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everything in this badge is focused on BUILDING community - which is different from experiencing community.  

What makes a community desireable? What creates community experiences for others?



sand badge

brand a physical location
  requires
     - a public thread at permies with pics and some description and story
     - a sign at the location
     - a small bit of art, story or significance
          arrakis has a sign with an image of a worm
          plum plateau has lots of plum trees
          the turtle lot has several turtle sculptures
          pearl road is named after my grandmother, Pearl Wheaton
  examples
     - tree
     - structure
     - trail
     - point
     - berm
     - hugelkultur bed
     - pond
     - road
     - freaky big rock
     - cliff
     - gate
     - paddock
     - bench
     - winter sledding spot

(thorn list) do two of the following:
  - upgrade a physical location that has already been branded (1.5 oddball points)
  - prepare a basic meal (and wash all the dishes) for at least 8 people
  - add one point to a geocaching list
  - public art (1.5 oddball points)
  - create (or update) a map showing the points of interest
  - teach a one hour workshop to 8 students and hold the attention of the 8 students for the full hour
  - organize a flash flea market, collective garage sale or free swap
       at least 8 people involved
       maybe it lasts only an hour or two



straw badge

do four more things from the thorn list
  - repeats not allowed

do six things from the thorn list
  - repeats allowed

brand a piece of equipment
  requires
     name
     the keys carry the name
  examples
     ranger doug (our little pickup truck)
     rex (the excavator)
  add some sort of interesting flair/character to the equipment

(gulch list) do three of the following:  
  - create a private geocaching program with at least six points.
  - create a “you are here” map structure
        o a bit of roof over a bulletin-board-like surface
        o a bench would be nice
  - public art (8 oddball points)
  - upgrade a physical location that has already been branded (8 oddball points)
  - prepare two magnificent dinners (and wash all the dishes) for at least 8 people
  - prepare five basic meals (and wash all the dishes) for at least 8 people
  - give a two hour presentation and hold the attention of at least 8 people for the full 2 hours
  - arrange for six hours of presentations and hold the attention of at least 8 people for the full six hours
  - teach a six hour workshop to at least 8 students and hold the attention of at least 8 students for the full six hours
  - set up a six hour workshop taught by somebody else.  At least 8 students and hold the attention of at least 8 students for the full six hours
  - improving the library (8 oddball points)
  - create a work party
       o at least 8 people (including you)
       o doesn’t have to be a public thing
       o at least 6 hours of work
       o paying people is okay; work trades are okay; pizza bribes are okay



wood badge

do six more things from the gulch list
  - no repeats allowed

create a holiday (which could become annual)
  Example: knapweed day
     - knapweed bouquets
     - knapweed decorations
     - knapweed bonfire
     - knapweed feast (a dinner with knapweed decorations)
     - knapweed creation contest
     - sharking knowledge of knapweed
     - the knapweed song
     - making knapweed rope
     - knapweed race
     - knapweed baskets
     - more events that require using up the knapweed
     - orchestrate the day to be fun for everybody
     - thread with lots of pics of the event
     - be the master of ceremonies
     - all day, and at least a bit into the evening
  at least 8 people for all events throughout the whole day

create a LIC (labor investment collective)
  examples
     - each person contributes six months to helping others build homes and then gets back eight months of people helping to build their home
     - each person contributes one month to helping others build a berm shed and gets back on month of others helping to build a berm shed
  possible themes - tied to a BB:
     - garden
     - wofati
     - berm shed
     - skiddable shed
     - fence
     - rocket mass heater
  at least two artifacts are created
  at least six people participate
  the LIC is for putting in at least five days

three full days of giving tours

(knot list) do 2 of the following:
  public art (40 oddball points)
  upgrade a physical location that has already been branded (40 oddball points)
  give five more days of tours
  facilitate a two day event
     - full 8 hours each day
     - at least 15 students
     - meals provided
     - you can teach it, or you can have somebody else teach it (but you have to be the event master of ceremonies)
  do 5 things on the gulch list
     - repeats allowed



iron badge

(under construction)

create a LIC that is at least six weeks

xxx more from the knot list

(xxx list)
  PDC
  ATC
  PEP1 event

(zzz list)
  set up a formal PEP2, PEP3 and PEP4 program








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Shawn and I are currently working on the iron badge, but I think this one is far enough along to share.  

