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posted Oct 16, 2009, 5:17 PM by Clayton Mitchell


Well, the first part of my Journey is over.

I made it out to Michendorf, endlich, at around 1800 hours and arrived within SBahn reach of FFa.M. by 1230.  Unfortunately, I missed the last transfer out to the Flughafen, so I wandered around downtown, ate a Döner, found an internet cafe and typed this missive.

I fly out of Mainhattan to Manhattan, or thereabout, at 0805 CET Saturday and arrive at 1015 EST.

Tau arranged for me to stay with her host, so we'll endure a glorious reunion before I fulfill my destiny on the road to the T dot O.

I am really in love.
In love with all my friends who are also my family, the world, existence, possibilities, Arianne and the present, now.  All things being equal, I am a being of light, energy and love.

Aus.




Sick

posted Oct 12, 2009, 11:52 AM by Clayton Mitchell

Sleeping and SIck today.  Might find me in the CP room.  Trying to stay apart from everyone and get healthy.  Excuse my non presence and feel my love!

Peace and Love

Discussion/Meeting, etc Friday 5 October 2009

posted Oct 4, 2009, 6:14 PM by Clayton Mitchell   [ updated Oct 4, 2009, 4:52 PM ]

Lucian gave me a rundown on effective slide presentations

We also talked about project philosophy, dynamics, etc.
Remember> Introduce money contemplation week and ask people to think about money for next week. Lucian suggested, but I think we could try broaching the topic in the meeting and then encourage people to create an email thread or just post to their logs about their thoughts of how to raise the money we need for many things.
rent
deposit returns
damages
new places

Lucian showed me a listing for an interesting locations , with a lot of space, that requires renovation.  I will consider if I have time this week to see it and if I do, then I would do so, if atleast one other will go there with me.

We discussed the importance of continual discussion and self analysis
Frienship as a basis for the project but not as the sole factor
Remembering and Honouring committment
Speaking quietly during a discussion
Affirming the learning process.

I am at odds with the concept of any one of us being able to make any change without consultation because we are all friends and in trust and the learning methodology of consulting and proposing changes to everyone in a meeting for a certain time period to test their viability.  Is it possible to make important changes in short order by testing multiple solutions or hypotheses without being impulsive?  Is giving necessary consideration to important issues necessarily a matter of time? 
I see it as a matter of agreeance and committment, but if a solution is obviated in a shorter period, can we go forward thence?
Lucian saw it as everything being on a case by case basis. which I can embrace, as long as everything doesn't begin to contradict itself .


I wonder about discovering, creating and utilising various methodologies that uphold the learning process

Also, I think it makes sense that emergency guests are taken in because of the urgent nature of their situation but that , as they came to us in an emergency, if our living situation necessitates less people to be here then it is fair to help them find alternate accommodations.  This of course refers to explicitly emergency guests and not those added to the calendar who have requested beforheand and therefore surprise no one with their prescence.

As soon as it becomes unfair for someone responsible for maintaining this place in the first instance, then it is unfair .  Also, it is very friendly to have provided someome with space on an emergency basis and then help them find another place to stay.  Everyone is always welcome to spend a lot of time here with us.

We also discussed standards that everyone can and HAS agreed to .
IF we don't uphold our standards, then they don't exist and we obviously don't care about them... right?

Also, dinner time usually lasts one or two hours, so is that a reasonable time to meet and talk about things, consistantly?  The basis for opening the door to friendship is meeting and discussing our ideas and thoughts with eachother.  It is sort of a minimal committment in my estimation for anyone living here for reasons other than it being easy and fun.

Also, discussions ought to be documented so you are not excluding others from

1> sharing
2> realising that you happen to be thinking and caring about things

WE don't need to but agreed to use the website to ensure this project is not exclusive to the residents of the house.
From the beginning there have been remote participants and I would like to benefit from their and others continued participation.

My concept of meeting is not something that should be feared.  If we can't offer a minium committment of constantly discussing, then why are we here at all?  THere must be self analysis to engage the learn from any of this, which is very important to me.
TO learn!  Committment for me isn't simply about devising systems to make life comfortable and automated.  Nor is it solely about principles and philosophy
I do believe, though, that we ought to have and uphold standards.

Obviously, not everyone can always be there or might even miss many discussions on an ongoing basis, but it is about offering whatever committment of which you are capable and then actually adhering to it. Missing things doesn't mean they shouldn't be held, only that people should feel safe explaining their absence.
It is acceptable to communicate with people.

Everyone has to set priorities and obviously for some people, their priorities would exclude them from existing in this sort of demanding environment.  

Simultaneously, I believe that standards need to constantly be reexamined reevaluated and challenged for relevance and efficacy.


Discussion/Meeting, etc Friday 2 October 2009

posted Oct 3, 2009, 4:36 AM by Clayton Mitchell

Sebastian, Lucian and I met last night and shared a lot of thoughts about alternate living forms, communities, others and ours included.

