Community Meeting Notes, July 2, 2014

Discussion on Frequency, Schedule of Meetings

Community meetings have recently been sparse, but when we have them, they’ve been long and, at times, heated. We discussed improving the format.

Jeremy S. proposed moving to a monthly schedule. Derek N. wasn’t a fan, mainly because he saw value in attempting to meet, even if there wasn’t much to discuss. Troy B. argued that a full hour is difficult to commit to.

The community present settled on a: making a commitment to attempt to meet weekly, even if there wasn’t anything on an agenda. The goal is to constantly be dangerous, and thus, have things to talk about. Also b: holding meetings to 30 minutes. We should push longer topics to side conversations for interested parties. Also, if a conversation needs to continue and you need to go, feel free to. Also c: creating a shared calendar item that pop-ups a reminder for meeting.

Recap Desk Move

Discussion was held on various topics around the desk move. Desk and area tidiness led to a discussion about the frequency of events. If more events occur, the more it “hurts” to move out when you have lots of stuff. The re-labeled desks should be like a paint-by-numbers for event hosts.

Overall, we need a much more clear set of expectations for users of our space. If an event uses the space, they are 100% responsible for moving desks, chairs, etc, and setting back up. If peoples’ belongings get orphaned in the process, it is not the event host’s fault. (see above) All events should be tied to a sponsoring keyholder/babysitter. Keyholder is jointly responsible (with facilities team) to communicate expectations and ensure compliance. Jeremy S. and Chris L. will work on this.

Kameron W. will photograph rooms to use as guides for re-set after use.

Window Painting

The community agreed that we learned a lesson from the painted window for promotion of events. Aside from question about the city’s policy on such activity in the DC, overall we felt it didn’t fit our desired image. Discussion continued about a failure to communicate that image and how we can improve, but ended without resolution.

Community Meeting Notes, July 23, 2014

Note: We did not hold a July 21st meeting.

Red Bull Wings Team Visit, Monday, July 28th, 2014

Whether its Mountain Dew, Monster, or Red Bull, Gangplankers are no strangers to sugary, caffeinated drinks, regardless of what the GP Chandler Health Initiative will say.

Our relationship with Red Bull goes even deeper though, as they regularly send the “Red Bull Wings Team” to share free samples at various events of ours, including last weekend’s Startup Weekend Chandler. This week, a regional marketing director asked a special favor of us. They are filming a new training video for the “Wings Team” and need an office/work environment to use. Because they love the layout and atmosphere of Gangplank, they’d like to fill that need at our space.

The community discussed whether this was okay. We agreed yes, given the condition that everyone be provided with adequate warning and an option to not participate. It was also asked that they turn on the cameras only after they’ve announced their arrival.

The “Wings Team” and video crew will be at GP Chandler around 11am to 1pm on Monday, July 28th. You’ve been notified!

Downloading on Startup Weekend Chandler

The Startup Weekend Chandler organizing team wishes to thank all who helped out and/or participated in last weekend’s Startup Weekend Chandler event.

Our winning team was Rival Ripper, which included GP Chandler regulars Michael and Hans M., and runner up was Shark Bite Boards, featuring the work of our own Jenna C. Congrats and good luck everyone!

Trish G. announces departure from role as Executive Director

Trish G. has been playing the role of Executive Director of the global Gangplank organization for nearly two years. She announced that she will be leaving her role effective 8/8. She thanked us for our support and encouraged us to keep up the good work. She said that she still will be around to a varying degree, depending a lot on what her next career move entails. THANK YOU TRISH!

260 Update/#90days #blameJade

Construction on 260 has slowed to a near-halt the last few months and Trish G. provided us an update.

“The delays are caused by needing to re-think a few design issues. Older buildings come with hidden surprises, and ours is no exception. That said, work was active this week and should pick back up again soon.”

Awesome!

Upcoming City of Chandler Contract Renewal

The GP Chandler team is preparing to submit paperwork to the city to renew our city contract that provides a majority of the funding from the city for Gangplank Chandler. Keep your ears open for ways you can personally support this. The council is expected to vote on this topic later this year.

