Community Builders Open Space 2014

Gangplank Community Builders from all over the country came together for a fun filled Open Space Unconference. After two days of sharing our experience, our hopes, and our struggles this is what we walked away with:

Personal take aways from our Community Builders:

  • “Being a leader doesn’t mean you have to have a voice”
  • “Trust the process and the people”
  • “Connect all GP locations more!”
  • “Scale and connect”
  • “Ask for HELP!”
  • “All keyholders need to be in charge (of the facility) in times of need”
  • “Good clarification on intention checks – will start using more”
  • “More GP health activities needed. Will help”
  • “Help GPA speak the manifesto/ communicate what we want”
  • “CB Focused/topic communication on community in light of our manifesto is a way to grow”
  • “Be Dangerous is the cool way to say be bold and be vulnerable”
  • “Ask newbies what brought them to GP”
  • “I need to identify/ clarify more keyholders”
  • “I need to make more 1-2-1 strategic intros to join GP”
  • “Email Keyholder list when need help”
  • “Be bolder and make mistakes/ ask for help”
  • “Check yourself first before intention checks!”
  • “Ask more GPA-ers and newbs what they want out of Gangplank”
  • “Distributed leadership; it is not Leaderless”
  • “Creating community is ultimately how to grow a Gangplank”
  • “Intention checks are to improve outcomes”
  • “Ask people why they are at Gangplank and what outcome they want”
  • “This is the leadership of Gangplank”
  • “Ask for specific help more”
  • “GP is a system of vulnerable distributed leadership”
  • “Be mindful of being volunteered for things when absent”

    Do – what we are going to do after we return from the conference:

    • “Ask other Gangplankers more about what outcome are they seeking when I think their behavior is leading to an outcome that would not be good for the community”
    • “I am a Gangplanker video”
    • “Harmonic Vulnerablity”
    • “Plan a Go to Their Space Junior Event for solving a community problem”
    • “Ask new comers what they’re into and why are they at GP”
    • “Autosend to live form”
    • “GP Marketing Piece postcard”
    • “Ask others what they are contributing to the community and what they want out of the community”
    • “Ask others in the community how their behavior is helping to accomplish the manifesto. Do we have a shared reality?”
    • “What is Gangplank messaging streamline”
    • “Update welcome email to include manifesto, tour and website”
    • “Work w/ Ita on video tour of GP (and manifesto?)
    • “Decide my alignment, Share my alignment, learn other community builder’s alignments”
    • “link manifesto tv podcast”
    • “Implement core protocols/ Simplify”
    • “Maverick Behavior”
    • “GP Health Revitalization”
    • “Fat off”

    Aha moments:

    • “I am Gangplank, Gangplank is not me.”
    • “The Power of Modeling Behavior”

    Parts of the conference that made us happy:

    • “Conference scheduled, organized, and ran without having to be involved”
    • “I received clarity on a few topics.”
    • “Talking Danger about the core.”
    • “Coffee and bagels”

In a Lightening Response, Community Ends Light Bulb Buying Frenzy In Less Than 8 Hours

Okay, so I was having a little fun last night. A few puns, a goofy photo of Derek, and a wonky narrative were all products of my mischievous late-night self. But you all woke up to a rally cry for… lightbulbs… and by the time I woke up on Thursday morning (remember, I stayed up late), you all had already accomplished our goal of (about) 25 light bulbs.

Seriously, the response was like lightening.

Thank you to everyone who answered the call, and also those who wanted to but weren’t fast enough… we’ll get you next time!

260 Update: Roofing Underway and We Have a Deck!

Hey guys! Phil here with some more updates on the 260 Project.

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We Have a Deck!

So we have a deck now! Or, a nicely varnished mezzanine level facing Chandler Blvd.

Also, much of the project was waiting on the process of architects and engineerings revising the building plan for roofing-related issues encountered earlier in the project. We got word that the plans were finished and approved and the next huge step in construction begins this week!

I’ll keep you guys updated with more photos and news from the project as it continues.

Lets Flood This Place – Light Bulb Fun-Raiser Underway!

Gangplank Chandler is sometimes characterized as ‘dark’. In fact, co-founder Derek often is heard grumbling around complaining about us ‘working in a dungeon’.

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“Y U keep Gangplank so dark?” ~Derek N.

I’ll be real here, it is a little dark. Because: reasons. There are the obvious ones, like the dark colors of our desks, flooring, and ceilings that absorb all the light. Then there are the less obvious ones, like our one-and-only east-facing window causes frustrating glare on all the computer screens facing it, meaning shades are kept down in the mornings and then never brought up in the afternoon. Note also that and our window screens provide us some security too!

But there are some things we can do about this. So, I’m calling on you to help!

Gangplank Chandler, in an effort to be eco-friendly and also ‘new’ and ‘hip’ uses some high-power LED lights. They last forever, but keeping in mind that they’re on non-stop almost all day, every day, and were a really new technology five years ago when we first got them, some have burnt out.

Folks, its time to get some more!

And this time, we’re upgrading to an even brighter flood-type light bulb. This should help add light to our dungeon while replacing the eyesore dead bulbs that are all around.

