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Time has come! With the redesign of yunity.org, the heartbeat found it's new place on https://yunity.org/heartbeat

All past heartbeats have been copied, too.

yunity heartbeat 2017-04-30

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


Foodsaving Worldwide.

  • We started a new small project to help people save food on every occasion: The foodsaving language guide.
    So far it's just a pad, where we collect useful phrases, that can be used to talk to shop owners. We hope to come up with a nice collection, that will then be translated into as many languages as possible, to on the one hand help foodsaving groups to build up cooperations and on the other to enable freegan travelers to live off the surplus of abundant consumer societies, in which dumpster diving proves difficult.

News from foodsaving groups

  • foodsharing Bilbao had its first distribution event at Karmela on April 27th.
  • Did you know that on April 29th there was World Disco Soup Day? Well the foodsharing groups in Maastricht and Copenhagen did, and so they did what was due: Hosting disco soup events! (big grin)
  • foodsharing Poland and its ever-growing army of Food-Share Points has now been featured in an article in a magazine! See the Polish original here. (We already did a raw text-only translation in a pad, which you can access here, and are still waiting for permission to publish the translated version on foodsaving.today.)
  • Janina Abels recently stumbled upon this video about foodsharing Madrid. Unable to tell how old it is, she added Luis Tamayo on facebook and is now hoping to hear the whole story from him. It hopefully is one, that is still ongoing! (wink)
  • Janina Abels is also in contact with a motivated guy named Angel from Valencia, who is wondering why there is a foodsharing Valencia facebook group, but no activity. Maybe he can be coached - just like Unai was - and enabled to reactivate the foodsharing project of Valencia. And maybe that will be a reason to revisit this beautiful city, Janina and Tilmann just came by in February... (wink)
  • The last piece of intel from the Spain research is, that there apparently is a foodsharing group in León. Alvaro Saiz Ruiz - the man behind Nevera Solidaria, who Janina Abels and Unai Gaztelu visited in Galdako - said so, but we have not been in contact with them so far. We found a page from 2015, where they apparently took part in the Recuore Festival (there also is a video, that shows a whole hour of discussion about food waste!) and another page from around the same time lists even more interesting parties, that work for the same goal as we do, but there's nothing more recent to find as of now. What happened there? Who are or have been the main people behind these initiatives? What became of them? Foodsaving research can be like a detective story sometimes...^^

foodsaving.today

  • The second part of the series of blog posts from Gothenburg was published. This time it's all about the practical challenges a foodsaving project is confronted with when trying to get stores to cooperate. Read here how the people of Gothenburg chose to deal with them!

foodsaving.world

Our project constantly attracts the interest of developers; we only need to find out how to grow the core group, currently consisting of Tilmann, Lars, Nick and Janina. Other than that, bits of progress were made:

The changes will be online soon. For the brave and curious: you can already try them out on dev.foodsaving.world.

foodsharing.de

There is a new post on the foodsharing devblog concerning the recent developments at the Easter hackathon in Berlin. Matthias Larisch and Raphel Wintrich came to Nick Sellen's place and the three of them were coding together productively, writing more than 120 messages in #foodsharing-dev on Slack and inspired some enthusiastic feedback: 




Harzgerode.

Since the beginning of 2017 Harzgerode has been a place for yuniteers to go to. The former children's clinic in the Harz mountains in central Germany is situated in the forest, but still offers a great food situation for dumpster divers. There are intact windows and clean rooms, running water, electricity and internet, as well as a lot of space and the benevolent support of Bernd Rühl. At first it was mainly some people looking for shelter and comfort, being exhausted from the harsh winter in Bad Dürrenberg. Then the wh-y-unity meetings were held in the former clinic and now more and more yuniteers go where more and more yuniteers go - we know that dynamic...

But it's not only or mainly yunity folks, who populate the building and compound. Since it is such a great area, this year's undjetzt?! conference will take place in Harzgerode and maybe even the Utopival. Those two events are very close to yunity, be it thematically or personally, so synergies will definitely form! For example, compost toilets and solar showers are already being built to serve all of the events.



yunity Website.

As announced in the last heartbeat, Nick Sellen started working on a new and pretty minimal website for yunity.org. Tilmann and Janina Abels are supporting him in this endeavor and now what's mostly missing is feedback from other yuniteers if we want to exchange the good old project.yunity.org homepage with the proposed new.yunity.org one - which is still a work in progress of course.

If we can get to any kind of agreement the next heartbeat will already be published on yunity.org directly (no 'project' or 'new' will compromise the simple beauty of the url anymore then...).

These are two proposals of how it could look like:




About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it on Sunday or the following Monday as a wiki blog article.

Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

How to contribute?

You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.

Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!

Other heartbeats

Blog Posts

yunity heartbeat 2017-04-16


The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


Foodsaving Worldwide.

