Friday, February 19, 2016

And into Tomorrow

I'm still on my tablet and trying to figure out why google's auto correct does not like my blue tooth keyboard. I am not trying overly hard. I need to finish packing but I figured that there were a few more things to finish off the day. But, little correction and many errors will probably follow this post too.

"We should stop focusing on what happened and look to the future."  That is a sentiment that I hate. We, as a race, already do not learn from our own history. We're past the time when education was reserved for an elite class in most countries. Knowledge of past mistakes are at our finger tips but we still ignore them. It seems to be to be an even greater error to pin, "Fixed" on something and brush ones hands of all that came to cause the break.

Acknowleging the past does not mean that we have to live in it. We have to acknowledge it. We have to break it down and understand why it happened. Then we have to learn from it. The past does not go away. We simply move forward and distance ourselves from it. But we cannot allow that time to be wasted.

There have been so many negitive words said. Emotions and angers have ruled the foreground. They are at risk of defining everything. While I have been here, as much as I have laid out the harsh reality of my view point I have been trying to see the other side of things. The how. The what. The why. And from that, I want to learn.

We've covered the fun and productive stuff this summit. Those are the giggle worthy bits that brighten the eyes and bring a smile to the lips that I do so enjoy about the summit. The future has a lot for us. I'm pretty pleased with it. I've not gotten my way in every area. That will leave a touch of disapointment.

As for the CSM one of the greatest things that we need from here on forward is a clear line to esclate concerns. We don't need to use that every day. But, if we find ourselves feeling locked down and unable to move or do anything, we can reach out and do some sanity checks. Not everything that happens is automatically malicious. That does not mean it is okay when communication breaks down. And this esclation path needs to exist for the CSM -> CCP and for Ccp -> the CSM.

I've talked a lot the last few days. What I want from all of this is to give CSM11 a clear path forward. One that does not have the baggage of CSMX's problems. Hurdles are being ripped down. Streets paved. I fully expect to hear how productive CSM11 is and I will be both pleased and bitter.

The other thing to address is the Air BnB thing. I can go on, at lenght, about how unhappy I was with it. But, I found out more information about why a hotel wasn't an option and I figured that I'd randomly share it with Fanfest coming up.

Iceland is floundering in a huge surge of tourisem. It's Febuary and their tourisem is up by 30%. There is an expectation that they will be understaffed for the upcoming summer by 15%. The increase in tourisem has led to a lack of hotels and rooms in the city. This has driven up rent, made finding a home hard, and spawned a new wave of opportunities for things like AirBnB.

I did check hotels when I learned about the AirBnB and the only options for a week were high end rooms at Hotels far from the city and CCP's office. I'm not willing to also rent a car to get around.

So, yes. Bookings were left too late but htat was only enhanced by the strange state of Iceland's tourist economey. I hope everyone going to Fanfest has already booked their rooms.

Two more months.

I'm leaving the summit with a few homework projects that I will share. Two of them I have already posted and received good discussion over the past week. I also want to write a summary for CSM11 going over a few of the topics we have had zero movement with. This way they can know and hopefully someone will pick them up. We have discussed having a solid overlap from CSMX into CSM11 where we can hopefully give them a smoother hand off considering, at the most, only two members of the next council will have expierence.

This is what I consider cautious hope. I am going to function as if things are changed. I am still going to allow my jaded eye a chance to review what is going on even as I work forward. But, I am not going to ever go, "Let's just move forward and let this vanish into the void." That is how we repeat history.

3 comments:

  1. Travel safely and well, Sugar. Hug the puppies when you get home. ;)

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  2. Sugar,

    As you’re contemplating your homework, if I may request one small thing . . .

    Actually, I lie. What I’m about to request is not a small thing, it’s a huge thing. Accordingly, all I really request is that you keep my immodest request in mind as you work on generating a smooth handoff to CSM11.

    Over the years, as best I can tell, we keep discovering what the CSM can’t do, what it isn’t effective at, where things go awry. That said, the institution is fairly well established meaning it could well bumble on for several years gnashing about it darkness to no positive affect. One thing that could be helpful would be a steely eyed look at positive benefits the CSM has actually produced. I suggest this because it will help to ground the handover in actual, structural fact. Both CCP and the CSM are the institutions that they are. And both those institutions are inhabited by the actual people they are inhabited by. Accordingly, like all real life, in context situations, marvelous opportunities and stark limitations exist.

    I specifically ask you to include what positive developments transpired because you’ve spent two dogged years of sincere determination representing both your particular concerns as well as the concerns of your broad constancy. Accordingly, under your belt exists a goodly quantity of real life grounding. In as much as you and other members of the CSM have procured positive results, we have identifiable moments of how to navigate the structures that actually exist.

    If I may opine from distance for a moment . . .

    One major difference between the CSM and CCP is that the CSM consists of Eve players who, even though in many aspects Eve is very real, still retain the robust opportunity to overnight pull up stakes and completely change their game play while CCP, being a real life ongoing business concern, isn’t so apt at overnight corporate overhaul revolutions. Seems to me a clearly delineated recognition of these differences may help to reduce the harm the mismatch in lived experience will continue to produce if ignored. On the CSM’s side it might generate a little persistent patience. On CCP’s side, it might reduce a little transitory aggravation.

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  3. "Iceland is floundering in a huge surge of tourism."

    I wouldn't want them to lose their sole. Their plaice is unique, but codn't they cope with more people?

    What do I know, my perch is distant.

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