Logistics and Practical Checklist
Did you submit a resume?
How much time would you like to work on FeF things vs your other work?
I would like to work full time for OSE and maintain my ties to my current professional network.
A number of options:
- Still entirely employed by Arap and go through an internal funding mechanism called 'Arap Pause' to fund my OSE work through a charitable donation option of the company. I would be able to maintain my health care and benefits. I have a template application in hand, I would be surprised if it was turned around by July 1, but I will have more info in the next few days. I've never had anything go through, but I've seen other people get it.
- What is the benefit to Arap?
- Arap doesn't have to benefit from a commercial standpoint, their mission is to create a better world, if Marshall can substantiate the thesis that OSE is alleviating poverty in terms of the built environment, they may be interested.
- Take a leave of absence from Arap and I would not be able to maintain my salary, benefits, health care, etc.
- Maintaining a piece of work from Arap for 20hrs/week via telecommute - would not require the internal funding approval from Arap.
- Can you keep it at 20 or will it spill over?
- Marshall is good with boundaries, so he can do only 20.
What would you do for Arap?
Management for two projects, people are doing calculations and legwork for me that I oversee, consult with larger project teams.
One project is analyzing how to make buildings net zero for a California utility. We are producing a model of energy output for future consulting. The main method is Photovoltaics.
Are you intrinsically motivated?
I can do 35-50 hours of work for OSE.
What are you trying to get out of this? How do you survive in a startup environment?
I like that you're talking about trainings and group dynamics. Emotional level check-ins are important. (Marcin - everyone needs to develop as adults, everyone has baggage, it will come out at FeF, it could turn into Lord of the Flies, people need to learn to cultivate a positive attitude, if you're here to liberate yourself alongside me, you're here for the right reason, we want lifestyle investors where you're part of a new world). This resonates pretty seriously with me, I'm living in a great city for a great company, and I'm looking elsewhere for intrinsic reasons, I'm seeing that I'm not living my truth right now as much as I want, I'm preparing for the possibility of having children, what will I tell my children that I did with all of these years, will I tell them that I contributed to centralized high-rise technicall blah blah, that wouldn't tell them much, but if I tell them that I"m contributing to a system that will provide knowledge about developing the means of production to every corner of the world, I can get up in the morning for that sake, I have no doubt I will be putting in the extra hours, I can draw on dozens of
Do you feel like you know what you're getting into?
The only thing I'm concerned about is how the power dynamics play out there. How does your founding stake show up in the decision making process? Is it totalitarian or is it round-table discussion?
What is your picture of how the power dynamics play out ideally?
There is authority and responsibility given out among the group, authority/responsibiilty over pieces of work as opposed to people in the project, decision-making, when it comes to project-based decisions, those that had previously done the work would be the ones to make the work, but larger decisions, like the direction of the project, I would hope or expect there to be space for collective visioning and processes to share the visioning to get to a shared vision of where the project is headed and make decisions according to that.
From where I'm sitting, I feel like I have to speak in vague terms.
(Marcin - let's get specific - for management, the roles have to be clear - what are the decisions to be made/what are the things that are already clear - )
Roles are pretty clearly defined at Arap (Marcin - we should have clearly defined roles, if you don't do that you're asking for trouble)
I'm hearing that my concerns are valid and that we are actively trying to address these issues as OSE.
(Marcin - the way I gauge authority is based on experience).
(Marcin - what are the meanings of terms, what do you mean by 'collective')
The context that I heard you describe, picking the color of paint for the house, my expectation that decisions like that will come up a lot during the day, from when we eat, what we eat, etc. I anticipate that living/working in the same space, I'm talking about living inhabiting space together, that comes under the term 'collective'.
(Marcin - I know what you're talking about, and this is hard, in the past, someone without much knowledge about water systems installed our system and it broke and cost us a bunch of money - so how I address it - if it has something to do with infrastucture, we defer
Please introduce yourself and what position you are applying for (if not clear on position, it will be covered later)
Management also wants to be hands-on - 2/3 - 3/4 management & the rest hands on
Are you interested in working on-site at FeF or are you interested in remote collaboration.