It was really valuable for me to communicate and share.  I think many others can join in on a more regular basis and that would be very healthy.

A main focal point for me was positive-solution oriented approaches to problems we are facing.

Sebastian shared a discussion technique he once learned in some group setting where people team in partners; one relates a perspective or idea for some time and then the other must summarise what the other has told them to the group, and asking the originator if their synopsis is accurate and it continues from there.
It seems to me a useful exercise for certain forms of problem solving and requires people to listen and understand eachother.

I proposed a method of discussion or group problem solving whereby. people who meet on a regular basis discuss only one issue that can be short or long-term in solution process.  Their regular or constant contact is necessary, otherwise one per evening won't satisfy the demands of their interaction.

Essentially a topic or theme is suggested and participants only speak to the end of resolving or considering the issues directly relevant.  It could expedite solution processes for very specific or even long term issues.

We all taked about the issue of people doing what they say they would and how that relates directly to caring; about eachother, about the project, etc.

Also, the root of the project.  THE basic workshop which is realising an alternate living form and how that is fundamentally relevant.

If I missed something ,let me know.
This is meant as summary, not minutes.

Weekly Plan 28 September - 5 October 2009 Clayton

posted Oct 1, 2009, 11:56 AM by Clayton Mitchell   [ updated Oct 1, 2009, 2:04 PM ]

as always

I would invite everyone to practice what I call non-violent communication - Assertive, not agressive or passive.  It means being open with yourself as well as others and refusing the dominion of insecurity.



I HAVE
I have been going to the Bread Dumpster at least once a week
I have been going to the Turkish Market once a week

I WILL

I will do a sustainable amount of project work and development every day and week
 - I will partly self schedule this
I will begin designing a workshop about useful media design that promotes or stimulates common sense.
I will do my part to finalise my dealings with the government bureaucracies once and for all/WELL, atleast for this next 12 months.
I will not be scraping pennies soon / A month of work DOES pay off
I will start A Project History and consult everyone for assistance
I will continue to look for suitable project spaces to accommodate for our growth.
I will challenge everyone to examine their own reasons for being a part of this
I will Encourage people to use the website as an effective tool
I will Discourage people from making rigid structures but not by opposing them, rather by invading their process and offering my own input so that is bears the unmistakeable mark of my influence.

I will find time to begin my workshops planned months ago and deferred for the sake of filling cracks instead of building foundations
I will sponsor a renaming of the OUTBOX to the FOUND BOX
 WHY?
 Because the name and premise is inaccurate
 WHY
 According the originators of the idea, the real reason is to promote better management of space and not leaving items in such a way that interfere with the movement of others>cut down on clutter
 Also, the connection with throwing peoples things away is not the intent of the box according to everyone and it is important to be accurate in our actions so that they reflect our actual intentions> i.e. no clutter
 
 MANY HAVE SO FAR AGREED TO THIS

The FOUND box is just a tool; a place to put things when we don't know where they belong and they happen to be in the way of reasonable movement.  The objects will be spread out on the living room floor once weekly, and those uncollected will be stored in the Keller.  If you find anything unfair about this method of maintaining a clear living space, please propose a modifcation to this or ask me to help you devise your own. 
 
I will pee so soon as my bladder notifies me that it's necessary

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There seems to be a great deal of talk about things being unclear .  If people documented their activities on this website then there would be no uncertainty about involvement or *buzzword* contribution. 
People can also agree that written signs in our physical space are equal to written communication on the web site so long as they promote common sense and personal and collective responsiblity
 - Weights and Measures and SIgns and Symbols are useful in concert with eachother.
    Thus - Posting temporary signs can be useful AND not invade the realm of common sense, so long as they ... don't invade the realm of common sense.

Also I discovered that rather than debating the merits of an action it is often more productive to participate and offer your own input in the action, insodoing coming to a common solution.  As I said, by invading the process, you guarantee a solution that meets all needs and it is a productive and CREATIVE measure to involve yourself in things rather than opposing them.
It also means that you and others make something TOGETHER.
It can save a lot of time to simply become a part of something if you want to change how it operates.

Example > Instead of "hell no" think " ok, let's get started! how do we begin"

It is important to accept and recognize also that there is a world outside of these walls and it is the intention of many to participate from without, so we should be inclusive by also using the web as a forum if we care about this aspect of the project; i.e. sharing it with those outside the apartment, which in  itself is not THE project but only a part.
....

I gave a talk about BEING WELCOME after I returned, which was inspired by Morocco and I want to follow through with that by sharing a creative project that involves perhaps. "Self Reference>Merhaba"
Wood Working
Drawing
maybe more.
I will relate my welcoming experiences in Morocco here further.