Discussion on the Future of the Brownbag

Jeremy S. announced his commitment to restoring quality to the Brownbag programming.

Jeremy S. assembled a team of supporters for Brownbags that will keep them running smoothly from here forward. He wishes to point out the following people for their support: Jeremy S. (Scheduling, Lead), Catherine L (Speaker Support), Ita U. (Video Recording, Emcee), Jody H (Promotions, Video Recording & Emcee Backup), and Hans M (Post Brownbag Blogging).

Because Brownbags are important to the current city contract, he explained how he made a strong effort to schedule out Brownbags for the remainder of the year. He explained that this is merely a patch, however, because recent lackluster support for Brownbags are a consequence of many in the community seeing them as having lost value.

Trish G. and Jeremy S. explained that a new vision for the Brownbag is being discussed for implementation in the new year. They will seek further feedback from interested persons and finalize the details later. That said, they previewed the concept:

In the beginning, Brownbags were an opportunity to teach and learn. In a lot of cases, the teacher was merely sharing a recently acquired knowledge of their own. It was a weekly personal and professional development hour for Integrum and Forty. Since then, the Brownbag grew from a small, in-house training event to a speaker’s event that moved more toward an inspirational storytelling and/or pitch platform. We are not Tedx or Ignite, but in a way, we act like one. This means the training and learning value has been replaced with an entertainment value at times, and therefore lacks much value to the average Gangplanker. Our vision is to return to the concept of learning and teaching knowledge to the peer-to-peer inside. We want to introduce the concept of Learning Loops, and we’d like to challenge the community to bring the Brownbag back to an event of the community where outsiders are welcome versus an event where we bring outsiders in that don’t resonate as well with the community.

As this idea is further developed, more details will be shared. If this reboot plan goes forward, it will take effect in early 2015.

Next Week’s Brownbag: Kieran Thompson on Kickstarting a Local Film

All that said, the Wednesday, July 30th, Brownbag will be Kieran Thompson speaking on the experience of Kickstarting the Production of a Local Film. His description:

In March 2012, a group of local Arizona filmmakers used Kickstarter to fund the production of our first feature film. “Broken Leg”, raised over $24,000 from over 200 backers. I’ll share what we learned while planning and executing a successful campaign and discuss how we’ve engaged our backers throughout the entire life of the project. “Broken Leg” will be released on DVD, Blu-ray,m and online August 1st.

Please share this with friends and colleagues! It promises to have some deep insight into running a Kickstarted campaign, as well as some entertaining stories from an up-and-coming Arizona industry.

Desert Code Camp 2014 (October)

Desert Code Camp 2014 has been announced for October 18th.

Be part of the creative process as they plan for Desert Code Camp – Desert Code Camp 2014.2! Suggest a session! Suggestions will be immediately visible once you submit. If you want to Teach a session, choose “I can teach this” when submitting a session.

desertcodecamp Desert Code Camp 2014 (October)

What is a Code Camp?

By and For the Developer Community
Code Conferences are about the developer community at large. They are meant to be a place for developers to come and learn from their peers. Topics are always based on community interest and never determined by anyone other than the community.

Always Free
Code Conferences are always free for attendees.

Community Developed Material
The success of the Code Conferences is that they are based on community content. All content that is delivered is original. All presentation content must be provided completely (including code) without any restriction. If you have content you don’t want to share or provide to attendees then the Technology Conference is not the place for you.

No Fluff: Only Code
Code Conferences are about showing the code. Refer to rule #1 if you have any questions on this.

Community Ownership
The most important element of the Technology Conference is always the developer community. All are welcome to attend and speak and do so without expectation of payment or any other compensation other than their participation in the community.

Never occur during work hours
We need to understand that many times people can’t leave work for a day or two to attend training or even seminars. The beauty of the Technology Conference is that they always occur on weekends.

Danger Recycling Lives On

When we first moved into downtown Chandler, Chuck Reynolds fought hard to get us access to recycling services.  As it turns out, commercial recycling in an urban setting can be more difficult than you would think.  Shortly afterwards blue cans started showing up.

