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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.

Join me! I’ve just put on a pot of Stone Soup!

Dreamers like me don’t often join things. We’re shy, odd, different somehow. The Musement Park is a dream for dreamers to share, its very heart is the desire to join with other dreamers.

You know the story of Stone Soup, right?

A wanderer enters an unfriendly village and can’t get anything more than the loan of a large pot of water, and even that is only after he promises to show he can make soup from a stone. He builds a fire and gets the water boiling, then pulls a small, polished stone from his pocket and tosses it in.  “Ah yes,” says the stranger, “this will be a fine soup after it boils awhile. It would be even better, though, if I had some seasoning.” A villager offers some salt and pepper in exchange for a share of the miraculous soup. The stranger accepts, and remarks that a potato or two would give the soup some body, and another villager volunteers to contribute a couple if he can share the the wonderful soup, too. One by one, the stranger mentions ingredients that would improve the soup, until finally all the villagers join in by adding something to make a hearty stew.

This stage of the Musement Park is just the stone in the water. I need other dreamers to join with me, dreamers who want to be with other dreamers who will enjoy the same things. We will do things together that we’ve only done alone before, sharing the things that other people look at and don’t see what fascinates us so. At first we’ll just talk about them here (and on Facebook, soon, I hope). I have lots of books and neat stuff to share in the Dreamer’s Haven, and I hope others  will add their stuff or start their own versions.  We may all be dreamers, but I’m sure we can be very different in other ways.join Sixtiesjoin goth

We’ll need money and people with business smarts. Perhaps a campaign on Kickstarter or Indiego would be the way to go. If you consider yourself a dreamer, join with me and let’s see what united dreamers can do!

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.