Craft Hack Celebrates Three Years at Gangplank

Science Rocks PHXCraft Hack began as a chance to meet other, local crafters, but has evolved into a network of artisans, teachers and Etsy entrepreneurs. Anne Watson Barber, Stephanie Liebold and I began Craft Hack at Gangplank in early 2012. Originally we just met to share space while we worked on our own projects. “It’s good to set aside time to do something hands on and get away from our screens,” Stephanie added. Soon we teaching skills, demonstrating new materials and trading tips on monetizing our hobbies.

“We wanted to be a place for people to enjoy crafting and if they are dreaming about making it into their own business, we have the resources here at Gangplank to help them launch their business,” Anne said. Anne is volunteer Mentor Coordinator at Gangplank Chandler and an Online Marketing consultant.

Each Craft Hack features a demonstration of a skill or material. In March, I demonstrated the new Shrinky Dinks
(could you smell the burning plastic?). Local artist Crystal Daugle recruited Craft Hackers to help her with her recent installation in Tempe, “Push Down and Tango.” Etsy shopkeeper Vesna Taneva-Miller taught the basics of craft soldering late last year.

Craft Hack is expanding this summer. In collaboration with TechShop, we will be producing a half-day crafting conference. It will include advice for marketing and production-scaling for craftpreneurs as well as highlight the many local projects combing business-training and craft skills to benefit local charities. Save the date: August 8, 2015. More info soon.

Join us second Monday of the month, 6 PM.

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Chandler Science Café at Hack Night, “Collective Genius for a Better World”

Please join us Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 7pm, at Gangplank, 260 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225, for the Chandler Science Café at Hack Night, “Collective Genius for a Better World,” with Dennis Bonilla, NASA Contractor & Senior Digital Strategist – Valador, Inc.

Dennis Bonilla, Design Manager. Senior Digital Strategist. Community Manager. NASA Contractor.

Dennis has a decade of experience communicating complex concepts using video games, infographics, and interactive platforms to inform and empower communities. Dennis has created federal websites, designed visualization software for NASA, and worked on documents presented to the U.S. President. Dennis is also currently the community manager for http://LAUNCH.org, a sustainability program developed by NASA, Nike, the U.S. Department of State, and USAID.

Dennis will be discussing his work with the NASA Open Innovation Team, the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist, and the NASA Office of Human Capitol.

Science Cafés are live—and lively—events that take place in casual settings, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Chandler Science Cafe, first Wednesday of the month, 7pm, at Gangplank Chandler is presented in association with the Arizona SciTech Festival and Gangplank Labs Initiative.

Free, open to the public, all welcome.

Novel Critique Group: First Meeting Report

The first meeting of the Novel Critique group was a great success. In it, we defined the terms the group. We covered the difference between a critique and criticism, as well as discussing the submission guidelines and methods. Our group will be using a Google Drive folder to share files, allowing both Word and Google Doc file formats.

We had five people at our group, and we are eager to see how the group grows. Our group size will be limited by the total word count submitted. For now, we will be working under the guidelines for the Aspiring Novelists, limiting submissions to 5000 words, and a total word count of no more than 40K words for each meeting.

We look forward to our next meeting, on March 31st.
For more details, or if you want to join the group, contact David at: david@grendelmen.com

Guilt Free Book Club Announces December 2014 through May 2015 Book Selections

Gangplank Chandler’s Guilt Free Book Club is an awesome place to discuss and share new and interesting ideas. You don’t even have to read the book to join in our lively discussions! We meet on the Second Wednesday of each month at Gangplank Chandler at 6pm.

For those interested in reading along, we have selected the next 6 months books:

December 2014
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

January 2015
Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre by Keith Johnstone

February 2015
This month we decided to mix things up with two books. Read one or the other or both or neither.

Why Not Capitalism by Jason Brennan

The End of History and the Last Man by Francis Fukuyama

March 2015
Wizard: The Life and Times of Nikola Tesla: Biography of a Genius by Marc Seifer

April 2015
Presence Human Purpose and the field of the Future by Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers

May 2015
How to Cook a Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher

AIGA Method + Madness Conference – Win a ticket!

Phoenix Design Week is coming October 18th and 19th and AIGA is participating with an incredible 2 day conference that highlights both the crazy inspiring beauty of design and the practical approach to design. You can learn more about the conference here.

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What is even more cool is AIGA has given us a ticket valued at $279.00 to give away.

So here is how this works. Leave us a comment on this blog post with your name and email address and we will draw a winner from the comments. The contest closes at midnight Mountain Standard Time (Arizona time) on Thursday September 25th. We will announce the winner on Friday September 26th.

Good luck!

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”

260 Update: Roofing Underway and We Have a Deck!

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

We Have a Deck!

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.

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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New 260 Project Laison and Update

Hey guys! I’m Phil and I’m newer to the Gangplank Chandler community. I’m most likely at GP in the evenings hacking on projects. Most recently, I’m working with Startup Weekend team SharkBite Boards to develop a line of surfer-inspired skateboards. I lived in Northern California and spent a lot of my life doing utility-related construction projects. I love Gangplank and agreed to act as the community liaison for the 260 project. I hope my construction experience will serve us well in helping to get the project finished while keeping you guys in the loop.

So here is my first update for you all:

Duane is the supervisor and he and I got to know each other this week. A lot of the project is on hold waiting on city approval for the roof and rear facade. The roof engineering has been delayed because Glacier Construction had to get a new engineer. The age of the building is making for problems getting a signature from an engineer.

This week they were working on electrical-related projects include moving conduits and lighting. A group of community members are getting together to plan low-voltage (networking, phone, etc) electrical projects in the coming weeks.

The crews saved a bunch of the aged, antique wood from demolition on Derek’s request. We got together a team this week to sort through it and save a bunch of it for future furniture and decorative projects for 260. I’d like to thank Jay, Jeff, Ita, and Noah for the huge help. Also, special thanks to my brother for lending me the truck and trailer!

We’ll need to get a little more help, because the dumpster got overfull that night and we needed to wait for it to get emptied before we could finish. Once its done, we can get the last of scrap wood loaded and I’d love some more help on that… keep you posted.

Here are some pictures from inside the project!

Here is a photo of the current stopping point: the roof.  Boo!

Here is a photo of the current stopping point: the roof. Boo!


Pictures of the antique wood slats behind recent drywall. This might be a salvage project coming up!

Pictures of the antique wood slats behind recent drywall. This might be a salvage project coming up!


View from the mezzanine level of the building. Lots of framing progress!

View from the mezzanine level of the building. Lots of framing progress!


This is one of the cool features of the building still leftover from its days as a butcher shop.

This is one of the cool features of the building still leftover from its days as a butcher shop.