We have opened applications for two 2014 sessions. One in August/September in Chatham, NY and one in October/November in Asheville, NC. It looks like ELL is expanding.
There are other groups who have been scheming about opening an ELL in their town. Let us know if you are too!
We had a mini-session of ELL that was focused much more on our own internal development of facilitation resources and software tools for long-term support of our venture. Over the course of the session we had about 10 people participate. Our time was split between Chatham, NY and Great Barrington, MA.
Our inward focus meant our social media channels remained pretty quiet during this development period, and we're still working on getting the things we documented and built into a useful format to share. We're hoping our work during that session will make it easier for other groups to start and facilitate ELL sessions.
We're getting ready for our fall ELL intensive session where we'll be focused on developing StreamScapes -- tools for the next internet, economy, and evolution of humanity (organized into new coherent social organisms).
It starts in October, and if you think you want to be involved let us know ASAP because we're lining up housing and other logistics now. We're still looking for developers and UX/UI/Graphics folks.
We'll be posting info about all this soon when the StreamScapes crowdfunding campaign launches.
On Wednesday we got a chance to sit down together and cover some important ground. What's the daily pattern? The weekly pattern? And importantly, what's the arc of the whole 8 weeks? In the morning we answered the first two in a really conversational mode, figuring out as we went, and in the afternoon Eric and Arthur prepared the whiteboards for the big download about the whole 8 week trajectory. Click through the link for a video recording of most of it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8F6vIo5RTE.
With yesterday being mostly for doing people pickups, today has been our first day with many of us in the space. We made huge progress including mopped floors (much needed!), a tour of Solaqua, and desk setup. Here's a picture that I managed to capture when almost everyone who was at the lab at the time was in! - Connor
It's the Sunday before ELL official starts its 2013 session. It's looking like there may regularly be 15-20 people for meals, so food production has to be scaled considerably to match the food consumption.
A brave leader on that front here is Eric Bear (pictured left), who dove head first into conversations at places like Our Daily Bread in Chatham about our project, asking a question kind of like: 'do you have any plentitude, that you could share with us, to support the work that we're doing?'. We took this picture to remind ourselves of the abundance that the universe can bring, through the generosity of people. All of the local chicken, local beef and abundant greens seen in this picture were donated to the project.
The six weeks are over. Makers are headed home; we are now focused on working on the starter kit to make easy to start Emerging Leader Labs anywhere, and we'll be posting the dates of our next two sessions shortly!
We had a fabulous Open House with great presentations from our particpants, meaningful engagement with the community, and even a cool mural got painted!
Last couple days we've been busy preparing for the Open House Showcase!
Today we spent the morning weeding beets and brasicas at Little Seed Gardens, a local farm! Ahh, dirt on our hands...
Several stimulating visitors through the labs in recent days. Lots of support and enthusiasm for the ELL vision, and looking into how it will cross-pollinate and spread. Setting some "open office hours" now to host more of these conversations ahead!
Just recorded a lively session of on-the-spot p2p storytelling, to brush up skills for effective audience engagement around our project work. Funny, and fault-ridden--a great training mirror!
Met to share our intentions and motives for the public "user experience" of our Labs website. Exciting ideas about a "virtual organism" that conveys both refined value/product, and authentic shared experience/process, in an engaging, visceral way.
Today we did rounds of sharing our projects, with time limits, answering a series of questions about our projects. We recorded video and may share some soon.
Last floor is painted. The barren stripped walls are "upholstered" with crazy cloth. The whiteboards are hung. The workspace is up and running!
Seed Project participants are familiarizing with the WAGN wiki platform to bring an increasing flow of information and value to the surface for peer / public appreciation and involvement. Keep an eye on this box for latest Happenings!
Our minds are working hard and now our bodies are activated as well. We've started jogging in the afternoons, gorgeus roads, nature everywhere, great energy.
We are now creating in The Mill next to the river and the train tracks outside Chatham. The office space is functional for the first time in 16 years!