Conversations in Boulder
I first heard about Brian the first time I came to Boulder when a housing co-op resident told me I should talk to the "Startup Guru". I met him at a happy hour mixer at Fuse on the Riverside, a co-working space and business incubator. We started talking about my Regenerative Dynamics model and his Coism model and it was quickly obvious that we were talking about the same thing. We ran into each other again at a Halloween party at The Integral Center where he helped me come up with a one sentence explanation of my incubator for people who don't understand my jargon. We met again and talked for a couple of hours about how we can join forces. I am very excited to continue the relationship.
Robert is the Director of The Integral Center. I talked to him about my idea for a business incubator there and he was really excited about it. We started to work out how to make it synergistic with what is already going on there. I look forward to continuing the conversation and making the incubator a regular fixture in the center.
Michael is a Holacracy practitioner who runs the meetings at The Integral Center. He helped me figure out some aspects of a structure for an organization to run multiple incubators. He also invited me to attend one of their tactical meetings which was awesome.
Lewis works for Holacracy One, programming their software, Glassfrog. Arthur Brock connected us and we met twice to talk about using Holacracy in business incubation. He helped me figure out how to use Glassfrog to demonstrate structures for businesses including my own.
I found Willie on Craigslist when I was looking for a web designer to help me make my website, RegenerativeDynamics.org. He is also into Permaculture and trying to start up his web design company. He has helped me tremendously with my website and come to my incubator meetings where he has been a great contributor.
Ariane is my Main Advisor at Gaia University. She is working on designing food production, social, and economic systems with Permaculture in her own community in Scotland and teaching Ecovillage design. We have a monthly skype session where we talk about my goals and progress in my pathway at Gaia U. Below are the notes from our advisor meetings for this output packet.
Simha is another Gaia University Associate who has been working on improving the online user experience for Gaia U Associates. I talked to him about improving the Activity Hub on Mahara and having more Google Hangouts for associates to expand their relationships with each other. We had several great conversations in Google Hangouts about user interface design and community building.
Tommy is an associate at Gaia U working on a software project to use existing open source programs to create a social network/learning marketplace/portfolio sharing system for self-directed learning. I have wanted something like this for my incubator participants and am interested in partnering with him to make it happen. Below are the notes from our first meeting.
Ava is an associate and an employee of Gaia U who was at the North American Permaculture Convergence and lives in Boulder. We've hung out a few times since since I moved to Boulder and talked about our projects. I'm thankful to have her as an ally and friend.
Conversations at the NAPC
I got to meet Andrew in person at the North American Permaculture Convergence. We talked about designing economic and governance systems to be regenerative. We agreed to work together on a project collecting information and testing dynamic governance and project management systems.
I got to meet Jennifer in person at the North American Permaculture Convergence. We worked together on the Financial Permaculture working group and presentation. We talked about the Financial Permaculture movement and continuing to work together with the Financial Permaculture Institute.
I met Avery at the North American Permaculture Convergence. He is a Permaculture designer with a lot of projects in the Denver area who is working on starting a Permaculture business using Holacracy. We had some great conversations about Permaculture business models and potential markets. He came to the incubator alpha testing and contributed to the structure and content of the incubator group.
I met Elizabeth at the North American Permaculture Convergence where she was a part of the Financial Permaculture working group. She has land in Eerie, Colorado that she wants to turn into a Permaculture demonstration farm, not far from Boulder. We connected about the need for business incubation in the Permaculture community and she has been an active part of my incubator since the beginning. She has also helped me work on my website since she is a web designer by profession.
I met Kaedden at the North American Permaculture Convergence. He has been a Gaia U associate in the past and is wanting to buy land in Colorado to make a Permaculture farm and music venue. He helped me out by bringing my stuff to Colorado from Olathe, Kansas. He came into Boulder shortly after I moved here and we talked about business models for intentional communities. He may be a participant in my incubator after he moves to Colorado.