Oohoohoo… I don’t know where to start but one thing is clear:
Thank you all here and in the other threats for voicing what you hold.
Maybe I can approach that subject of “money” and compensation as well as transparency and communication a little different (took up a lot of space though, so feel free to just jump to the informative part).
First disclosure: I’m part of the RE “Core Team” and was present in most of the meetings leading to here.
Maybe a little history story would help to bring some context.
Chapter 0 - Inception
During the late winter of 2021 in the groves of Samara a group met in the morning sun to sense into the future. Here the seed for a space to architect and alchemize the Regenerative Renaissance was born.
After a few months of visioning and sensing the SEEDS Elder Rieki brought this seed to the greater SEEDS space on Discord by announcing that soon he will invite people who are interested in nurturing this seed into an Academy for Architects.
Captor 1 - Birth
In April a few people followed that invitation and started refining the idea around the Architects Academy. Leading to it’s evolution to include alchemists and storytellers in it’s essence and finding a new identity as Renaissance Explorers.
These first explorers split into three groups to build the Outer Space, the Inner Space and Storytelling Space as foundation of the Renaissance Explorers.
In weekly gatherings these groups redefined themselves, gained new companions and parted with others. In this process a core of explorers with the heart to keep moving crystallized and took shape.
With a rudimentary definition of the Renaissance Explorers Reiki wanted to start inviting other people, regardless of background and knowledge to join as explorers, bringing with them diverse skills, experiences and perspectives. Essential elements to explore the inner workings of the SEEDS universe from every angle.
The core of explorers was tasked with creating this opportunity, without much materials and tools or time.
Chapter 3 - Setting Sail
After a month the Renaissance Explorers managed to build a ship, barely holding itself together, with wet paint and nails sticking out. Only the bravest would take on a journey into the unknown with such a vehicle.
But it promised adventure! New discoveries, a chance to leave the old world behind and explore the richness of unknown possibilities! And treasures and honor along the way.
The ship with it’s three masts was setting sail.
Onboard the brave souls started their journey joyfully and full of vigor. Veteran members took care of the sails, checked the compass and keeping course yet there was no captain but in appearance only, no allocation of the quarters and the storage room was empty.
Many new explorers were full of drive, with their own dreams and hopes. Yet, where to direct the energies behind that.
Every 7 days the crew of the ship would start by sensing, connecting with the stars and envisioning their path forward. Followed by a day of going to shore exploring the Lands of SEEDS, experiencing it’s blessings and pitfalls. On the campfire everyone shared their stories, the treasures they found, the dangers they faced and the maps they made.
But the a bit more experienced core explorers knew that the ship in it’s current state won’t suffice to take everyone far beyond the known. While facilitating these three days of exploration they tried to find new ways to provide the explorers with what they need, whilst also needing to navigate without a map or compass or ship strong enough to weather the currents ahead.
Only by holding on to the steering wheel focused on the general direction guided by their stars they continued.
First necessity were quarters for the explorers to be comfortable, to mingle and spark conversations.
But it was clear that soon resources and gear will be needed to embark further into the misty areas of the world.
Chapter 4 - Unknown Waters
For many this journey was taxing. Over 80 people started this journey but soon many started to stay on the ship to attend to their needs, to fish, or simply to recharge.
Soon the uncertainty of this journey came more and more to the forefront. It became clear that the route was unknown, the ship was still under construction and the resources to sustain all explorers were yet to be found.
Many of the explorers realized that not all of their hopes and dreams are easily obtainable. What they assumed was not the reality of things.
There was no leader, no gear for explorations, no guidelines, no harmonious core group with a refined master plan hording resources. Only the unknown.
Oh, that’s enough
The last chapters where probably unnecessary since I still have to dive more into detail, but I hope you enjoyed it and got a feeling :))
A more informative summary
There is no defined Renaissance Explorers. We have no clear structure and agreements in place to co-create and support our explorations together. Only heart and soul.
The Core Team was shaped out of all the once dedicated to this endeavor from the beginning in April. It carried the ship and tried to create all of what was needed while also already facing the wild waters.
Many things have happened without consensus even within the so called Core Team in the face of uncertainty and impending challenges.
In fact RE had three Core Teams, one for each space, that had trouble organizing fully before the RE started but after another month the uncertainty around funding and compensation drove us into the need to reorganize into one.
While all of that was happening, there wasn’t an official Zoom account (still isn’t) to use, record, store and share these sessions. There wasn’t a clear path forward that even made sense to share and wouldn’t change in the next 24hrs.
Only the big picture of what the RE are here to do was clear, but something the Core Team had trouble communicating well it seems.
The Core Team is here to prepare the foundation and facilitate the space to enable what the RE wants to do
This is the state right now. This one Core Team still doesn’t have a clearly agreed on master plan, how the funds are managed and who is going to receive what.
The use of the Proposals, be it to Hypha or to the Seedizens, are not set in stone as it might seem. It will be up to all of us to eventually agree on how we use these funds.
But before that we also need some kind of structure in place to facilitate these processes. To have clear pathways to go on Explorations, to take on ‘roles’ and get support for it.
So that we can deal with a proposal like @Bart s without exclusion.
That is what the Core Team is meant to do.
The last Core Team meeting, which in fact was the first Core Team meeting in which all members were present, was recorded and hopefully is still somewhere safe so we can share it with everyone soon.
It will give a better feeling for everything.
In the end I guess if you already feel frustrated around this topic I think it is easy to see how the people feel about it after almost 4 months in such a state
So please @Kath.PlanetHive don’t feel bad expressing yourself. You are not the cause for frustration, tension or any other seemingly negative vibes.