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Seeking Authors for SCODzine!

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, Philosophy, Poems, Rhymes, Riddles, SCOD Online School, SCOD Status Update Reports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2014 by Drogo

‘Grass Root Words’ is a Naturalist periodical journal for essays, poems, and short-stories on inspirational themes like history, education, evolution, environmentalism, civil rights, philosophy, arts, and discoveries in science. Contributing authors include all ages; alive or dead; famous or infamous. This is like a grass-roots ‘Leaves of Grass’, except anyone can be in it, not just Walt Whitman.

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Volunteer authors can email me (Drogo) drogo76@hotmail or find me on Facebook and send their short writings (poems, essays, or short stories) for ‘Grass Roots Words’ SCODzine Kindle ebook collections. I will publish anything less than a page that fits! Send your writing any-time because late-comers will just be added to a later issue.

Grassroots – any organic social group supporting at least one common cause, as opposed to a movement that is organized by official power structures. Many local volunteers in various places can lead to massive unified parties, like patches of grass.

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Future of SCOD

Posted in Cooperatives / Communities / Networks / Travels, Organic Development, SCOD Council, Sustainability with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2014 by Drogo

“Sometimes i think about the future of SCOD. It is very much a reality for me. i have been involved with another group of friends that originally began as a book study group based on the works of Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael and later, his other books. This evolved into a discussion group concerned with cultural collapse, environmental collapse and sustainability. This group of friends has maintained relationships with one another since 1997. Many, many people have come and gone in the group, partially due to the mobility of our culture. We had a picnic in the park today and talked about how we came into the group and what made us stay. Over the years we’ve talked about deepening our commitment through tribal ventures, community, etc. None of that has really happened on a grand scale but what has survived is the give support-get support that Quinn talks about in his books.
That brings me to SCOD. i was drawn to SCOD because of the similarities. We don’t have the luxury of physical closeness that my orignal group has (although some of us in our Ishmael group are several miles from each other) since SCODians are spread all over the country… and some outside the country. However, because of the internet we are able to share things on a daily basis. We can ask for advice, learn new things, share our own experiences and ideas. …or just be there if someone needs a friend. Developing local groups is the best way to create commitment, but not always feasible. The SCOD village and pub would make a huge difference as a place to bring all these practices into fruition. There are so many talented, active, caring, sharing people in this group and it would be awesome to get lots of them together in one place.

It is my hope that for those of you that are able, to reach out and be there for each other. As time goes by you will find it is one of the best investments you’ve made in your life. But for now i am content to have all of you people as my friends. Thank you for enriching my life so much and helping me to continue to grow.”

– Karen Boe

Disagreements

Posted in Critical Commentary of Civilization, SCOD Council with tags , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2013 by Drogo

Debates, arguments, discussions, differences of opinions, spats

SCOD encompasses science, art, history, agriculture, architecture, etc. based on active member consensus, but SCOD Facebook Group is NOT A DEBATE FORUM. The purpose of the SCOD FB Group is to educate the public and find new potential members with the desire to sustain mutual cooperation on scod projects.

SCOD is styles, fashions, movements, and the ways in which our lives interact, and are affected by theories, thoughts, dreams, and ideas. Worlds of scientific laws, and worlds of artistic impressions meet at SCOD; somewhere between psychology and philosophy. Most of the important debates have been debated, and we have arrived at various conclusions, which we are acting on, towards achieving scod theory goals.

We must find ways to support each-others’ projects, in what ever ways we can. Most important is positive feed-back, and emotional support for people; because criticism is so common in daily life for most people that are different. Diversity in projects is important, and I want people to be able to do things, and proudly say it is in keeping with SCOD.

SCOD is less about Dogma, and more about Love, Freedom, Nature, and Art. Those who have the responsibility to protect the group, some-times need to make decisions to excuse disruptive chaotic characters from group activities, to allow them to function more independently. This will allow the group to co-create substantially, and let individuals that disagree to do their own thing, as part of SCOD or not.

