Flux #38 - Finalizing Core Community Agreements

A Movement For Authenticity

Hi friends,

It’s been inspiring to hear from so many of you through these surveys!

Yaz, Drea, and I worked together to synthesize all the suggestions we got for Junto Community Agreements into four statements that represent the vast majority of the themes and ideas that surfaced. Now we need you to help us determine where our collective alignment is the strongest as we finalize these agreements.

Help us craft Junto’s Core Community Agreement(s) by taking this one-question survey.

With love, gratitude, and growing anticipation,
Tomis


#AlphaProgress

Our app is fully networked! We’re currently wrapping up the last 5% before we move into Alpha II and begin on-boarding close friends and family. Thanks for patiently waiting as we smooth out these last few edge cases.

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Flux #37 - Participate (again) in This Co-Creative Process

A Movement For Authenticity

Hey!

Tomis right back at you.

First of all, wow -- a huge high five of gratitude to all who engaged with the survey I sent out in the last Flux. The insights we received have been validating and invigorating. Here’s what we are hearing loud and clear:

  • Arguments, aggressive debates, and self-congratulatory echo chamber sharing is exhausting

  • Meaningful, respectful, and authentic dialogue and learning from different perspectives is crucial

  • Let’s have easy and clear ways of knowing and controlling who is seeing what we share

  • And, simple and clear user privacy agreements would be nice

  • More mindfulness, presence, and depth -- less distractions, shallow engagement, and endless scrolling

  • A valuable social media experience would facilitate new, interesting, and meaningful offline connections

There were, of course, other experiences and creative ideas shared that we are noting and discussing more with folks directly.

Let’s keep this going!

We can design features and UX in certain intentional ways to facilitate healthier patterns, but we also have to choose how we engage with each other and what healthy boundaries may be necessary for making Junto a positive experience for all. 

We need your help to create one or two initial Junto Community Agreements that will help set the tone for an intentional culture within the Junto space.

Share your perspective with us in this short survey.

With love and gratitude,

- Tomis


#MusicalDrawing

Here are some quick highlights from our most recent Junto event, Creating Space! Thanks to Drea for putting this awesome event together and to Kerry Brown for providing beautiful tunes :)

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#JuntoAlphaRelease

It’s nearly go time! Read into our alpha phases below.

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Flux #36 - Participate in This Co-Creative Process

A Movement For Authenticity

Hi friends,

Tomis here with a request to hear from you. 

If you’ve been with us for a while, hopefully it is clear by now that we are designing Junto to serve our collective needs, values, and desires. As we work towards sharing Junto Alpha, we are refining and prioritizing key patterns and features. Revisit this article by Yaz if you’re looking for a deeper dive into a bunch of the design concepts that we’re already putting in place. 

We intend to establish high levels of transparency and communication between the Junto collective and the core team to ensure the evolution of the application is in service to its community. 

We want you to be in on this co-creative process as soon as possible as we begin building our pattern language, so I’m jumping into your inbox to ask you to consider some of the higher-level questions that have guided us to this point.

Share your perspective with us in this short survey.

With love and gratitude,

-Tomis


#SupportJunto

Feel called to contribute to our fundraising efforts? Make a donation via PayPal or by sending an email to eric@junto.foundation for crypto and larger contributions!

#JuntoAlphaRelease

It’s nearly go time! Read into our alpha phases below.

#Telegram

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We want your feedback.

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Flux #35 - Junto Alpha Stages and Fundraising

A Movement For Authenticity

Hey Junto fam!

Eric here with some exciting news.

We officially moved into alpha and will be testing our mobile apps internally for the next six weeks. In mid-November, we’ll begin on-boarding the rest of the community. You can check out the phases of our alpha rollout below and share it by downloading this snazzy infographic Drea made here.

As we mentioned in a previous post, our initial release will run on a centralized Rust database. We’ll fully transition to Holochain and Holo once their technology is in beta. My personal estimation for this is early summer 2020, but don’t take my word for it :)

We’ll open source all of our code when we open up our alpha mid-November. We’re also working on spinning up a web application that will run on the early stages of Holochain/Holo, and this will be a separate test network that people can try.

