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Some mistakes that happen here, and might require your attention. Also extremely funny in hindsight.

... but this log is also about preventing mistakes by posting something that could become one if it wasn't communicated!    

how did the project change?

posted Nov 1, 2009, 3:27 AM by sebastian@projectvolunteering.net

Yesterday's conversation brought more clarity on things that changed in the project where I agree that need to be adressed - a sense that individuals do not matter any more: People bring in new people who stay without talking to others about it. Some people who do not live here stay over night in the dormitory. If people ring at the door, people open and leave hallway not even looking who is coming in, not regarding if it is a stranger, a new person to the project, what the new project knows about the project and how it works; the idea of some people that things the majority rules and majority agreement justifies changes that effect every individual, that people do not do what the say just as not hosting anymore or come in time for meetings.

noisy work room

posted Nov 1, 2009, 3:15 AM by sebastian@projectvolunteering.net   [ updated Nov 1, 2009, 3:29 AM ]

Sebastian found out today that the silent work group is no more. Sebastian really enjoyed things like common breakfast and communication in the office; however getting work done there becomes increasingly difficult. I know some people prefare a noisy workspace and sometimes I do to. However the silent workroom also had a function for retreat for me and getting things done that I begin to miss. I still prefer people around when I work, just talking or noise does not work for that at times I do focus on my work. I guess that brings up the topic of how excatly we do want changes in here.

disconnecting WLAN

posted Aug 28, 2009, 8:39 AM by sebastian@projectvolunteering.net   [ updated Aug 28, 2009, 8:42 AM by Lucian Cosinschi ]

For months, I feel continuously frustrated by the WLAN disconnected regularily. I wish and hope we would fix this problem soon.

Communal Laptop

posted Jul 22, 2009, 3:52 AM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net   [ updated Jul 22, 2009, 3:56 AM by Lucian Cosinschi ]

Btw, we didn't happen to tell anyone yesterday before we left or ask, but

Manu and me took my old Laptop to Big Pink to try to fix it because yesterday we tried to use it for the meeting notes and it didn't even turn on properly at all. So in case someone wondered where it is and wanted to use it/doesn't have another computer - Sorry, but it was not usable anyway! Maybe you can borrow someone elses for a minute every now and then...?
Hopefully we can bring it back working soon

Being clear on hosting

posted Jul 21, 2009, 5:36 AM by daan@projectvolunteering.net   [ updated Aug 10, 2009, 6:16 AM by Lucian Cosinschi ]

Oops,

somebody neglected to tell Valeria that staying in the project is not "for however long you want".

Luckily, Tau found out about this, and told her she was on the calender 'till Wednesday. Quite bad for her, it only gives her 24 hours to find another place.

Our persistent bad communication with guests?

note from Lucian: Until we mange to document the "Valeria case" properly we should say, to avoid misunderstandings, that the problem was not that she wanted to stay "for however long I want". While she did say "I thought I can stay here for however long I want" we could not digest well her explicit and implicit lack of care for the people with who she shared the house. Moreover, despite being told several times that she makes everybody uncomfortable and she should not stay longer then initially agreed she decided to take it upon herself and stay because her other host was not located in a "central enough position". All these created the context where "I can stay here for how long as I want" sounded offensive and harmful. We are trying to create here a place where friendship is the base for everything and this kind of behavior undermines our efforts.
 Apart from this extreme case we love people to feel and be here for longer rather than shorter.

small bathroom

posted Jul 17, 2009, 6:48 AM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net   [ updated Jul 17, 2009, 6:51 AM by Lucian Cosinschi ]

I would really love it if someone were able to fix the toilet and the sink properly to the wall again. I'm more and more scared they will fall off every time I go there. And unfortunately I don't know how to fix this myself, otherwise I would be happy to help.

PS: Don't take this personal, but... Jake, don't do it ;-)

Oops - Number confusion! :)

posted Jul 8, 2009, 3:23 AM by victoria@projectvolunteering.net   [ updated Jul 8, 2009, 3:26 AM by Lucian Cosinschi ]

I just got the usual notification of the deposit account to my phone saying Timothy Smith transferred 3,59€ to your account.
Hihi, I hope a little more is still to come ;D


Keeping appointments

posted Jul 7, 2009, 4:20 PM by Clayton Mitchell   [ updated Jul 7, 2009, 4:27 PM by Lucian Cosinschi ]

We shouldn't change the meetings the day of their occurrence any longer as a guideline.  
It leaves very little time for information to filter through .

Exceptions would be a clear confirmation that everyone has been made aware.
I think we left Paul out and potentially others due to our indecisiveness and  lack of communication.  It isn't considerate.

Also,

Food should not be served AT meeting scheduled start time.  Atleast one half hour before or 
..
maybe after, to encourage efficiency and action?

HOWEVER

I think tonight our follow through and ability to all together, with many guests coordinate an outside meeting did show a dedication to the process of sharing and communication with one another. 

I am willing to not take meetings so strictly so long as we understand why they are important.
I feel a large problem we had was failing to meet as a group after we started the flat and since the process has continually consensuallly and spontaneously started again I feel that we can understand eachothe rmore.

This is paramount if we are to live together.  We have to understand and speak to one another individually and as a group.


My sweet little Paul :)

posted Jul 1, 2009, 4:08 PM by Anick-Marie Bouchard   [ updated Jul 1, 2009, 4:13 PM by Lucian Cosinschi ]

I love you! And if there is someone to blame for withdrawing your access to the guests' calendar that's me...

As we are taking care of your guests, you're not here and it seems you agreed on not letting that kind of situation happen, I am a bit concerned. Next time you come around, why don't you open it up with the others? Anyone can give you back the right. I'm taking this responsibility now so that you know who to shoot if you're unhappy about it.

I guess we're going to manage, but before accepting anyone else, you'd need to talk to the others. I thought it was better to do that than to penalize your guests. Luckily Jake's guests left and it's not THAT bad. But it's definitely not comfortable for anyone here.    

Clothes from the red basket in the working room

posted Jun 26, 2009, 3:43 PM by Anick-Marie Bouchard   [ updated Jun 26, 2009, 3:46 PM by Lucian Cosinschi ]

Hey! I checked in the red basket to see if there was abandoned stuff that would suit me. I took pictures of things that I'd like to have if nobody claims them. I'll be at the project until the 3rd of July, so if you see anything here that's yours, please let me know! I don't want to steal, but recycle abandoned stuff!

My wished for clothes


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