Are you applying as a volunteer or for a paid position?
Are you ok with a 2 week trial period? One month trial period?
If it's the paid position, is $2000/month acceptable to you?
Paid position, no health care, trying to get a cook and that would cover food - healthcare is a discussion point with Arap
Which track are you interested in (management or admin/apprentice/entrepreneur)
When are you available?
needs a month notice to be on site
How long will you stay with us?
pretty darn interested, he has long-term plans in lawrence kansas, but if this job at ose turns into years it works out with his plans for lawrence, starting a center for transformative technologies - modelled after the san francisco bike kitchen - expanding to gas powered bikes, modeled after eugene center for appropriate transportation - broad interest in lawrence - he's interested in biomas as a transportation fuel
How did you find out about us?
Have you seen my TED Talk?
What do you care about?
open source is definitely what pulls him to OSe, making technology open source is visionary move towards a world past competitive capitalism, contributing to a world where how well people are supported is a measurement of success - how well are people able to survive and thrive - ose plays a piece in that -
What do you see yourself doing with us at Factor e Farm?
How does our work relate to your care?
For that which you care about doing with us, what is your track record/work samples?
He has CAD examples for building design - he will send those examples - machine design would be a new area for him - he does believe he has skills that would transfer
Fluid dynamics/thermal dynamics
He has designed air, water, and steam systems, refridgeration cycles, power cycles, physcrometrics (science of relationship between temperature and capacity of air to hold liquid humidity versus temperature)
took a 30hr course, comfortable with a lathe and mill, relatively comfortable with everything but oxy welding, can do mig, tig, stick welding, cutting torch
What is your history with open source?
Casita Center for ... - took instruction manuals to building bicycle powered water pumps and translated them from spanish to english for posting online
How does your current job relate to your open source ideals?
He's in a stage of growing his own skills and Arap is an opportunity to learn a lot - Arap is a leader within front-end high-tech sustainable solutions in the building industry - this is not necessarily the primary solution in making the world a humane place - it is one solution within a set of soultions
What skills can you add to OSE?
Licensesd Mechancical Engineer, mechanical systems, fluid dynamics and thermal dynamics, experience with collective decision making and collective living, machining and welding, taking a forging class, spent the last year playing a management role within a large utility project for a pharmaceuitical company at a campus of 50 building with 5 different disciplines involved with many people at the table, experience with scheduling, experience with men's accountability and integrity and emotional literacy
Day to Day at OSE?
2-3 hours reaching out to develop a network of people to contribute to the design/process of the project, maintaining the existing network and checking in on with people doing tasks remotely and on-site, workhorse for people to solve issues for people who work for him, check in with marcin letting people know where we are and how progress is going, feeding back into schedule, status updates, putting videos up, graphic representation of complicated ideas is emerging as something really important - people come to him for that at his current job -
What tools do you use for graphical representation?
Sketchup, powerpoint, excel, visual basic, gimp, inkscape, (took a class on visual basic with autocad), excel integrates with visual basic, adobe illustrator, he will send a snapshot
- Tell us about yourself.
- Tell me about the last 5 years of your life.
- What are you interested in getting out of this opportunity?
- What do you think is the best use of your time?
- What are your three strongest skills that you bring to this position? Substantiate.
- What are the principles you use as guidance?
- What are your professional accomplishments that you are most proud about?
- If you could investigate anything, what would it be?
- What are your most important resources?
- What are the qualities that are inspiring about you?
- What opportunities are you hoping to get?
- What inspires you?
- What are your outside interests?
- How do you add value?
- What are 5 of your greatest accomplishments in your professional history?
- What are 5 of your greatest failures in your professional history?
- Illustrate your creativity.
- What do you look for when hiring someone?
- Would you rather create strategy, design a solution, solve a problem, or create a process? Why that?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What did you learn in your present job or position? How long would it take you to make a contribution to this company? What do you imagine that contribution would be? Why should we hire you? What can you offer that someone else does not? What interests you most about this position? What interests you least about this position?