Dreamworld Report: Life after Giftival – on to Media, PA toward DC and Baltimore.Posted: 5 Nov, 2013
I flew back to Philadelphia from Turkey, and continued my tour. Reaching into the backermost recesses of my memory (I’m home now and the events I’m relaying started a few weeks ago, on October 17.)
Oct. 16 I played at an open mic in Philadelphia. I was excited that they had veggie buffalo wings. Mmmm, fake meat!. Oct. 17 I went to a Yard’s brewery tap handle contest at an amazing makerspace called NextFab. Marie Goodwin’s husband Chris Dietrich (he did the graphic design for a lot of the Media TimeBank’s stuff, and a lot of other things around Media including the city’s logo) had entered the competition. He made a really good showing, the event was cool and the makerspace was more elaborate than any I’ve seen yet. Really amazing. Here are some pictures.
On October 18 we had a packed day of meetings. Edgar Cahn and Chris Gray were in town to work with Ian MacKenzie on crowdfunding strategies for TimeBanks USA, and with Kent Davidson on software, particularly the future of TimeBanks USA’s Community Weaver 2 and impending Community Weaver 3. Kent recommended building off Community Forge and we introduced him to Matthew Slater, who shared that he’s currently working with timebanks in New Zealand, Timebanking UK and CES (from South Africa and powering 700 exchanges in several countries) whom he’s helping upgrade to Drupal 8. So it looks like there are lots of areas for more connectivity!
Scott Morris, co-founder of Ameriqoin (he’s working on bringing Qoin’s software and models to the US) and consultant to Ithaca Hours, met me in Media for this leg of the trip. He sat in on this meeting to learn and offer insights.
That evening we went to Ian’s crowdfunding workshop. I learned a lot! And we saw some really amusing, cool, heartstring tugging videos for campaigns including this fun one: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sprybry/taking-my-parents-to-burning-man-a-black-rock-umen
On Saturday Marie, Ian, Scott and I went to Charles Eisenstein’s house in Harrisburg. Charles’ wife Stella and 2 of his sons were there. Carey, the 1+-year-old, was around more and he was really fun to hang out with, as was everyone. Ian was talking with Charles about the next films they’d make together. I’d asked if I could come along to debrief about our trip to Turkey (Charles and I were both at Giftival). Charles cooked an incredible, beautiful and delicious Chinese meal for us.
Sunday morning Scott and I got up early to meet Paul Glover for breakfast. Fun! We went to the Trolley Car diner and had a lovely meal, and caught up on all the exciting stuff Paul is doing with the Patch Adams Clinic. We need to help him find the money to buy the land he’s found, it’s perfect!
Sunday we drove down to Greenbelt MD for a screening of Ian’s new film Reactor at the Utopia Film Fest. A gorgeous film! It was really quite stunning. Some really interesting other stuff there too, for reasons both good and bad but too complicated to address here..
I had a good time chatting with Marie and Ian over beer and coffee before they went back to Pennsylvania and I went on to Scott’s parents’ house, where Scott and I stayed for the rest of the week. It’s really conveniently located between Baltimore and DC where I’d be doing a lot of events over the next few days..
which I’ll go into over the next few posts…
thanks for reading!