Archives for the month of: March, 2013

Last nights event at the Flow Factory couldn’t have gone better. Every seat was filled, every pillow was sat upon, and no one was in need of a place to sit. And of course, every belly was filled.

I was able to talk a bit about the mission and vision of the Flow Factory and hopefully get some minds opening up to the flow of abundance that is afforded us as the most sentient beings on the planet. Considering the number of people who later told me about classes they’d like to teach and services they’d like to offer, I think it worked.

We’ll be scheduling more events soon, starting with the Garden Brigade Plotting next Wednesday at 7pm. Keep your heart open and your mind alert for something that resonates with you, and come be a part of the process of abundance.

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Things are coming along well at the Flow Factory. There is still a lot of clutter that I am trying to organize and find new homes for. One of my challenges is that I do not want to simply classify everything that we can’t find an immediate need for as garbage. We have a lot of things that can be useful to someone, it’s just a matter of finding out who that someone is and how to get them the stuff.

In the meantime, I’ve been organizing the stuff that we can use. By cutting down a bunch of pallets that were out back, I built a shelving unit that will soon serve as the “Ivy League Tool Share”program. Through this program, when a member of the community needs to use a circular caw, drill, sander, or other tool, they can simply come check it out and return it when they are finished. The program is designed to help the community make repairs, renovation, and restorations without having to incur the costs of buying all new tools.

As just one of the many projects we have in the works at the Flow Factory, the Ivy League Tool Share is about empowering the community to discover the true wealth available to us when we practice interdependence instead of proudly trudging through the battle to achieve independence. We believe that, while independence is much more powerful than dependence, to truly engage in abundance, we must realize that humankind is indeed a social species and open up to our highest power through the integration of interdependence.

If you are interested in helping us clear out some space by giving a home to some hardware or other household item, or if you just want a tour of the facility, please email me at writetheworld@yahoo.com, or just come on by the Flow Factory at 2035 Cornell Street.

For each event held at the Flow Factory, participants are invited to choose from a variety of currencies in order to more adequately meet their needs. While Federal Reserve Notes are welcome, and currently necessary in order to pay for utilities and rent, in order to more fully engage the wealth of the community, the Flow Factory also accepts Time Dollars, Growbucks, and barer arrangements for the majority of activities that it offers. By buiding upon these alternative currencies, we are able to manufacture a more holistic approach to economic health, appealing not only to the fiscal accountability of the Federal Reserve Note, but also to the civic responsibility of citizenship and participatory enjoyment of community.

Although the Federal Reserve Note can be utilized quite well to manage the limited resources of certain materials and public utilities, we believe that there is much greater wealth in an engaged community devoted to establishing systems of creativity, resilience, sustainability, and quality of life. In order to create a foundation upon which to build this wealth, the Flow Factory offers a variety of workshops, productions, classes, and opportunities for personal, career, and artistic growth. By offering a space of versatility and community engagement, our highest goal is to enhance the ability for Flow, defined both as the individual experience of optimal enjoyment through active purpose, and as the movement of currency which provides for healthy economic stimulation and progressive development.

Developed as a community third place, the Flow Factory encourages community members to develop a sense of ownership of the facility by participating in its operations by accepting Time Dollars or Growbucks for the services they offer. As teachers, inventors, performers, organizers, and artists, the members of our community are invited to share their gifts while simultaneously inspiring others to share theirs, opening up a deluge of untapped potential and a myriad of new possibilities for healthy economic growth. At the Flow Factory, we aim to open up new conduits for wealth development by fully realizing the wealth at our disposal.