most people spend most of their time stressing about money. this will reverse.
Forms of money degrade over time., "Money did not begin with gold coins and evolve into a sophisticated accounting system. It began as an accounting system and evolved into the use of precious metal coins.", "In the payment system of ancient Sumeria, goods were given a value in terms of weight and were measured in these units against each other. The unit of weight was the “shekel,” something that was not originally a coin but a standardized measure.", A certain weight in grain would be worth a certain weight in something else., "Grain was stored in granaries, which served as a form of “bank.” But grain was perishable, so silver eventually became the standard tally representing sums owed.", "he problem with gold coins was that they could not expand to meet the needs of trade. The revolutionary advance of medieval bankers was that they succeeded in creating a flexible money supply, one that could keep pace with a vigorously expanding mercantile trade. They did this through the use of credit, something they created by allowing overdrafts in the accounts of their depositors. "
artists having the ability to make their art, including programmers. film / music making software costs the most impoverished part of the population (artists) way more money than they have. so we need to make this stuff free. a great way to do this is to amp up open source involvement. but open source programmers, like artists don't get paid for what they do - so they have to do it in addition to their slave wage job.
under what framework to those with money grant it to others? by what criteria does, say, the government decide to fund a project? and is that compatible with paying open source programmers?
safety in numbers
20 minutes. 10 minute warning, 5 minute warning in which people focus on a synthesis of their ideas and choosing someone from their group to read back the results of their conversation. for this first time and not necessarily in later mettings we will break into the groups at the very beginning of the GA., self-formed or randomly assigned? again both have advantages, 1st breakout group: self-formed, encourage the socially brave to look for and approach the shy, suggested themes or not? both have advantages, temperature check, (1) groups that transform into facilitation groups for THIS meeting (facilitation, note taking, stacking watchy people), Have breakout groups about different roles in meetings; facilitation group, stack-taking group, and note-taking group., They can come back to the meeting and perform their roles as a group; facilitation group, not facilitator., Communal roles may also let those involved discuss how to better perform their roles, during the meeting., These groups can discuss how to better perform their roles, and how their roles best benefit the community., (2) thematic breakout groups who discuss something and bring it back to the GA, we will pass out a sheet with a list ideas / recommended topic ideas to prevent the paralysis of infinate choice, we will solicit contributions to this list before wednesday, Ideas for a proposals. "I think we should ____, what do you guys think?", State of the Occupation. How do you think the occupation is going? Is there something that could be improved? Is there something urgent?, Roles (facilitator, stack, or note), Mini workgroup discussion such as: "What happened last meeting?", "Did we want to bring something to the GA? (announcement?", if we notice new people, have a facilitator set up an intro to the GA process group
useful for stimulating new topics and especially useful to escape the torture of a run-on topic during the GA -- it will allow rapid elaboration of that topic and allow others to do what they want. GA's will go long, I resign to that, but the length need not frustrate us if we experiment to improve
anything this long NEEDS at LEAST one physical break at some point. college classes don't even go as long and they almost always include a break. this provides us to enjoy a break in the physical sense and in a social sense and at the same time tap the idea-generating potential of small groups (think of all the ideas you've had during cigarettes that got lost in the ether), Let people who are engrossed in a topic discuss in amongst themselves, but let those who want a change talk about anything else.