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Lots of good stuff in December, at the Collective.

mrkvon and banan arrived here a while ago and have been excellent at getting me deeper into the code base. This led to some  cosmetic changes on the site, including edit buttons on some static pages such as the guide.

Related to that, we now have a wiki: wiki.trustroots.org – it’s actually not new, we simply hijacked Couchwiki, which is a wiki I was running since 2009 (when couchsurfing decided to take down the CouchSurfing Wiki – it took a couple more years to pull the final trigger).

And then we have a nicer developers.trustroots.org that can help with getting more people active.

akronix returned for a couple more days, and progressed with a text-based user search function. This will go live really soon. mrkvon and banan have done great work on

We now have a Discourse forum: meta.trustroots.org is a place to coordinate and discuss ideas and more.

And then I’m really happy triphopping Kenny (check his awesome podcast!) arrived here yesterday, he has some great insights how we can make Trustroots more awesome and grow Trustroots in the US.

 

 

What’s brewing at the Collective?

Hey folks!

Near one of the longest virgin beaches of Spain, the mixture of work, sun and sea brought this great energy into the community of Trustroots: lots of new people ready to team up and work online! Growing the roots!

Summer days, summer nights are gone
Summer days and the summer nights are gone
I know a place where there’s still somethin’ going on

Tech boost

It’s really nice to see this much geekery from 10 different people in just one week

Online activity on Slack and GitHub has increased massively. A large part of this flurry of activity is thanks to Hacktoberfest where we show up on the main page at times.

What’s next

Guaka picked up Akronix on the way, which led to some pair programming. Akronix has already left but will present Trustroots at the Hackmeeting in Malaga from 1st to 4th November.

Tech wise, the top priority this year is to add reference-type functionality to contacts between profiles. You can follow some of that on GitHub.

Spreading the word

Together with Lisanna we have been working on the interface and user experience. We also revived our instagram, joining other travellers on the globe. We want to get merchandise to travellers with blogs and social media following, through our shop.

Goals

These are the goals we set ourselves:

Reach out to (new) members

We gotta do more outreach. Got a travel blog, write about Trustroots! We also welcome guest posts on our own blog, if you like writing about anything related to Trustroots, travel, trust if you want to tell the world about your experience with Trustroots.

Wakey wakey support team

Helena started taking care of support queries. Let us know if you want to help with this.

Safety team

Wherever your journey brings you to, remain trustworthy yet aware. We’re so many on the go, to keep Trustroots safe and trusty we’re adding safety features. We are here for you, building a community.  Wanna help?

Three’s a crowd (of coders)

There’s a lot of tech activity, definitely more than 3 active coders.  Guess we can increase the goal to 10 active coders to work on these triple T features:

  • Trust features: this is progressing nicely with work on references
  • Tribe communication feature (but no forum pleaz!!!1!!!!!!1111)
  • Tea-Geolocation: for peace of mind, free tea for everyone, always

 

Ca$h

 

Trustroots is a moneyless foundation. At this point. The collective is self-funded. To make this easier in the future we want to try and get your money, OK? Coz life’s a beach.

Patreon is the way! (or so we think) If you have experience with raising money on such platforms, welcome on board to help with text, video, all that jazz.

More seriously

On a serious note: we are very aware of some issues around hospitality exchange networks in the past and there’s a lot of that we don’t want:

  • turn into a for profit corporation
  • raise 20M$ VC money (and waste it all)
  • a board or an executive team that’s detached from the community
  • dictators and censorship (really, this happened)
  • endless discussions

And this is what we do want:

 

Wanna join?

The Collective is promising and we wish to be expanding and developing more in the following months. The best is yet to come – and we need some yoga partners! Stay tuned, stay trusty!

Check this form if you want to join us.

Yogis and yoginis of the world, unite!

Iberian Collective

tl;dr We’re organizing a Trustroots Collective this Autumn somewhere in the South of Portugal or in Andalusia.

 

What

A Collective is a time and space bound group of people choosing to work non profit on the same cause they believe in, like hospitality (exchange) or contributing in helping for any other reason.

In short, we will rent a space for volunteer work on Trustroots.

Why

Trustroots has been around for a while now, and the Community is growing nicely with amazing people. This is the reason Trustroots needs some more love and help energy to keep moving on. Now it’s time to accelerate things a bit.

Trustroots is reaching out for YOU.

When

We are aiming to start in October, and keep it going till at least December 2018. In other words, TR Autumn ’18 Collective.

Where

We’re aiming for the South of Portugal, Algarve, or the West Andalusia region of Spain, near the frontier.

Our first choices are either the beach of La Antilla or the beach or El Portil, in South West of Spain., but open for ideas if feasible.

This a particular interesting area for few reasons, like its mild Autumn weather (some people would call it Summer), kilometers of beach to walk, and tons of places to trip to in the near by area. This zone holds the largest protected area in Spain, including a National Park, is also close to spectacular rocky beaches in Algarve, beautiful and big Sevilla is 90 minutes away and it has all the peace of the ocean right on the corner.

If you are coming from or going to Africa around those dates, this can also be a good place to make a stop and give the TR Community a hand (please read below) as part of your adventures.

We’d like to have a place where we can volunteer on something we love, TR Community, and also have a place to share an international helping spirit.

How

We have some awesome people in the network now. We want to reach out and get some of these creative minds together in one space.

We will be all sharing the place, work, ideas, and how we would like to contribute or how TR should grow. However,sometimes work and fun go hand & hand and we want this to be one of those.

Food (Veg), shared accomodation and optional activities will be organized for volunteers willing to run the extra mile to help TR be accesible to more people.

Goals

  • reach out to members
  • more/better feedback to members who communicate
  • activate 10+ volunteers
  • active 3+ active programmers
  • some features:
    • add tribe communication feature
    • more geolocation
    • better trust features

Wanna help? We knew you did!

Most Welcome:

  • Coding: geeks, hackers, especially if you’re well versed in JavaScript (both frontend and Node.js)
  • Designers, artists
  • Writers, authors
  • Community Reachers and Connectors
  • Babysitters, yes, if you like kids, you are in :)
  • Cook, cooks asistants
  • anything else, let us know
  • We have not decided for any place yet, so if you can help us find a place in the South West of the Iberian Peninsula, get in contact pronto!

Wanna come join? Fill in this form

For other stuff, contact Guaka through Trustroots or by email.

 

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