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The lid of the can surfaced some problems that many who had to handle trash complained about.  David Monaghan, Kevin Odea and Stephen Minkin collaborated to give it some Dan Gerous style.

When Arizona Reads, Arizona Thrives.

summerreading When Arizona Reads, Arizona Thrives.

Help Arizona Put Reading First! Read 20 minutes everyday this summer.

5 Things you can do to increase summer reading:

  1. Sign up the whole family for the library’s Fizz, Boom, Read!  summer reading program at Chandler Public Library.
  2. Ask your librarian for suggestions of great books to read with your child.
  3. Use the “Find a Book” tool at http://readonarizona.org to find books that match a developing reader’s reading level.
  4. Set a goal of reading 20 minutes everyday.  For very young children and struggling readers, the 20 minutes can be spread throughout the day.
  5. Make reading fun.

Exciting new way to track summer reading.

Many Arizona libraries are piloting an exciting new way to track summer reading.  Read, play games and do other fun activities to earn achievement badges online.

Dig deeper to make a reader.

Ask questions about the stories you read together: “Why do you think [the character] did that?”

1st Annual AZChaserCon Recap

Last week, I had the pleasure of welcoming Christian Cleary (@monsoon_madness) and the Arizona Storm Chaser community to Gangplank to host the first (and hopefully annual) Arizona Storm Chaser Convention, or AZChaserCon.

Storm chasers play a key role in assisting intergovernmental organizations in understanding local weather events while they also help the local and national news report many of the fascinating Arizona weather events with their photos, videos, and stories. Arizona has some uniquely beautiful and fascinating weather events that are only known to the world by the work of these dedicated citizen scientists and their thrilling antics in the southwest deserts.

Christian Cleary, known best by his twitter handle @monsoon_madness, knows the power of community and collaboration in the tight-knit circle that makes up local storm chasers, government meteorologists, and news media. He was inspired to bring everyone together and found Gangplank to be the perfect host.

During the day-long event, held Saturday June 14th, Christian welcomed the likes of 3TV’s Royal Norman, 12 News’s Dr Matt Price, and National Weather Service’s Dr Ken Waters, as well as many members of chaser and citizen science community. They came together to collaborate, socialize, learn, and share the crazy antics of their hobby as they ready for another Arizona Monsoon season. There was community socializing, occasional jokes about haboobs, nerdy weather talk, and tons of great pictures of local storms.

I asked Chris to share more about his event and he wrote this for us:

Gangplank is the definition of community. When you walk through the door, the environment is uplifting, full with positive vibes and great people. And if you’re tech savvy, trust me, this is the place to be.

I live in Chandler and have a huge passion for weather. I storm chase the monsoon storms as well as tornadoes on the Great Plains. Recently, I decided to host a conference specifically for chasing the AZ monsoon that would bring weather enthusiasts, weather professionals, scientists, spotters, and storm chasers together to network, share experience, and inspire one another. A friend suggested I look into Gangplank as a possible venue.

I scheduled a time to meet with Chris L, who gave me a tour and invited me to host my event there. He also introduced me to Eileen K and the two of them helped guide me and set this conference up. On the day of the event, Jeremy S volunteered his time to host us and helped me with technical issues.

On June 14th, I hosted the first ever Arizona Chaser Conference at Gangplank, Chandler. The event exceeded all of my expectations. All of the people who attended the conference had nothing but great things to say. They enjoyed the facilities and the conference. Huge shout out to Chris, Eileen, Jeremy, and the whole Gangplank Community for making this possible. I can’t wait to host AZChaserCon next year at this amazing place. I hope that I can give back to the Gangplank community what they have given me. Without their support and sponsorship I would not have been able to host this event.

Well, Chris, let me give you and your people some praise too: you guys were a great group and gracious considerate guests. We loved having you join our community and share yours with us. We look forward to AZChaserCon ’15!