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LED Flood Light!

We need to get at least 25 of these suckers to replace the dead ones… at $20 each. Can you help?

So click here and go order some!

If 5 people can afford 5 each, we’re done! If 10 people can afford 3 each, we’re set! What can you contribute to your Gangplank Chandler? If 25 people can pitch in for 3-5, we can replace every bulb!

When you place your order, ship it to:

Gangplank Chandler
c/o: Light Master
260 S Arizona Ave
Chandler, AZ 85225

THANK YOU GANGPLANKERS!

PS: Email Chandler@Gangplankhq.com with the quantity you purchased, so we can keep track of the flood of flood-lights.

An Update on the 260 Project

Hello Everyone! Phil here with some more updates from 260.

Well, we now have a front door downstairs! If you get a chance to peek over and see it, you’ll notice a pretty neat looking entrance for it! Glass and doors seemed to be the theme this week as we got windows and doors installed upstairs too.

Overall though, progress is still slow as we await approval on the engineering changes related to the roof from the planners.

I’ll keep you all updated as we find out more. In the meanwhile, here are some pictures:

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4 Issues Surrounding Workforce Development for Technology Companies

The Arizona Technology Council released a report from a survey that the University of Phoenix and the Technology Councils of North America recently did on Software Development Competencies to better understand workforce development issues in software development occupations. Asking the following Questions. (Three Roles: Mobile, Application and Web Developer)

1. What is the primary reason for the reported talent shortage in the software development sector (quantity or quality)?
83% of respondents indicated there is clearly a talent shortage.
51% stated the most significant cause is the local market does not have an adequate supply of available works entering the field (quantity).
27% stated the most significant cause is available workers do not have adequate skills and education to occupy the roles (quality).

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2. What 3 to 5 most critical skills must individuals have to perform effectively in there high-demand software development roles in the next 2 to 4 years?
The majority of respondents saw User Interface Design, Architecture and Java as key skills in the next 2 to 4 years.
Programming, Web Design and Data Warehousing were seen as necessary skills for all roles.
88% of the respondents felt “Soft Skills” were equally or more important than technical skills.

3. What education and certifications will be required by individuals in the next 2 to 4 years to preform successfully in three high-demand software roles?
45% felt less than a bachelor’s degree was necessary for web/mobile development.
Only 7% felt greater than a bachelor’s degree was necessary.
Less than 30% felt industry certifications were valuable.

4. What are employers doing to cope with future anticipated skill gaps in three high-demand software development roles?
Only 69% of employers are doing something about it.
68% plan on conducting internal training
64% plan on offering internships
53% plan on retraining employees
51% plan on network building

Report summary: UOPX-TECNA Software Development Survey Results.

City of Mesa Open Data Road Show

The City of Mesa and Code for America are hosting an Open Data regional event on September 4th. The benefits of Open Data range from enhancing government performance to increasing public participation. Show up and explore the process and outcomes of implementing data driven initiatives.

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In Attendance:

  • City officials who have adopted open data policies (Phoenix, Tucson)
  • Start-ups/entrepreneurs who use open data, creating new job opportunities.
  • Community groups actively developing projects that affect the city and it’s residents (eg: transit, health, park apps).
  • ASU faculty and staff researchers who benefit by and contribute to open data sets (eg: budget, water usage).
  • Citizens!

At past events people walked away energized and committed to implement new practices, host hackathons and develop community partnerships. It is an opportunity to share, ask questions and learn from other departments, partner cities, start-ups and community members.

“I thought the open data roadshow was very informative and inspirational! I thoroughly enjoyed it ” -Tony Heinrichs, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, Infrastructure/Public Works, City of San Diego

Goals:

  • Bringing the best of open data practices, policies and experiences to cities.
  • Educating a government audience to the concept, values, and opportunities of open data.
  • Consulting and troubleshooting how government staff can pursue open data within their own agencies.
  • Sharing resources and best practices to support governments interested in implementing open data.

The Logistics:
Open Data Roadshow: Mesa
Thursday September 4th 8:30am – 1:00pm
Mesa Arts Center – 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
Free of Charge with breakfast and lunch provided!

RSVP Here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-data-roadshow-mesa-tickets-12361508605

More info here:
http://opendataroadshow.com/

Gangplank Guilt-free Book Club: August Recap and September Book Announced

Did you know that Gangplank Chandler is host to a “guilt-free” book club? Guilt free means that you can (and should) participate whether you read the book or not. Discussion is always thoughtful and mind-opening and the group challenges itself with books from every genre and focus as it can. You should check it out!

August Recap

Our book for August was “The Little Prince” by Antoine De Saint-Exupery.  It was a very different book for us, the result of a desire to discuss a book from out past that touched our hearts.  We were treated to French wine, cheese, and dessert by Ann W. as we celebrated  the French-ness of the book, as well as getting back in touch with our inner child. Deconstructing a book so full of metaphors was like trying to pick up a big bowl of spilled Jello (wait, is that a metaphor or an analogy??).  Anyway, we had fun, as usual.