News from foodsaving groups

foodsaving.today

  • Nick Sellen implemented translation support for foodsaving.today. You now can contribute translations using crowdin.
  • To gather more quality content for the new blog on foodsaving.today, we poked several people to help us out with intel on their projects, e.g. foodsharing Warsaw, foodsharing Russia, foodsharing Maastricht and some words from Unai himself about foodsharing Bilbao. More are to follow!

foodsaving.world

  • Development is speeding up again

  • Swedish translation is updated, thanks to our friends from Gothenburg
  • The page to manage pickup dates, accessible from the store page, has been extended. It now shows all pickup dates per recurring pickup date and has the option to modify and delete pickup dates, even if they are part of a recurring pickup date
  • The map location of groups and stores can now be fine-tuned by dragging around the map markers in the edit page
  • Every group has now a public information page, showing the location, number of members and public description.
  • Layout on mobile phones has been improved

foodsharing.de



Wurzen Planning.


Matthias published this announcement in the yunity Slack:

So, people, there is actually a small problem regarding the Wurzen Project: The core team currently consists of Bodhi, Doug, Frank and me (Matthias Larisch). And that is not enough. Is there some people here who would commit to participating in the community processes currently going on (and on hold) in Harzgerode? People who would come with us to Wurzen before May and start working on the house? You are not obliged to stay there forever - but currently the motivation is very much down because of the lack of general commitment and contribution.

That fits with the general change of direction in yunity that was the reason for the "why-yunity" meetings. Bodhi gives more insight in this interview (in German).

The current plan is to work more closely with the HWR e.V. and extend the team outside of the traditional yunity circles.



yunity Website.

The yunity.org website is severely outdated, which already confused contributors to the foodsaving tool. Chrisi, one of our yunity members, is working on a Wordpress-based redesign of the existing page, but there is not enough content for it to replace the existing page.

In the meantime, Nick proposed to create a much simpler page, based on the Grav CMS. It would have a main page with links to the sub-projects and the yunity heartbeat would also be move there. All other content would be moved to sites of sub-projects. More information can be found in his proposal.




About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it on Sunday or the following Monday as a wiki blog article.

Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

How to contribute?

You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.

Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!

Other heartbeats

Blog Posts

yunity heartbeat 2017-04-02

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


Wurzen Planning.

After the wh-y-unity meetings took place from March 12 to 19, it was finally time for the Wurzen plannings to start! The people mainly involved in this initial phase of concrete planning are Matthias LarischBodhi Neiser, Douglas Webb and fr4nk 0nf1r3. Those are also the ones, who will be moving in first.

For two weeks now, the talks are going on and the people participating shed light on their expectations, fears and wishes, so that mutual understanding can be reached. They spoke about how to have meetings and how decisions will be made; they brought together their visions and goals, exchanged their opinions on drug use, as well as on concepts of how to handle items and property. The process will continue over the next weeks until the contract can finally be signed and the first people move in to Wurzen.

This process is meant to help us make the project a success, to form a stable community that can be as open as possible, where we can work on the house itself first, and very soon on other projects as well. Regarding the legal progress, we formed an association that will be registered next week, so that we can then create a bank account, collect all the money we need and finally sign the contract to buy the houses.


More detailed minutes from the meetings, which commenced on March 21st can be found here.



Freemarkets in Badue and Berlin.

Bad Dürrenberg: On April 1st there was a free market at the WuppHaus Bad Dürrenberg.  It was a beautiful, sunny and relaxed day. Not many people showed up, probably due to bad advertising and some confusion regarding commitment to the house, but the ones that came had an exceptionally good day with lots of opportunities to connect and play.

The WuppHaus is in an interesting phase at the moment. There are questions around money use turning more towards its favour as less yunity people are involved and some locals, especially Mandy and Mike are getting serious about the building. People want to support each other in their wishes and dreams, and - as always - communication is key. (wink)
We will see where all that leads.

Berlin: On Friday the 31st of March there also was a freemarket in Berlin: After a big event to build compost toilets at the Wartenberger Hof in Berlin, it was held to celebrate the finish of the joint efforts. Even though the location in Höhenschönhausen is not what Berlin people would call 'central', quite some people showed up and even after the official end at 7pm, there was still a campfire going on, with a handful people planning the Humus Festival, enjoying each other's company and building even another compost toilet.




Foodsaving Worldwide.

