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.

mm graphic AIGA Method + Madness Conference   Win a ticket!

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.

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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.

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!

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


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


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


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

Community Meeting Notes, August 6, 2014

A majority of the discussion this week was related to the follow-up from the previous week’s meeting. A few Gangplankers met earlier this week with Derek N and Trish G. to discuss our questions and get some answers. Jeremy S. took notes and he reviewed them today. Derek N. was also on-hand to clarify.

Continuation of Discussion re: Can We Help 260?

Following our meeting with Derek and Trish this week, Phil S. will step into the role of community liaison and coordinator for the 260 construction project. His goal is to better the communication between the construction crews and GP to keep us informed and updated. He will also communicate any needs and ways we can help, which happened on Tuesday when a crew of volunteers helped salvage antique wood for furniture and decorative projects after the project is completed.

Phil will also be writing blog posts and posting pictures. This will help with the communication efforts but also help build some buzz! Derek N. warned us that the goal of the project is a certificate of occupancy and that many side projects will be left undone which we will fundraise for after we take control of the building. With a wider community buzz around the construction, our fundraising efforts will have greater support!

Continuation of Discussion re: Can We Help with our City Relationship?

Our current contract with the City of Chandler will remain active through June 2015. After that, a new contract is under consideration. Derek’s goal with the city with the new contract was to limit the metric-driven rules (eg: must have x number of y per year) and replace it with deliverable items (eg: a redesigned economic development website for Chandler). This new contract is in the works and our old one is generally considered satisfied. That said, between now and receiving the new contract, there are specific things we can do to help strengthen our presence in the city:

  • Document, document, document! We need to share (with the world) what we do! The city does follow our activities and relies on things like blog posts, tweets, and event notifications to see what is going on. Jeremy S. is setting up individuals with “contributor” author accounts on our wordpress site to welcome in more content creators. Bug Jeremy if you’d like to help.
  • GP Jr needs love. Junior Initiative has suffered from lack of support yet our current contract stipulates 10 events per year. Technically the Bonanza-sponsored free LEGO Robotics club (which has met all summer) qualifies, but we really can use more fun. Eileen K. reminded us the Brain Fair this month will also qualify. Josh S recommitted to coordinating events for GP Jr but needs help. Conversation will continue offline.
  • Support Epic-fest. Epic fest is a collaboration between the city, TechShop Chandler, Intel, DCCP, and Gangplank to bring a maker-festival to Chandler. We will need to be whole-heartedly behind it to ensure success.
  • More community liaison’s to outside groups are needed. Specifically, we need individuals to be regular representatives… merely having a GP rep a meeting is not helpful. At one time, nearly every Chandler citizen’s board had a rep from GP. Derek doesn’t feel we need to go that far, but they recommend:
    • Liaison to ASU –Jeremy S considering
    • Attendance at relevant Council Meetings
    • Arizona Business Incubator Association (Monthly call, Quarterly in-person)
    • For Our Cities, Councilmember Hartke’s project –Anne B considering
    • City of Chandler Economic Development Board
  • Nerf WW3 Heating Up

    We briefly (in-between shots fired) discussed the fun and craziness of our recent Nerf-wars. We thought it right to discuss the three rules of engagement:

    1. No modifying of darts. (Modifying guns okay).
    2. Pick up darts after the fun. Why? Darts run over by chairs are ruined, and those buggers cost money.
    3. Be respectful if someone needs to work. Even if they play most of the time, be cool if they want out of it for a while

    Otherwise, we are having fun and should make sure it stays fun. Carry on!

    Tonight is Hacknight BBQ

    The BBQ on Hacknight continues this week. Jeremy S. and Brian S. (Bonanza Educational) will be sponsoring tonight. FYI: its about $40-$50 to sponsor a BBQ with hamburgers, hotdogs, buns, and chips. If you can sponsor one or a few, that’d be awesome! Phil S. and David M. lead the hacknight and can tell you when you can sponsor.