I believe in asking questions, rather than the popular trend of making fun of free-thinkers or rejecting differences. What one person sees as true, another might see as false; even if they are actually seeing the same thing but calling it by a different name. Theories become reality, and reality can become theory, and fiction can be based on either. Language is complex in that we are always ‘translating’ or interpreting what we think other people are saying with words that they think they are saying, which vary at different moments in time depending on mood, circumstances, and context.

The only danger I can see regarding allowing questions and ideas that others think are false, would be in acting on false theories, at personal risk. For example thinking that all police are androids, and so we try to deactivate their power source located in their groin area. But we do not always act on our thoughts or opinions. Otherwise I like to entertain all theories that I can, and actively pursue the theories that I think are worth it.

Also, the person that posts something may have complex opinions regarding the post. In some cases the person posting may think the post is false, and are just either being funny, trying to be rude, or curious about how other people will respond. So i tend to let things go if i can, and mainly encourage as much posting of interesting things as possible… with few exceptions, such as spam, repeats, industrial commercials, etc… Debating is important, and can be a great event, however I think it is good to be specific about details when challenging someone else’s posts. Opinions are personal, just like art, no matter if it is seen as “true” or “false”, that is why it is more important to respect the feelings of other members, rather than risk wasting tons of time by debating one issue. If people want to argue more than compromise, i recommend forming a separate debate group, make their own blog post, or carry on privately.

In our Cooperative, do not worry so much about responding to every annoyance or conflict. I would rather we focus individually on feeling good, rather than arguing with others. We should take care of each-other, with compassion; and take time out for ourselves for meditations and healing our health. Contributing members should be free to post things that express their own opinions, even if sometimes the posts are not agreeable to others sometimes; but an organic line can be drawn between major and minor disagreements; and the ability to distinguish is an ART not a science.

“We must act, though our efforts be imperfect. The path to sustainable energy will be hard, but we must do it.” – Obama on the radio during 2nd Inauguration.

Do what you like to do, and it will be good. SCOD will be there for us, because it is the space where the play takes place, and the play itself. In that way, everything we do counts. Diversity is important, and so we provide a haven for people that are not with popular opinion, whether it is science, art, religion, or culture. Our membership numbers are fed by our tolerance rather than our exclusiveness. SCOD may someday have a membership of zero, but it will not be for lack of trying. There must be a balance of questioning and decision making; and that must be determined by the active members who accept that responsibility.

SCOD members come and go, and those of us willing to lead, must also make a point to thank all those who advance and add to SCOD, even those who leave the group despite having been major contributors. Wishing well, blessed be. Thank you!   – Drogo

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SCOD Membership Level Duties

Posted in SCOD Council with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 8, 2013 by Drogo

Associate: discuss, share, and work on ideas, designs, and projects.

Regular: frequently discuss, share, and work on ideas, designs, and projects.

Council: (regular duties with additional)

Frequently discuss, share, and work on ideas, designs, and projects.

Attend the monthly meetings, and vote.

Term is perpetual (meeting attendance based)

President: (regular duties with additional)

Frequently discuss, share, and work on ideas, designs, and projects.

Conduct the monthly meetings, and vote. If the vote is a tie, arbitrate.

Communicate and advertise: post notices, send messages, write reports, and advocate about projects, events, and meetings before and after.