I am at this moment tending to financial issues and Jeremy is also.  separate post for details 
 . Gathering data
 . Remember to speak with Christian again about spreadsheet

Talk further to people about HISTORY MATTERS
................
Personal notes to expand on this week

I am planning a series of seminars or lectures about alternate living forms.
Alernate to >
Standard forms of living
 i.e. alone or in a shared flat where everyone is very separate and doesn't interact on a honestly personal level
It is called
MATTERS
---------------
OF HISTORY(THE HISTORY OF THE FORMATION OF PROJECT VOLUNTEERING)
 - I have asked for help from others, namely Lucian and Manuel. 
 - It will focus mostly on pure facts and also feature personal motivations
RELATE MORE ON THE FOLLOWING LATER

OF IDEAS

OF PEOPLE AND PRINCIPLEs
"principles are important and plans are relevant but once they prevent you from caring DIRECTLY about people, they cease to become relevant; even principles that are designed to highlight people as being of ultimate priority"

OF THE PRESENT AND OF THE FUTURE
 - OF ORGANISATION - OF COMMITTMENT


I will invite many people from Berlin and the world to hear what I and we have to say as well as take part in the more discussion-oriented seminars

LAST WEEK



I HAVE RETURNED.
After a period of travel and recollection, then self-imposed direct interaction without analysis I have now returned.
Plan. Roger and I update and track monastic and monetary concerns.  We also practise openness together.
Ich lerne Deutsch und Franzoesisch
Ich arbeite,schreibe,lehre,lerne,bin, liebe.
Hausputzen usw. mit Dt Erde und was anders.  
Bugs toten.. leider statt Leute stoeren.

Also I would invite everyone to practice what I call non-violent communication - Assertive, not agressive or passive.  It means being open with yourself as well as others and refusing the dominion of insecurity.

The Fog of War / A document on film

posted Sep 29, 2009, 1:49 AM by Clayton Mitchell

I recommend we watch this film>
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fog_of_War
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fog_of_War
It is about this man>
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_McNamara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_McNamara

If no one can find and procure it I will do it myself and present it as a film night!  This is meant to foster understanding and discussion

Weekly Plan 21 - 27 September 2009 Clayton

posted Sep 23, 2009, 8:49 AM by Clayton Mitchell

I HAVE RETURNED.
After a period of travel and recollection, then self-imposed direct interaction without analysis I have now returned.
Plan. Roger and I update and track monastic and monetary concerns.  We also practise openness together.
Ich lerne Deutsch und Franzoesisch
Ich arbeite,schreibe,lehre,lerne,bin, liebe.
Hausputzen usw. mit Dt Erde und was anders.  
Bugs toten.. leider statt Leute stoeren.

Also I would invite everyone to practice what I call non-violent communication - Assertive, not agressive or passive.  It means being open with yourself as well as others and refusing the dominion of insecurity.




Weekly Plan 13 - 19 July 2009 Clayton

posted Jul 13, 2009, 7:47 AM by Clayton Mitchell

I've checked out.  I am here but not here. 
My plan for this week

prepare for my departure, the long term one, on the 20th
prepare for my potential departure, the short term segueway leading into the long term one, on the 15th

solve the keys issue - DONE
prepare secret I love everyone creation 
file my successful preparations for September HR info sessions with a smile and hopefully people will take an interest enough in the first one to make it ongoing.
daan.. one or two fingers?
ensure financial shit is left in willing hands.

peace out to the world and i will see you all soon.

love,

Clayton        

HELP

posted Jul 1, 2009, 5:53 AM by Clayton Mitchell   [ updated Jul 1, 2009, 5:59 AM ]

Hi Guys::
The house needs a touchup

I am creating a spontaneous workshop for Today and Tomorrow
It is called aufräumorganizata.

The mission
Clean

OK.

I need volunteers to 

Clean the Kitchen
Living room
bathrooms
mop the front hallway

Tidy up the Work room and leave Clayton's disgusting pile of disorganized cupboard space for him.

Don't touch the common private room.  Paul has some delicate art supplies in there and it isn't fair if they are displaced.  I have an agreement to consult with him prior to touching things that I don't explictely know the ownership of.
This is reasonable.

It is also not so messy in there.

Also

Please help me make a list of things to buy at Rewe

TIP: ORGANISE YOURSELVES INTO TEAMS;  THE WORK GOES MORE QUICKLY AND IS ACTUALLY ENJOYABLE.  Also, involve short term residents, a.k.a guests in the process.  It will be spiritually enlightening.

Week Plan 29 June - 05 July 2009 Clayton

posted Jul 1, 2009, 5:52 AM by Clayton Mitchell   [ updated Jul 1, 2009, 10:47 PM ]

Marshall Troops.    
Unavailable from Thursday to Sunday.  Recovering from sickness in a sanitarium of my choosing.

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