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In another thread, Ann Torrence said:

Based on the reports from last year at the lab, raising the bar to the level of adulthood would be a reasonable threshold.

While this is largely true, I wish to point out that Bella was 17 when she was here. And I think she was a huge asset.

I feel like the thing we need is that we select the best ten people from hundreds of candidates. At the same time, we need to be prepared to easily let people go. Again, this is helpful when you have hundreds of people that want in.

So, we are currently in a position where we wish to have 20 people to draw from, but only 10 people who want in.

BUT! I think that this position is the same position that a lot of permaculture communities start with. So what a perfect time to work on a design that might be able to be used for not only us, but a thousand other communities. Further, the people that wish to come here have, for the most part, been good people - it was the poor design that led to problems. So if we come up with a good design, then we will have much better results.

(plus, I very much like the idea that the people that have the courage to be part of things at the beginning of such an experiment get the biggest and best candy)

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As we begin this new phase, I am already learning things about myself. I want to finish the three books I started. I have some podcasts I need to make. I want people to come here and do DVD kickstarters rather than me running point. I want people to have several youtube channels rather than me continuing down this path. I want to see wofati projects move forward because somebody KNOWS natural build and wofati stuff and will take all of that beyond what I have thought of.

If I talk to talk to exactly one person about a bounty project. For some of these projects, I find that I am talking to more than a dozen people and none of them do it. This is where the need for a land manager is clear. I can talk to the land manager about a bounty: the conversation is short because the land manager understands my values. As the person doing it has questions about finishing it, the land manager can have all of those conversations.

With six ants and a dozen gappers, everybody gets what they want and I am largely not a part of it.

I guess the design I am working on is a design that will naturally move forward and does not depend on me. When systems depend on me, there is a bottleneck in forward velocity - there isn't enough of me. And, far more importantly: the system should be designed that once a few seeds are planted, everything magically moves forward because that is how nature works. You plant a seed and a magnificent tree grows in that spot without needing anything further from me.

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Some time was spent this morning discovering more huge errors done in the past by somebody that was paid, and more discovering of the need to have somebody really good to help with things here. We have so much to do and such a rare opportunity. And we have so many people offering so much good stuff - it just needs proper care and respect. Jocelyn and I desperately need to delegate. And, at the same time, we need a system design such that we don't need to delegate - all the things move forward without waiting for jocelyn and/or I to do or delegate.
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It seems to me that what your looking for if to add a leadership training element into what you are doing at the lab.
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