When we first started this badge, it seemed like it might end up a bit too challenging.  But it has ended up being one of the easier and more fund badges!

I am posting this here now in the hopes that people have more ideas for the "thorn list", the "gulch list" and the "knot list".  

As you can see, each thing can have a bunch of pics to show it was done - thus validate it.   There might be the need for some video.

As we did this, we thought about things that would definitely BUILD community (as opposed to be something that people would simply experience in community).  

We decided that preparing a meal for people would be a solid build for community.  Hosting a potluck can build community, but it can also be a bit iffy - if a few people don't bring anything, or bring something really lame, that can lead to resentments, which is poison to community.

I think the LIC stuff is gonna prove out to be a magnificent strength component of the community stuff.  
 
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Will there not be any experience with intentional community and/or living with people in the community badges?
 
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What about groups, already small 'communities', who organise activities to 'grow' a larger community. Our group organises many of the things mentioned here (in Sand Badge), but we do it together. Could there be something like a 'group badge'?
 
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Kyle Bob wrote:Will there not be any experience with intentional community and/or living with people in the community badges?



So let's say that for the wood badge you have to share a kitchen with a dozen people for two months.  

Did you build community, or did you simply tolerate community?  Did you end up actually poisoning community?   How do you measure how you did?  Can you take a picture?  A video?  How do you prove that you built community.

What would be a two month community gig that would fit with the other wood badge BBs?

 
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Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:What about groups, already small 'communities', who organise activities to 'grow' a larger community. Our group organises many of the things mentioned here (in Sand Badge), but we do it together. Could there be something like a 'group badge'?



Can you give me an example of what a BB might look like?
 
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I think this is my favorite thing ever.

brand a piece of equipment
 requires
    name
    the keys carry the name
 examples
    ranger doug (our little pickup truck)
    rex (the excavator)
 add some sort of interesting flair/character to the equipment

 
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paul wheaton wrote:Did you build community, or did you simply tolerate community?  Did you end up actually poisoning community?


The E in PEX stands for experience! You experienced intentional community first hand!  And the value in that is maybe now you know you can't stand that sort of thing and can avoid it in the future.

paul wheaton wrote:How do you measure how you did?  Can you take a picture?  A video?  How do you prove that you built community.


I guess if you can tough it out for the time allotted by the program and you don't get kicked out, you pass.  A daily picture/video blog like the one required for the wofati experience on the for the natural building iron badge.

paul wheaton wrote:What would be a two month community gig that would fit with the other wood badge BBs?


Two months in a community for a wood badge?  I was thinking a week long workshop or maybe 4 weekends would be a nice chunk of the wood badge, and 2 straight weeks would be part of the iron badge.

WWOOFing is another option.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Inge Leonora-den Ouden wrote:What about groups, already small 'communities', who organise activities to 'grow' a larger community. Our group organises many of the things mentioned here (in Sand Badge), but we do it together. Could there be something like a 'group badge'?



Can you give me an example of what a BB might look like?


I start thinking about that now.

The first things coming to my mind is:
- have a meeting together, starting with an agenda, talk about all topics on the agenda in (about) one hour
- during that meeting (one hour) come to a decision all present there are (fairly) content on, about at least one topic  

I hope you understand what I mean.
 
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I believe I have now accomplished everything necessary for this badge! I have Branded a location, created a map, and improved the branded location.
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you now have the community sand badge! Congratulations, this is the first awarded badge!

 
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