September’s Book

September’s book is, as we are known to do, a real departure from last month’s book.  Join us on Wednesday, September 10th at 6 PM, as we discuss Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s newest book, “Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder.”

His general thesis of the book:

With the velocity of change it is impossible to predict if, when and how things will change.  Better, then, to create organizations and platforms that benefit from disorder and change (antifragile) than ones that are broken or made obsolete (fragile).

Taleb says, “The antifragile loves randomness and uncertainty, which also means – crucially – a love of errors, a certain class of errors. Antifragility has a singular property of allowing us to deal with the unknown, to do things without understanding them – – and do them well. Let me be more aggressive: we are largely better at doing that we are thinking, thanks to antifragility. I’d rather be dumb and anti-fragile and extremely smart and fragile, anytime.”

New York Times says, “Mr. Taleb — who has worked as a derivatives trader and quantitative analyst, and who holds the title of distinguished professor of risk engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University — writes with great certainty and vigor. At his best he serves up provocative theories that encourage us to look at the world anew. He reminds us of the limits of Enlightenment reason, goads us into thinking about why small might be less fragile than big (a rule, he implies, that applies to animals and corporations alike) and gives us a renewed appreciation of practical knowledge (of the sort possessed by engineers and entrepreneurs) as opposed to the sort of academic knowledge acquired in school.”

Also, check out his talk at an Authors at Google discussion on the book.

Remember… our book club is a guilt-free book club, so you don’t have to read the book to join in.  So, join us on Wednesday, September 10th at 6 PM, as we discuss Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s newest book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder.

RSVP on Facebook or Meetup or share the event page on your social media.

Community Meeting Notes, August 20, 2014

Some notes from this week’s Community Meeting

Restarting the Gangplank Chandler Incubator Program

Derek N. proposed we reform the Gangplank Chandler Incubator program. There is popular support for this idea. Reasons include:

  • Forming an Arizona incubator that is both unselfish and effective. Derek sees many of the local incubators take too much or lack the effectiveness Arizona needs. We already have the resources to give both!
  • Building stronger accountability in the community. By building an incubator where each business is collaboratively accountable to each other, versus to the incubator organization, they will grow stronger, faster.
  • Leverage the power of our GP mentors. Our GP mentors are awesome, but some of them are frustrated with the one-and-done way most mentees go through the program. They volunteer mentor to make a stronger AZ entrepreneurship environment, and they want more opportunity to make that happen. A formal incubator could use their experience to the maximum and give them a more rewarding reason to mentor.
  • An application process will draw greater attention to GP, helping us bring more vibrant people to the space.

Derek plans to take this discussion offline and people interested in supporting this program should reach out to him.

Snack Machine will go Bye-Bye

Jeremy S, who manages the vending at GP Chandler, announced his intent to remove the snack machine after we finish the rest of the inventory. The machine was popular at first but lost interest as people began to not trust the machine to work. With Jeremy S and team not always here, there wasn’t a good system in place to offer refunds when the machine got stuck. The machine is for sale for $60 if you want to own the nostalgic style snack machine.

Spontaneous Exploding Glass Incident

Last week on Thursday, a large glass panel shattered sometime in a two hour window between the late crew closing up on hacknight and the first co-workers arriving in the morning. Without evidence of break in and no knowledge of cause otherwise, we’ve chalked it up to spontaneous glass breakage. This will be repaired in the coming days. Thanks to Phil S. for getting quotes and acting as lead person on the repair.

250 & 260 Update

Our current Gangplank space, despite what address we advertise, is at 250 S Arizona Ave. Our building, which we share with Planet Sub and other tenants, may be up for sale soon. Derek discussed seeking out a motivated Gangplank-friendly investor to purchase the building.

Phil S. gave a verbal update on the 260 construction project. Glass windows and doors for the front were installed this week, but otherwise, we are still waiting on engineering plan updates for roofing to begin.

Bonanza Ed & GP Jr. First LEGO League Team

Bonanza Educational is sponsoring a GP Chandler (GP Jr.) based First LEGO League team. Parents with kids interested in LEGO Robotics should reach out to them for info on how to join and participate.

Going on this week

This week, the GP Health crew is taking videos of what people do “for the health of it”. The crew is recording on hacknights and Thursdays for the next few weeks. Reach out to Trudi W. for more info.

ASU and GP Chandler are co-sponsoring Brain Fair this weekend. Eileen K has helped get some significant media coverage for the event. The crew was looking for a few additional material donations. Check the GP Facebook group for more details.

Drink & Draw: Let’s Give It a Try 3rd Mondays

Drink & Draw returned to Gangplank Chandler during Creative Mondays last week. Artist Gilead led our Drink & Draw this past Monday, August 18th with a demo of animal anatomy, cats & horses. Moving forward, every third Monday at 7 PM, we’ll provide space for beginners through professionals to get together and just draw. Bring your own adult drinks or choose a softer beverage if wanted. If you’re a professional artist, please consider sharing a 20 minute or less technique demo. Next Drink & Draw is September 15, 2014, 7 PM.

Now for some pictures!

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