similar/otherwise, please Walter/CJB schedule this very quickly before I go
> offline most of Sat Oct 30 to Sun Nov 14 to volunteer building
> http://blueTarpSchool.blogspot.com in Haiti.
> (5) I Love Haiti, but can't promise Sugar/OLPC/Realness/FabLab/Whatever
> Local Lab Port-au-Prince just yet on this trip -- but I *will* do what I can
> to convince my traveling companion (Tim Falconer,
> http://waveplace.com/news/blog ) rest you assured!!
> (6) Fall in Love again, it won't hurt I promise... it might even hopefully
> spur you to add your name here:
> http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Oversight_Board/2010-2011-candidates
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Caroline Meeks
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