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Overview – Sketch – Outline

Notes

This is just to save some notes I made and share them with those who are especially interested in this project and its development. It gives a sketchy outline overview of what is expressed more fully in other posts.

Main Documents

1) Summary (initial presentation), 2) COMmUNITY Center Story (background, history, sources of inspiration), 3) the Dreamer’s Workshop (“Brains”), 4) Spirituality or inspiration (“Spirit”), 5) Fantasy Heroes Training Center (“Brawn”)

Extended Notes

Funding (brief & extended notes), organizations and business to connect with maybe, Alternative education and training, Name Ideas, ‘similar’ organizations-businesses, Spirituality – Inspiration – Service, Super Hero Theme

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partly DISTRIBUTED organization — a nexus connecting a network of existing organizations and businesses.
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The Goal

Encourage and assist the community (especially children and senior citizens) to live to their full potential intellectually, spiritually, physically, and every way: emotionally, economically, socially…

Brains

The Dreamer’s Workshop — a place for nerds, artists, tinkers, crafters, creators, inventors – to be together, pool their resources, do bigger and better things together, share their knowledge and talents, encourage and train younger people.

Brawns

The Fantasy Heroes Training Center (FHTC) — A place for physical activities that engage the imagination. Ways of getting a workout without the monotony and repetition of exercises, weightlifting, treadmills, stationary bikes. Active fun without the pressure to perform of competitive sports, e.g. nobody left out in left field with nothing to do until they suddenly have to perform flawlessly or disappoint their team. Obstacle Course (outdoors and/or indoors), climbing walls, adventure room, more!?

Spirit

Onward and Upward Club — Prayer and Meditation room, inspiring poems, posters, old-fashioned Sing-alongs, hymns. Civic projects – Clean-ups, food drives, blood drives, etc.

Starting Activities

(Zero or low-cost, no permanent physical location needed)

Brains

Solar concentrator (mirrors & lenses) experiments, Solar power experiments, Magnetics, Making kaleidoscopes, Origami, Tracing, making an “Air-swimming” dual bike, Pontoon raft with milk jugs, Artificial Intelligence (AI) programming (BYO laptops and tablets), Robot toys and RC vehicles

Brawn

Multiple punching-bag monsters, targets for soft toy weapons, slalom running, existing “obstacles” course.

Spirit

Discussion group: Pick ONE topic, stick to it, only represent the positives for your view, not negatives of others. “Songspiration”: Sing fun old-time songs or favorite hymns together, or take turns singing (Disney karaoke? check with BMI, ASCAP or SESAC?). Work on a community service, environmental, or town improvement project.

Some INSPIRATION for this project

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world – indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
http://stonesoupdevelopment.com/our-approach/

The Starfish Story — “It makes a difference to this one.”
The story of Stone Soup — amazing things can happen when everyone contributes.

http://www.colsoncenter.org/the-center/columns/call-response/21453-the-christian-and-holistic-health

The Mad Scientist Club books (http://www.madscientistsclub.com/MSC/Books.html)
Also: Brains Benton series, Tom Swift, Danny Dunn
The Boxcar Children’s museum
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium
Tomorrowland (the Disney Movie)

Marvel Comic’s “Danger Room”
Ninja Warrior, Spartan Runs, etc.

The Bible
Shakespeare and other classical literature
The writings of Sir Francis Bacon
The Bridgewater Treatises

Many, many heroes of faith and human service

The Salons of 17th and 18th century Paris
The Chautauqua Institution and movement
(http://www.chautauquatrail.com/)
(https://www.chautauqua.com/about-us/history/chautauqua-movement-history/)
Olympics of the Mind
TED talks
STEAM education movement

Joe Pardo’s Dreamer’s Podcast

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

The COMmUNITY Center

Physical Fitness

The COMmUNITY Center will help community members spiritually, mentally, and physically. It will add to the existing institutions for spiritual and mental development in new ways. I also propose a new approach to develop physically: The Fantasy Heroes Training Center.

