May 17, 02 / May 9, 18 01:43 UTC
The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, energy and imagination of its own people. -Dr Ernesto Sirolli
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Enterprise Facilitation was the job I didn’t get, but the year long process of application was a learning experience that brought me more than any job I’ve had. (I did make it as far as one of three finalists, however.)
Enterprise Facilitation seems to me to enable the success of social enterprise, as the Six Sigma process does for manufacturing: A guideline to constantly strive for quality and success, at the least expense, while enabling those who are in their chosen jobs to do what their passions energize them to do.
It all started with a little book called ‘ Ripples From the Zambezi ’, which describes, in essence, the misguided nature of well-meaning solutions that don’t ask the opinions of those we presume to help. There is much more to this philosophy, and all of it is relevant to success and reaching goals for Asgardia. Among other things Dr. Sirolli says: ‘If you want to help people, you need to shut up and listen’.
It is only from this perspective that I would be willing to participate as a legislative contributor for Asgardians. I don’t presume to have answers; those have to come from all of us.
There are many candidates with impressive qualifications and many others that bring mostly passion, and all of those perspectives together will form an unstoppable team, with the right facilitation. We have an impressive treasure trove of talented people.
My education is in Civil Engineering Technology; Construction Engineering and Management. One of the most important principles I came away from that with is the understanding of how to approach monumental tasks~ and that is to begin with the first step. From there, the second step is easier to see, and so on.
We cannot see our way, at a glance, from where we are now all the way to habitation on the moon and in space. We know it is possible, but the task is great. The first steps are easy to see though, if we look. Basic needs like food production, waste treatment and water recycling, quality of living spaces and sustainability.
While our scientists are planning our great escape, we need to feed them~ and ourselves. We need to ensure that we won’t be living in stuffy cubicles without a green growing thing in sight. We need to practice what we will be required to do in space. I don’t know if that will happen in my lifetime, it’s a pretty big goal, but we can pave the way for those who follow us by designing the systems we’ll need to sustain us there.
Toward that end, and only with collective agreement of course, it seems to me that we will need a land base where we can gather to learn and teach, a science and education facility that may one day be under a dome that would be replicated on the moon, perhaps even with our own launch facility, a place where we can experiment with Best Practices for food production and storage methods; working tools that can be carried off the planet. A place that would develop our science labs and facilities for things from robotics to astrophysics, where we can share ideas across disciplines in person, over coffee or a glass of wine.
I believe we need a permanent home base on this planet. A place to test our Constitution and our ability to work together and produce Good Work. This is a goal we can reach in the foreseeable future. A place to begin!
It’s not unheard of to have a sovereign speck of land within another country. Canada made a hospital room part of the Netherlands in the 1940’s, by an act of Parliament, so that a Dutch princess could be born ‘on Dutch soil’ while the Dutch monarchy was exiled during the war in 1943. If they could do it, so can we.
To assist Asgardia in recognition as a sovereign nation, perhaps there is a win-win situation within another country that also struggles for U.N. recognition. I can think of one country in particular who would qualify, might welcome us, and could certainly use the technological skills such a facility could share, from earthships (build homes from the rubble: Mike Reynolds et al) to water collection and purification to independent power generation.
My life experiences are varied. I have worked at many things, from rancher to engineer, in behavior management with special needs adults, as a manufacturing production planner, institutional cook, bartender, counselor, cab driver, oil patch remote camp manager, permaculture gardener (for 40 years), musician, artist, writer, mother, grandmother. I have three grandsons, two of whom are Blackfoot and Cree. I will not tolerate discrimination for any reason. I bring no dogma to the table.
If it were up to me, I would define my ministry as the Ministry of Nuts and Bolts! The closest I can find to that within our parameters is that of Industry, but that fits too. I am fairly industrious! (smile).
I am disabled and living on a very small fixed income. I would be happy to use my skills to help things stay focused while we move forward. I will need your help to do that, since I’m not able to cover even the 100 Euro fee to register my willingness to work for you. That is what a politician is supposed to be, right? A servant of the public. Please click on the blue button and donate if you’d like me to be seated at that table.
I realized as I began to write today that my votes in Asgardia are the first time in my life I have voted in a federal election. I left the U.S. before I was old enough to vote, (It was the ‘70’s, Go West!) and have never had that ability in Canada. My family emigrated to North America from Scotland via Kent in 1635. I currently rent an old farmhouse out on the Alberta prairie, with a Husky/wolf dog and two cats, where I’ve been for 12 years.
I am astonished and delighted by the quality I see in fellow Asgardians. I hope that you will want to back me for this endeavor, but if that doesn’t happen, I will still be here, working beside you to help make our dreams a reality.
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