ALF Cheat Sheet v 0.3

I’ve updated the ALC Network Cheat Sheet and updated it to a more accurate title. The updates better describe some of the communication channels, add the new ALC WORKS! Trello board (formally the projects board) and bring in a whole new column that describes protocol in the network around what channels and infrastructure are used for what kind of activity. I am drawing from a number of sources such as @tomis’s Network Ecosystem Charter and the Virtual Culture Committee process which have not been widely agreed upon in the network. That means this document does NOT represent the consensus of the network, but my interpretation of it and how it might be soon. With that disclaimer out of the way, have a look (after the jump) and please leave your comments! 



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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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Look at these awesome ALC websites!

I just wanted to show off some of the awesome websites in our network. At the bottom I’ll talk a little bit about the tools that these web sites use.

ALC Mosaic

( The Mosaic School’s site is clean and bold content. There are a lot of pages but it doesn’t feel overwhelming. I did a bit of initial work on this site, getting images and inputting content. @tomis and @nancy did the lion share of the work on the site.

Pictures and Columns, nice! Forms! Wonderful color Great Mobile site


( The NYC site was developed at the same time as the Mosaic site, so there are many similarities.


Great use of quotes and columns! Look at this rich media Nice color

ALC Oahu

( I absolutely love what @ninablanco did with the Oahu site. I put a few minutes into getting it started and she carried it to a wonderful place. The color scheme is very nice and unique. It’s hard to believe that this is the same theme as the two sites above!

Look at these colors! Great use of banners Clear content More well formatted content


While endor is still under construction, I thought I’d share the bold site that @liam and @rochellehudson are building!

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@liam made some really cool icons for the site base on the Endor logo!

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Each of these websites is using the ALC WordPress Theme Make Child.



You can see the code over on

You can find the theme in Dashboard > Appearance > Themes

Screen Shot 2015-07-24 at 3.24.41 PMWhen the theme is activated you’ll find lots of fun options for customizing it. Just click the Customize link under Appearance (or on the theme picture, or from the top admin bar menu)

The customize menu allows you to play with color and font sizes among other things and preview them live in the browser. Once you’ve finished you can save or discard your changes!

You can learn much more by checking out the Make Theme by Theme Foundry which is the “parent theme” these themes are based off of.

Read more about how to use the theme by reading up on the Make Theme documentation.

Digital Technology and Cultural Tech

A very interesting video came across my feeds today called Alanna Krause: Inventing a New Organizational Operating System.

Alanna talks about the Enspiral Network, a collective of social businesses which strikes me as very similar to our very own Agile Learning Centers Network. They have been creating open source tools for management that they developed for their own network, much like we do within out network. It’s an inspiring video and I highly recommend you watch it.

One of the tools they created, through collaboration with the Occupy movement, is called Loomio ( This tool is being used by many groups all over the world, in particular it’s being used by podemos in Spain to make decisions about the political party’s policies.

I’ve created a loomio group for Agile Learning Centers, please request membership and let’s start playing with this new tool. (I’ve added this as a proposal on the network Change Up board).

Another tool Alanna touches on is a group budgeting software called Cobudget ( which might also be an interesting tool to use.

I’m very inspired by this talk and seeing that other people on the other side of the world are working through some of the same problems that we are and will face. It also comes at a very interesting time because I have been asked to consult the grass roots organizing around the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential organization. Which I will be sharing my knowledge of these tools as well as some of the tools we have developed through ALC.

What an exciting time to be alive!