This is the final stretch before Junto gains the momentum needed to take flight. These next six months are crucial and we’re raising $100,000 to make sure we’re on the right side of this inflection point. As a grassroots nonprofit, we’re fueled by the conviction of our early supporters and ask that you contribute what you can to make this happen. We won’t be relying on donations for long as we have plans for Junto to be financially self-sufficient in 2020. In the meantime, consider lending us a hand via PayPal or by sending me an email at eric@junto.foundation for crypto or larger contributions.

Thank you for your support throughout this process. I hope you’re as fired up as I am for what’s to come.

Eric


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Flux #34 - Meet the newest member of the Junto Team!

Expression that flows

Hey everyone, Yaz here. I’ll be intro-ing the main intro for this flux edition, so make sure you get to the good stuff!

Super excited to introduce the newest member of our team - Tomis Parker! After a few months joining our calls, Tomis is now taking an official role as “People and Culture Lead” on the Junto team and is already making a positive impact. From the organic growth and community-building perspective, his mind and experience with the Agile Learning Centers network fills a needed space here. In addition to offering management and support to various projects, he is contributing greatly toward preparation for an efficient and scalable introduction of the Junto app in the coming months. We are so excited and grateful to have him onboard!

I’ll let Tomis introduce himself below.

- Yaz :)


Thanks, Yaz.

Greetings!

Yeah, I’m Tomis. I’ve been spelling my name this fun way for a little over a decade now -- it’s still pronounced like “Thomas.” But that’s a story for another time. I’m here, in my first issue of Flux, to share a little more about myself -- where I’m from, where my head is at, and why I’m stoked to be working with the Junto team. 

In the winter of 2008, just a few months away from graduating college with a BS in Psychology, I discovered a book called Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing. It blew my mind and my world wide open. My favorite Social Psychologist at the time, Eric Fromm, wrote the forward to the original edition published 1960. If you’re curious, the forward is almost as good as the book itself. Since then, I’ve dedicated much of my learning and creative work to the Self-Directed Education space.

In 2012-13, I contributed to the birth of a new model of intentional learning communities, called Agile Learning Centers. I served as Director of the first ALC in NYC for a few years while working to establish patterns to share the model and train others starting their own ALCs. If you’ve been following Flux for a while, you may remember Yaz’s trip to visit the ALC in NYC last November. 

I love that Junto is being described as “a movement for authenticity.” ALCs and the larger Self-Directed Education movement could be described similarly, wherein the focus lies in developing spaces for children and youth to be [and to create] themselves. It didn’t take long for me to realize that, as adults, we cannot trust children until we are willing to trust ourselves; we can’t raise free people until we understand what we need for our own liberation; we can’t nurture authenticity until we are willing to be honest with each other (yes, children are people!).

So much of my work over the years has been about creating authentic community -- designing patterns and holding space in ways that allow each individual to write their own story, while also being a part of everyone else’s. How can we have autonomy and alignment? 

It’s about partnership. It’s about having power with each other, instead of power over another. It’s about figuring out how we can get It (insert your favorite term for self-actualization here), together. It’s about acknowledging the false dichotomy of the individual vs the collective and exploring the territory beyond that contradiction. 

It is much easier to embrace these concepts in a small, close-knit group like a circle of friends or family. When we know and care about each other deeply, we don’t see another's needs or desires as a threat to our own. It’s harder to create together when the collective is larger. Partially, because there are more perspectives to consider, but mostly because we don’t [yet] have effective tools or the cultural practices to navigate these greater levels of complexity. 

I’m excited to help Junto design for the health of the individual and the collective, and for the reality that they are inseparable. We want to evoke the most authentic expressions of our individual perspectives, while also developing a culture that recognizes we expand who we are by understanding the perspective of another. 

More and more my experience with social media is like navigating a minefield of distraction and toxicity to pluck out a piece of information or make a brief connection. It doesn’t have to be this way.

I’m looking forward to the coming weeks and months as we prepare to start playing in a new container -- a social organism designed to support deeper levels of expression, collaboration, and understanding. One that we’ll be evolving together.


#AppUpdates

We’ve just begun phase one of internal alpha testing (amongst the core team). We’ll be testing for the next four to six weeks; an exciting new era!

#WebsiteTranslations

We are currently in the process of translating www.junto.foundation into many languages. Hungarian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Japanese, Slovenian, Swedish, Danish, Turkish, Thai and Chinese. Thank you to all of our translators! If you are fluent in one of these languages and would like to volunteer to review completed translations or have any leads for an Arabic translator (other languages are welcome too), please email yasmin@junto.foundation (we will pay you for your time).

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