    ImprovMania Moving in Next Door

    A group of regular Gangplankers are growing their business and moving in next door. ImprovMania will be moving into the suite 3 of 250 building, or the front-half of the old magic space. Including HiringSolved and the photographer, three of the four other tenants of the 250 building were first Gangplank-affiliated businesses.

    Janitorial FYI

    FYI: if paper towels or toilet paper run out, be a good Gangplanker and go get a roll or two of paper towels or toilet paper down the road. Ultimately, its the responsibility of the property managers to keep the shared-hallway and bathrooms cleaned and stocked up. They visit on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sat/Sun to clean and restock.

Gangplanker Profile: Kameron Williams

Hi! My name is Jason Bastian and I am a new addition to the Gangplank content team. Thank you for having me aboard and I hope I can contribute in a meaningful way. I am originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and yes I know all about cow tipping. I love writing and hope to blend my unique observations, people skills, and comedic insights into some great blogs and stories for everyone at Gangplank. I’m going to start off by profiling some of the Gangplank regulars!

First up, Kameron Williams of LilliMedia. Kameron is a big contributor to Gangplank and I was able to sit down with him one on one, see what he is all about, and what he could enlighten us on with photography. The Gangplank Photography Classes were started by Kameron and have grown into a prosperous meet up at Gangplank.

Me: Why did you get into photography?

Kameron: I got into photography because it was the best way to create an emotional connection with someone. I feel there are a lot of different mediums that people engage with, but for me personally photography is the best way to take a feeling, an event, or an occasion of that particular point in time and really preserve it and share it with someone else.

Me: How important is it, in this day and age, with video, high-speed internet, the I Max with 3-D, advanced special effects, iPads that play music videos, movies, and television shows, and even phones with video blogging capabilities, that when you have photography, you still have to appreciate that. How do you see [photography] as still an important piece of our everyday lives?

Kameron: I think that multimedia as a whole will always continue to evolve. You see, as you mentioned, these huge I Max theaters and things like that I think one very important piece of information that people forget about is a lot of movies that you watch are a conglomeration of many different images moving together, so for me, where you have all these different realms of multimedia; i.e. YouTube, Vine, Snapchat, things like that I think the epicenter, the core, the anchor that holds all these pieces together will always be photography. Whether it’s in a moving format or a still format the basic image is what we always see –the basic image is what we always identify with.

Me: Why is lighting so important [in photography] [for you]?

Kameron: For me, I believe that lighting is a large contribution to the emotional connection of the image. Whether it’s inside or outside, studio or ambient, I feel that lighting sets the tone for the way that imagery is going to be perceived. So, if you were to liken it to something else, I would say that lighting is the secret sauce of the palette of imagery and it’s what distinguishes one artist from another, or one photographer from another. As well as one feeling from another.

Me: Tell me about your company, LilliMedia.

Kameron: LilliMedia is a full service web design, web development, and interactive agency. What our focus is, what our primary function is, is that we articulate brand messages, we really show people what different brands do in order to help brands connect with different groups of people.

So, what that means for us is that we look at photography, videography, web design, web development, their marketing assets, and we carve out a road for a brand to specifically engage with a particular type of target or individual and a large portion of what we do is focused on engaging imagery, i.e. still photos to accomplish that mission or that goal.

Me: Can you predict the next phase in digital photography? Where do you see the future of photography headed?

Kameron: I think that multimedia will continue to evolve as it has. I think that photography will still be through that river of evolution. With a lot of this mobile technology coming into place, things like wearable technology, location based technology, the pace of life is always getting quicker, so people want to do less reading, more looking and just understand what something is. So, I feel that digital photography moving forward will play a paramount role in that because where you see a reduction in text and verbiage, and things like that I think that digital photography, iconography, things like embedded in small squares that we wear on our wrists and put to the sides of our faces, I think that imagery will be the primary means of human communication moving forward.

Thank you very much Kameron Williams for a wonderful and very insightful interview. Say hi to Kameron if you see him around Gangplank!

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!

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