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

Holt holt at laptop.org
Thu Oct 28 11:34:47 EDT 2010

Let's do it, conveniently right by Alewife's Red Line subway stop:

I will help cater -- thanks so much for your devotion to the cause Caroline.

On 10/28/2010 11:30 AM, Caroline Meeks wrote:
> 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 
> <mailto: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
> Solution Grove
> Caroline at SolutionGrove.com
> 617-500-3488 - Office
> 505-213-3268 - Fax
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