Challenge: Publish Everyday of November

So it’s National Novel Writing Month and as is my way I am not writing a novel but instead committing to publish one blog post per day. This intention setting post is a meta level (and cheap) first post.

Another thing I’ve started to do is track my time, like I did when I was doing more paid work. I use a tool called slim timer to track time. So far it’s working pretty good.

This week I was out at Acorn community where I taught a few people about using Kanbans and then created these two one-pager documents about Gameshifting and Kanbans.

You can get the most up-to-date PDF version here
You can get the most up-to-date PDF version here
You can get the most up-to-date PDF version here
You can get the most up-to-date PDF version here

I’ll give these their own post soon.

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ALF Integration Path First Look

We’ve been discussing ALF membranes recently. With the ALF website coming online and the network growing, being able to define who is an ALF and what kind of ALF they are is getting to be increasingly important. At it’s base there is a need to validate and recognize that people understand and embody our roots, principles, and practices. There is also a need to create membranes of trust so that as our network grows we can better identify who has what skills and who should be a part of which conversations.

Currently we are using tongue-in-cheek working titles to describe a “baking” process where new ALFs start as Eggs, become Kneaded, get baked, then move on to become muffin holders and muffin tins.

The following chart describes each area and level of ALFing (source):

I am I have already I agree to The Network agrees to
Egg declared intention -fill out online form saying “I have an interest in learning to ALF”
-Not a spam bot
-Read about ALC
-Be open to communication with the Network
-Collect form submissions
-give feedback to that person
-shares the info on that form with others in the Network
Kneaded Been invited into an ALC space to participate -To begin practicing being an ALF
-honor agreements (general & specific to community)
-schedule keeping
Provides support for Cake Holders to exisit (Cake holders work with rising ALFs, not necessarly Network, obviously there may be some exceptions here)
Baked ALF Has been declared “Baked” through the process of a peer review -Creates shareable value (blog, youtube video, speaking at alternative ed events, etc)
-participate in ongoing collaboration
-abide by ALF Network CMB
-model tool use and principales embodiment (to support RAs)
-Brands you as “baked”
-Adds you to ALF email list & weekly calls
-Invited to contribute in ALF Summer
I am Cake Holder Muffin Tin Network Holder
I have Started holidng space or coherence for a domain:
-ALC entity
-ALF Summer
-ALC Facilitation
-ability to translate tools & practices in different contexts / ability to facilitate facilitators -focus on supporting, nurtureing, growing the ALC network
I agree to -Support RAs & BAs
-be responsible for space/domain
-refrain from dogmatisim
-support CHs
-support CHs and MTs
-organize trainings
-outward faces of Network
The Network agrees to -Stay in conversation about needs and available resources
-Affirms your efficacy through peer review process annually

Notice how the chart at first describes a linear process, one moves from Egg to Kneaded, to Baked. Then the diagram shifts to describe how an ALF can choose to move into different areas of focus. This whole process is very unusual. We are trying to create a structure that doesn’t grant people authority over others but opens the possibility for individuals to attain high levels of trust in the community.

In an attempt to make this process more clear I’ve created a flow chart that describes the path an individual takes from being a normal person to becoming an ALF. 



I would appreciate feedback!

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Introducing the Slider Drawer Widget Area

Now available on all ALC Network websites is a plugin I recently created called Slide Out Widget Drawer (Click here to download the latest .zip), all you need to do is activate it from your site’s plugins area. It’s a simple widget area that can be displayed by clicking a tab on the left edge of a site. You can see an example on my site, just look for the “donate” tab on the left. I’ve also implemented it on the main network site.

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What’s really cool about the slider drawer is that you set the tab’s title using the title of the top most widget! On the Network site I used this feature along with the Display Widgets plugin to show different widgets to logged in users and normal users. So when you are not logged in you’ll see a “contact” tab, while logged in users see “support” tab.

Clicking the tab will reveal the widget area.

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If you have any questions or find bugs please comment here, or if you’re really cool, submit a report to the project’s GitHub page.

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Conditional Rights

How do we share ownership online? I want this website to be shared, but it’s currently locked up inside my head and inside my user’s privileges. I am the admin of this website, I have all the keys and can turn all the nobs. Each subsequent admin must go through me, pass my test of trust, to join me at this seat (or little stool) of power.

This is how you end up with a whole bunch of people just like me in power. What if all of us, the users of this site, granted the power? It wouldn’t totally solve the problem (the server, for instance) but it would dramatically increase the amount of possible co-ownership.

I had the idea to simply show everyone’s user privileges, sort of like this:


Each member giving or taking away any number of privileges, almost like an up or down vote. You kept the power if you maintained the right ratio of up votes to down votes.

Then, while reaching out for ideas on the subject, I received this nugget of insight:

Conditional rights (Of course!). The community sets the conditions for any user to wield responsibility in the space.

  • They could be technical, e.g. must know how to SSH into a remote server or have completed
  • Is recognized as a Facilitator by nother Facilitators.
  • Went to ALF Summer.
  • etc.

With the proper level of community trust and some foresight in how conditions are set you could submit blog posts to satisfy most conditions. Some conditions might require other people comment on your blog or write posts about you.

I could envision a system that starts out as YAML inserted into posts, like so:

confirm-user: @tomis
role: Facilitator

Then Tom would have my endorsement and be closer to filling the proper condition. Rather than what happened in real life where I simply made him a super admin!

What would be really snazzy is if people could write and submit formulas (code) that would perform these tasks.

I think this would make a great WordPress plugin.