What is Next?

Gangplank has been wildly successful on a number of fronts, but we always push for more. It is in our DNA. Recently Gangplank Chandler has been struggling with defining what an anchor is, what social obligations exist and how to operate without an appointed leader. These are things all locations have or will struggle with at some point. It was time for a retrospective of sorts. We asked for help from Kim Kressaty of Future Pull Consulting (and a Gangplank Board Member) to facilitate a discussion on What is next?

The full report can be found at Gangplank Report.

The TL;DR version.

Top Priorities

  1. Show the world how a shared leadership model can work at scale.
  2. Live the Gangplank manifesto in every Gangplank community.
  3. Message the Gangplank manifesto.
  4. Build the Gangplank Network out with an emphasis that Gangplanker’s work together regardless of location.
  5. Leverage the Gangplank community for optimum effectiveness both locally and globally.
  6. Be Dangerous. Really. For Real.
  7. Emphasis on youth programs to break the cycle and restore creativity.

 

Five Day Plan

  1. Finalize details necessary to kick off the Community Builders Program.
  2. Push out plan for newly implement Google Groups strategy to facilitate communication.
  3. Start a migration path to remove the concept of anchors and define something much more powerful.

 

Thirty Day Plan
Community Builders. Let’s build it together.

Ninety Day Plan
Community Builders. Let’s build it together.

We should all be asking ourselves, “How can we drive towards these priorities?”. As a first step towards starting to message the manifesto we have started the Dangercast. Where we will be talking about the manifesto and culture that makes Gangplank work. We expect community participation in it. The first episode is available (and transcribed) at “Dangercast #1 : Collaboration over Competition“. It is also available on iTunes at “Dangercast“.

So if you love Gangplank and want to go deeper let us know you are interested in becoming a Gangplank Community Builder.

Yes, I am interested!

Be Dangerous. Be Excellent.

My Week at Gangplank Tucson

Gangplank Tucson recently moved from the Bookman’s warehouse in south Tucson to the first floor of the historic Pioneer building in downtown. This eleven story building was once the epicenter of activity in downtown Tucson. However, it now sits more than 50 percent vacant. Gangplank has taken on the task of trying to re-energize this historic gem.

The transition has come with a rapid series of changes. In addition to the Gangplank Tucson crew working hard to fix up their facility, they started programming for all of Gangplank’s initiatives, and there has been an explosion of interest in Gangplank. This community that is literally years in the making is quickly coming together to be a hub of activity impacting their city in significant ways.

Their renovations started with taking down built in cubicle walls in order to make the building fit Gangplank’s collaborative style of “no walls or physical barriers”. Then there was some new carpet and plenty of painting. I headed down about 2 weeks ago just for the day to pitch in with some of the painting.

Last week, I headed down again to spend the week with the Gangplank Tucson crew. While there, I got to see the next step of renovations, the new concrete floors. Unfortunately, this meant that much of the activity in the space was limited so I only got to meet the hardcore group that came in during renovations.

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{Gangplank Tucson under renovation}

I started out my week by getting dinner with several Tucson Gangplankers. They made my visit much easier by offering a room in their home for my stay and offering up a ton of advice on places to check out during my visit (thanks Bob and Therese!).

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{Downtown Innovation District Meeting at Maker House}

True to the spirit of Gangplank, upon moving downtown, GP Tucson dove in and became very active in the downtown community. While visiting, I tagged along to a few meetings with fellow Gangplankers. I got to know many of the key players impacting economic development downtown including attending a meeting for the Downtown Innovation District. The meeting was held in the Maker house, a fellow innovation center that is soon to open. The Downtown Innovation District came about due to talks between Ganglank, Maker House and a few other local innovation oriented organizations. Much like us, Maker House is also working to renovate their space. I was fortunate to get a tour and hear some of the extremely unique history of their building. In a prior life, it was the Rocky Mountain Oyster Club’s building. Complete with a historic mural that needs restoration and 3 separate pools that have been filled in, this tour was one of the highlights of my week. There is no denying that Downtown Tucson is an exciting place to be right now.

The best part of the week by far though was the people. There is no doubt that I enjoy being around Gangplankers regardless of their geographical location. I loved hearing their stories, laughing with them, and seeing how they are working to create a community that they are proud to live, work, and play in. I can’t wait to visit them again!

The SNAP Experience : National Hunger Awareness Month

September is National Hunger Awareness Month. From September 3-9, Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA) is sponsoring the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Experience, a week long real-life experience living on just $29 for food, the same as a typical SNAP participant. This experience helps provide a slim view into what it is like to live in poverty. Helping people change their circumstance starts with local community awareness and support.  Help change your community by participating to raise your own awareness.

In Arizona, 1 in 5 people struggle with hunger every day and 1 in 4 children live in food insecure households. SNAP, the federal Food Stamp Program, is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, helping put healthy foods on the table when Arizonans would otherwise go hungry. SNAP is a critical bridge to help individuals and families establish financial stability so they can move out of or away from poverty.

SNAP is intended to supplement the monthly food budget, although we know that many households rely solely on SNAP to purchase food.   We also know that SNAP can only reasonably cover about 70% of monthly food costs and average food consumption per person.

SNAP Experience participants are encouraged to use only $29 to pay for all food costs for the week.  However, you can supplement the $29 budget with a maximum of $12 more for food purchases not typically permitted on SNAP (hot and prepared meals or alcohol products, for example). SNAP Experience participants who choose this option are asked to not exceed $41 in total weekly expenses, and to track how the additional $12 is spent.

The SNAP Experience goal is to increase awareness about poverty and hunger in Arizona through a meaningful personal experience and to draw media attention to the hardships faced by those living in poverty. While this experience cannot give us a true sense of living in deep or prolonged poverty, it can provide insight into some of the challenges families confront.

For more information about the SNAP Experience, please contact  Angela Schultz at aschultz@azcaa.org or by phone at 602-604-0640.  To participate in the SNAP Experience, please register online . Please register for one or all SNAP Experience options that interest you. 1) only the SNAP Experience, 2) the SNAP Experience and the additional $12 supplement; 3) SNAP Experience media events, and 4) ACAA’s SNAP Experience social media (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

Help to elevate the issue of hunger into the public discourse, whether by participating yourself in the SNAP Experience, being aware of the information ACAA provides about others participating in the SNAP Experience, or spreading the word to those you know about this opportunity.