The Fantasy Heroes Training Center will be especially for those who don’t enjoy ordinary sports and exercises. It will engage the imagination while giving the body a workout in ways that are fun and free of the pressures of competitive sports. As imaginary heroes of different kinds, members will set their own goals and choose their own styles of meeting the challenges.

Variety

Just think of all the ways in which fictional heroes display physical prowess! From the lightning-fast reflexes, sinewy strength, and hard-riding endurance of the Western lawman to the supersonic speed, strength of steel, and special powers of comic book super heroes. The fantasy heroes of martial arts movies exaggerate the board-breaking strikes, cat-like flexibility, and defensive skills of real martial artists. Fantasy heroes also display incredible strength and skill in books and movies about secret agents, knights, explorers and more.

Fun

Imagining you have super powers or are training to be a hero in a book or movie can make any kind of exercise seem a little more fun. The Fantasy Heroes Training Center will provide equipment and settings that will make the dreams seem more real. A TV screen with fast-motion travel video can make using a treadmill seem like running at super speed in exotic locations with beautiful scenery. Pulleys and levers can make weight training into lifting very heavy objects. Fantasy heroes have many different ways to train that can be fun. An obstacle course can safely simulate many challenges and dangers. A target trail would provide practice for safe toy versions of throwing stars, blowguns, longbows and crossbows, as well as brand-name shooters of foam darts and plastic pellets.

Inspiration

The Fantasy Heroes Training Center can draw inspiration from many sources to inspire members. What inspired me first was imagining a safe, real version of the original Marvel Comic’s Danger Room. A good movie to see many styles of martial arts without extreme violence is Heroes of the East. Or just watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Obstacle courses have become popular through the original Sasuke (Ninja Warrior), American Ninja Warrior, Spartan Race and more.

Combination

The COMmUNITY Center would integrate this imaginative form of physical training with its other parts. The spiritual part would provide guidance and moderation. The mental part would help with special effects and safety. Both of those parts would also help with other aspects of physical fitness, such as diet and self-control. The Fantasy Hero Training Center would provide the exercise that people focused on spiritual or mental development often neglect.

Needs

This part of the COMmUNITY center would require a lot of space and materials. It would also be best with a lot of professionals in physical training providing safety advice, guidance and leadership. All of which might require a lot of money without donations and volunteering. Perhaps these are things that others can add to the soup.

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

I Have the Stone: Materials for The Dreamer’s Workshop

Introduction

I’ve already started my “stone soup” plan for a community center. Over the years I have dreamed about a special place for people to do things together. I love artistic and other creative activities, amateur science projects, and anything fun and brainy. Not only have I dreamed about it, I have collected books, equipment and materials. It should be a good stone to start the “stone soup” of a real place. Continue reading I Have the Stone: Materials for The Dreamer’s Workshop

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

Spirituality Is the Soul of Being a Hero

Why does a community hero training center need to address spirituality and inspiration?

The original ancient Grecian idea of a hero didn’t include spirituality. It included anybody who did something amazing, beyond the ability of ordinary people. Even  terrible acts of evil could make someone a hero. Today, heroes are people who are examples of doing good. This also means that heroes can be anybody, not just the super strong, brave, or smart.

We need to learn what goodness is, to find a strong reason to do good things for others. As neighbors living together in peace, there are many things that we all believe are good. As humans, of course we have differences, too. A community center for training heroes needs the help of all the spiritual and rational sources of belief in what’s good, to focus on what we all believe, and examine our differences with civility.
Continue reading Spirituality Is the Soul of Being a Hero

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.

Samples: little oddities

samples:myB52Here are some samples of the little things that would be found in

the Haven for Dreamers,

possibly the first physical step toward The Musement Park.
There may not be much you can do with these things, but then again maybe finding things to do with them will be part of the fun and challenge. At any rate, I think they will spark some creativity and imagination.
Continue reading Samples: little oddities

I was born in 1960, raised in a family of fundamentalist Christians (I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior as a child). A bookworm, dreamer, and nerd, I loved my faith and also science, fantasy, imagination, creativity — I could never settle on who I was and what I wanted to do, and never seemed to fit in anywhere. The Musement Park is meant to be as close as possible to a theme park on the planet I seemed to come from.