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Nicole Bienfang's TOCC Trip Report 2013

 

  • New notebooks purchased for notes for workshops

  • Neon index cards purchased to give fellow attendees my contact info

  • White index cards purchased to get contact info from attendees (and survey data if they had the time)

  • Url purchased- www.thetransition.info  (used for survey to make it easy to remember)

  • Online survey created

  • Our online survey was printed out to run people through it if they had time availability

  • Finished Reading Philanthrocapitalism book on train ride to event

  • Purchased used book at random gas station read in its entirety: Transitions- Making Sense of Life’s Changes, Strategies for Coping with the Difficult Painful, and Confusing Times in Your Life (which really applies to our group and how it is hard for people to transition from one thing lifestyle, job, relationship etc to another even if it is more beneficial)

  • Saw first hand how work shifts were divvied out to members and how work was accomplished as a community

  • Participated in Twin Oaks Community 2 hr. Tour

  • Participated in Acorn Community Tour (not sure of length of time)

  • Learned Transparency Tools (Unsaids and Withholds)

  • Learned About 22 Reasons to Share Housing (http://www.sharinghousing.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2013/08/22-Reasons_TwinOaks.pdf)

  • Learned Icebreakers/games to get groups of strangers to build relationships and create intimacy

  • Gave an introduction to all attendees about The Transition: who we are,what we do, and what our end vision is (and got a lot of “Oh you are The Transition girl” "Someone told me I should talk to you" because of it, throughout the whole conference).

  • Talked with various community representatives about our group

  • Participated in the Community Development “Track” of workshops which covered:

-Starting a Community

-Online Storytelling: Modern Tools to Build Your Community

-Alphabet Soup: Legal Structures for Communities

  • Donated items to FIC Benefit Auction and bid on items as well. The following items were won:

- 5 back copies of Communities Magazine with topics covering:

*Health & Well Being

* Community in Hard Times

*Festivals and Gatherings

*Politics in Community

*Scarcity and Abundance

- DVD The End of Suburbia-Oil Depletion and the Collapse of The American Dream

  • Purchased from FIC pop up bookstore book title: The New Social Learning A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media (only a few pages in so far too much work to do!)

  • Was a co-lecturer/speaker at an Open Session (workshops presented by attendees) on the topic of transitional concepts and the “in between” here and now and where we want to be. (This is when what we are dong started to click for people).

  • Attended New Economics Symposium which addressed alternative currencies being used by people attending the conference and learned about Plenties in particular (see: http://theplenty.org/).

  • Acquired multiple takeaways such as detailed sheets about workshop material, flyers, brochures etc. of various communities, organizations.

  • At a restroom stop purchased a blueprint book at a big box hardware store. The designs focus on entertaining, organized, de-stressing and flexible use spaces. These are perfect for co-housing concepts as well as main community buildings for intentional communities. This book will serve as inspiration for our organization to form blueprints of our own for our site to be used by our online virtual community.

  • 125 mass e-mails sent out to everyone who shared their contact info and attended the event with information of our Facebook group as well as our online survey.

  • 1 survey done in person other personal contacts committed to doing it online)

  • 21 personal contacts made (including notables and key influencers in this field- I will be following up with all of them via e-mail, phone and Skype chats in the coming weeks)

  • 1 attendee was a pre-existing Hybrid member!

  • Posted on Twin Oaks Community Conference an invite to this page as well as the link to the survey to help build the website.

As always if you have any questions about anything feel free to contact me directly. :)

 

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