For more info check these out:

Community Meeting Notes, June 25, 2014

Saturday Goblinz Party:

The special event on Saturday 6/28, the Goblinz Costume Party, is an alternative art demonstration including costuming, art displays, and maker projects. Event is open to the public. Setup begins at 4PM and event is 7PM – 10PM.

Desk Move Out/Space Rearrange:

Associated with the event Saturday is a main space move out. Specifically, we will move all desks but leave the lounge and maker desks. We will begin this move-out at 4PM on Friday 6/27. If you need to move earlier, you may, but no earlier than 12 noon. We ask for as much participation/volunteer help from the community possible, and after cleared out, we will do some cleaning and could use the help there too!

The Goblinz party volunteers will reset the hot desks, including power, and monitors. Resident desks will be done by 9AM Monday 6/30, although some people will gather at 1PM on Sunday 6/29 to partially put back some of the space.

We are coordinating our semi-annual desk rearrange with this move out. Jill R (BespokeSS) will begin distributing the layout maps later this week built the new desk plan.

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If you cannot be here for move out/move back, please clear off your desk prior to move out.  In this case, your goal is to leave an empty desk so that volunteers don’t need to worry about your property getting lost/broken.

Please be mindful of orphaned property following the desk move out. All project spaces should be cleaned and reset by the 9AM Monday start of day.

Notes on Space Cleanliness:

The community discussed the overall cleanliness of the space, specifically as it relates to keeping it presentable. There are concerns that individuals and companies approach the organization and cleanliness of their space with different standards, some with no standard at all. This leaves our Gangplank looking dingy, disoraganizaed, and unpresentable. It also raises concerns for those who bring clients here for meetings. Finally, with the recent carelessness of guests using project spaces and hot-desks and leaving them a mess, we theorized that by not holding ourselves to a higher standard, we are allowing a ‘broken window‘ affect to impact the rest of the space.

We want Gangplank to be a place that is welcoming to everyone. We agreed to holding ourselves and each other accountable to keeping our desks cleaner. We also committed to individually taking greater ownership of common areas. Boldness over Assurance & Friendship over Formality applies: if you feel your neighbor isn’t living up to this standard, you need to let them know!

As part of the desk move this weekend, please do the following:

  • Clean up your area, specifically anything stored under your desk or in the isles. As a general rule, if you don’t find yourself using it at least once per week, it should go home. We encourage all to take home, donate, or throw out as much as possible.
  • Things you determine you need should be stored under your desks in a rolling credenza. Ikea Galant credenzas and file cabinets are common and match the desks and are very affordable at $169 – $199.
  • Any broken/damaged chairs should be tossed out Friday afternoon.
  • Decorative items on your desk are discouraged.
  • Your desk should be clear enough when you are done each day such that someone else could use it as a hot desk when you are not in.

Janitorial:

Greg T (Marketing Press) asked about janitorial and funding. Chris L (CSI), who coordinates it, will re-send the email outlining what the janitor does as well as remind those who have not yet contributed to the fund how they can.

Supplies Needed:

There was a call-out for community members to please purchase and donate some useable materials. Talk to Jeremy S (Bonanza) for specs if you’re able to contribute. We need:

  • Light Bulbs
  • Plastic Forks
  • Plastic Knifes
  • Clorox Bleach Wipes
  • Pledge Wipes

Also, Jeremy S needs help sourcing alternate Mountain Dew flavors for the soda machines. Specifically Code Red, Voltage, and Baja Blast. Basically, most of the grocery store sales (4 for $11, 4 for $10) require a minimum purchase. If they are under $3.33 for a 12-pack, Jeremy will reimburse you cost if you can pick them up for us.

Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend is coming! We still need everyone to personally promote it your entreprenuer friends. If you can follow @swchandler and RT promo posts, that will also help. We have room for a few more sponsors for meals and transportation costs for our facilitor. Write Trish G for more info.

Community Meetings & Huddles:

Earlier this year we came to the realization that meeting weekly was unnecessary. We stopped meeting every week, but now we meet too little. Jeremy S proposed that we meet formally once per month but encourage a concept of “calling a huddle” whenever someone wishes to drive action or seek support.