Term is Seasonal (voted by Council)

Presidents can be self-proposed recommendations or proposed recommendations by others. All presidential candidates should be notified (if not self-proposed), and certain they want to try to be president, before the vote. The winning candidate becomes president upon completion of the vote, or arbitration if needed. If no other candidates are nominated, the current President automatically stays on until the next Seasonal Election time (etc).

this proposal was passed, unanimous vote January 2013

SCOD 2012 – Report 12

Posted in SCOD Status Update Reports with tags , , , , , , , on January 7, 2013 by Drogo

SCOD Facebook Group Report 2012 – December (Year in Review)

Fellow SCOD Members, as predicted (Chinese Zodiac) 2012 was a successful Year of the Dragon for me, and the world did not end (yet). As far as individual member news, for me the highlight was when I was asked to help brother Cordite to marry his partner MB in Wisconsin. Best Wedding Ever. As far as SCOD business goes, we are still entirely tribal, with no legal status or license; but that is ok because we have never had enough active members to need such things (yet). Also SCOD has no treasury funds, but again that is ok, as we still need to develop by-laws for investments and related fiscal functions. Which brings me to the main SCOD news for 2012; we now have a SCOD Council!

Yes in 2012 we democratically voted to form a Council! This will help to elect SCOD Presidents, and make all major decisions; including by-laws, restructuring, and additions to the Constitution. Alternative methods of motivation will help to keep SCOD alive, healthy, and active. Alternative motivation techniques are important, since we do not have main-stream methods like funds for pay, or membership dues.

In years past, we have tried to have regular SCOD meetings, and regular SCOD newsletters. The newsletters were more successful, because I was able to write and send a plethora of reports over the years. Meetings were less successful, as there have been only a few official SCOD meetings since the Pipedream was founded in the 1990’s.

Facebook is currently the largest forum for all SCOD Members, and it is those Active Members that will form the first SCOD Council. Those that do not attend regular meetings to vote, cannot be on the Council; but those unwilling and those unable to attend can remain SCOD Members as they wish. The purposes of having a Council are several. One reason for a Council is to develop organic and sustainable cooperative projects, and refining existing ones. Another reason is to reward Active Members with a resume title, and train them to be a SCOD President.

SCOD Political Responsibilities should be kept easy, to allow SCOD to continue to function on a volunteer level. Suggestions include having a monthly meeting, group reports, and group projects. The monthly meeting would be held by using our FB Group Chat. Group reports can be kept simple (based on this format). Projects include whatever we can get around to at the time.

One new project is designing a Victorian Pipedream Pub. The “SCOD Victorian Revival Tavern” could either be an urban townhouse pub style, or rural mansion. Victorian styles are obviously more popular, and several people have suggested because of steam-punk, and the high technology and design (relative to my former medieval based project). I feel at home with Victorian style, since I have been surrounded with Victorian style all my life. We will need volunteer writers and illustrators, but if all you have is a penny’s worth of ideas, that will do too. We are more likely to find investors to manifest a Victorian SCOD, here is to a more abundant future!

Note:  In 2012 we also established SCOD Music: Creative Collaborative, and published numerous projects online.

SCOD Council Meetings

Posted in SCOD Council with tags , , , , on January 2, 2013 by Drogo

SCOD Council Founded 2012

SCOD Council First Meeting 2013

SCOD Council meetings will be at 8:00 PM on Facebook SCOD Group page and chat, the first Mondays of every month.

These decisions were determined by democratic vote on SCOD Facebook Group, by poll. 6 votes, unanimous.

First 8 Council Members:  Mihai, Burr, Drogo, Mark, Steph, Jeffie, Cheri, Beamer

 

SCOD Council shall mimic the structure that existing intentional communities have (not just organizations), and make it clear which members are active contributors (previously labels such as SCOD Associative Member were unclear as many Associated Members were more active than some of the older members).

SCOD Council was established for the purposes of developing organic and sustainable cooperative projects, and refining existing ones; by democratic process and discipline.

SCOD FaceBook Group will act as the virtual meeting room for SCOD Council (until otherwise noted). This is currently the largest forum for all SCOD Members. Rules are yet to be determined, but here are some ideas:

  • Those that do not attend regularly (?) to vote cannot be on the Council, but will remain SCOD Members as they wish.
  • Duties of Council
  • Duties of Presidents
  • Voting

(more to be added later)

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