Basic idea behind a huddle: approaching the microphone and announcing that any available person gather for a huddle meeting. A huddle should be limited to a single topic and last no more than five minutes. Huddle topics should be biased toward action.

We discussed giving this approach, a less obtrusive and less formal solution, a try. We will see what happens.

Social Activities to Build Community

Greg T introduced discussion to encourage more social activities at GP. This was driven by smaller group conversations recently. He explained that the community was stronger when we were more social, but recent busyness has kept some of us head-down more than not. While socializing shouldn’t require specific planning, it will help if a few people plan some engaging social event.

Greg will be organizing a new regular “show and tell happy hour” similar to an activity he saw at New Work City in New York, NY.

After a Eileen K discussed how 4th Friday GP breakfasts at Yoli’s has slowly been loosing attendance, Trish G pointed out that variety is important. Jeremy S reminded the group that personal invitations work best and that merely throwing FB & meet-up invites out there won’t work, whether its 4th Friday breakfast or show and tell.

Finding Your Passion and Purpose

To be a successful person in anything in life it helps if you have Passion, Purpose & Perseverance. Perseverance is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite opposition, difficulty or delay in achieving success. Is it is easy to persevere when you know your Purpose and have a Passion about it. Passion is the gasoline in the vehicle and your Purpose is the steering wheel that has set the course for the end destination. Join with others for a fun night exploring what your Passion & Purpose is at Gangplank Chandler.

Please share! Clare Rhoads will bring her knowledge of human behavior and awesome facilitation skills. Please bring your own thought provoking questions that have helped you to gain knowledge on this topic. After the class, people will be present to answer questions about volunteer opportunities available in your community. That way you can turn your passion into action!

Join us June 9th at 6pm at Gangplank Chandler

GP Academy: Finding Your Passion and Purpose

Monday, Jun 9, 2014, 6:00 PM

Gangplank Chandler
260 S Arizona Ave

1 Gangplankers Attending

To be a successful person in anything in life it helps if you have Passion, Purpose & Perseverance. Perseverance is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite opposition, difficulty or delay in achieving success. Is it is easy to persevere when you know your Purpose and have a Passion about it. Passion is the gasoline in the vehicle and yo…

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Summer Reading Material: Chandler’s Book Club Selections

On the second Wednesday of every month, Gangplankers gather in Chandler for a lively discussion on their latest reading material. However, this book club is a bit different. It is about the content. You don’t have to even have read the book. An interest in the topic and willingness to share fresh perspective is enough for us to welcome your presence.

However, we still get people who want to actually…read. In order to help people with that endeavor, we selected a few books in advance.

June – The Invention of Air: A Story of Science, Faith, Revolution, And The Birth Of America by Steven Johnson

July – How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen

August – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

September – Anti Fragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

October (in honor of Food Day) – In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

November – Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond

Have ideas for an awesome book to include next time? Let us know. We are always looking out for great books.

Kim Moyers Announced as City of Chandler Downtown Redevelopment Manager

KimMoyers Kim Moyers Announced as City of Chandler Downtown Redevelopment Manager

Kim Moyers

Downtown Chandler has hired Kim Moyers as the new Redevelopment Manager to recruit businesses and guide development in downtown. Kim came from the Town of Queen Creek where she headed up the Queen Creek Incubator and lead many special initiatives and Capital Improvement projects.

Additionally, her experience includes serving as executive director of the Downtown Association/Small Business Development Center in Kokomo, IN, where she directed and supervised the association, which consisted of more than two thousand employees and 170 businesses within the downtown area.

“I look forward to being involved in the unique strategy that is required to develop a vibrant downtown,” said Moyers. “Chandler’s downtown is poised for growth and expansion and I look forward to being involved its success.”

Moyers holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute and holds a Rutgers Certificate in Business District Management.

I have had the pleasure of working with Kim while sitting on the Queen Creek Economic Commission and at the AriZona Business Incubators Association. Excited for what this means for the Gangplank Chandler Local Initiative. Welcome Kim!