Visit our tool on foodsaving.world

In Progress

  • Joachim Thome and Janina Abels arrived in Bilbao and started working on kickstarting foodsharing there together with Unai Gaztelu. Updates are reported daily on the wiki page linked, so stay tuned! 
  • Nick Sellen is carrying the torch for the foodsaving tool team, while Tilmann is absent. He recently created an issue to discuss possible rebranding of the software, so that existing groups don't feel as if they joined another organization, when starting to use it on foodsaving.world. Any input on this is welcome!
  • Nick Sellen also came up with the idea to have a blog, that collects any relevant info from the world of foodsaving - be it more or less commercial - to create a resource for interested people. This blog just started, but we hope to fill it with valuable information soon!
  • Isabella from Malo recently contacted us with some questions on how to use the foodsaving tool. We had no idea that the cooperations built for the very first WuppDays in October 2016 were still working! And now she's even using our software, isn't that a great development?
  • Another update reached our ears from Stefan Simon, who was the driving force behind foodsharing Taiwan: Even though he is back in Europe for now, the Taiwanese initiative goes on and he even gives interviews via Skype to curious journalists! He plans on going back in summer, and then the project will probably expand again. (smile)

Challenges/help needed

  • You are part of a foodsaving or -sharing initiative? You happen to know a lot about any aspect of the subject, like a specific platform, project or kind of approach? Maybe you even feel like writing inspiring blog posts..? Please contact us, so that we can make foodsaving.today the great resource we want it to be!



Foodsharing.de Development.

Done

In Progress

  • Dominik came up with the idea to create a template for local groups to use, when wanting to create an individual homepage. This would allow for more individuality - also doing more justice to the new association structure in foodsharing.de, which basically makes every local community their own association, be it registered or not - while at the same time maintaining a somewhat common look and identity.
  • There also is the idea to create a better mobile app, that would facilitate contacting specific individuals using push notifications. If this would be a native app or a mobile-friendly web app is still discussed.
  • Lorenz Sieben expressed interest to implement Doctrine ORM for the backend. He would like to investigate the codebase a bit more first, then discuss proposals to integrate an ORM. Lorenz is a little unsure of his time commitment though



Culture.

Done

  • Makka Cosa wrote a nice song called 'Sharing Kultur', that is inspired by yunity and foodsharing. He recorded it for us and it is now accessible on the wiki.

In Progress

  • Bruno from Gothenburg told us, that he recently presented the idea of saving and sharing resources to more people in his city, who all were excited about it. Apart from an already active foodsaving community, there is a project called bicycle kitchen, that saves and repairs bikes from the streets, and according to Bruno they'd also need a sharing software at some point, since the interest in the topic is huge. They even have support of the city officials, and as it seems Gothenburg is fighting waste very actively!
    To keep interested people from the wider community updated Bruno suggested to create #gothenburg on Slack, where he will share the news from now on.
  • Janina Abels wants to write pages on more parts of yunity culture, like hitchhiking, dumpster diving, functional living, plate licking and hygiene bottles. At some point she'll hopefully get to it...

Challenges/help needed

  • Or do you want to help out with writing about above-mentioned topics? That would be highly appreciated!
  • Also every other cultural aspect, that you see as relevant to yunity can be elaborated on! Do you have any ideas? Let us know!



About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it on Sunday or the following Monday as a wiki blog article.

Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

How to contribute?

  • You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.
  • Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!

Other heartbeats

Blog Posts

yunity heartbeat 2017-03-19

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


Wh-y-unity meetings Harzgerode.

Over the course of last week a small number of yuniteers finally managed to meet up in person to discuss the deeper questions of our endeavor and organization, namely:

  • Why are we doing what we are doing?
  • How does this relate to yunity?
  • What is yunity?
  • What do we want it to be?

The people meeting in Harzgerode were Paul FreeJanina AbelsLaurinaMatthias Larisch and Bodhi Neiser, partly accompanied by fr4nk 0nf1r3 and Lisa, and joined by Douglas Webb, Philip Engelbutzeder and Rosina Klotz for the very last day. Also, Nick Sellen and Tilmann followed the process remotely and sometimes supported it with comments.

The initial idea was to approach the topics going from the abstract to the conctete, meaning that the personal level is addressed first, to get clarity on one's own driving forces, goals and values, to then come to a shared group perspective almost naturally. However, this turned out to be a very lenghty and sometimes unsatisfying procedure, so that we decided to reverse the process midweek. Janina Abels took on the responsibility to document the talks and wrote many wiki pages, which are mostly unfinished up to now, but she's positive to finish them in the coming days.

Outcomes:

  • The self-realization, that yunity is a network rather than a project or a community.
  • The general opinion, that this is not a bad thing.
  • A proposal for a set of group values, to serve as an addition to the vision and mission of yunity.
  • The realization that this process has just started and will probably never be finished completely.

Documentation:

Day One, Sunday 2017-03-12

Day Two, Monday 2017-03-13

Day Three, Tuesday 2017-03-14

Day Four, Wednesday 2017-03-15

Day Five, Thursday 2017-03-16

Day Six, Friday 2017-03-17

Day Seven, Saturday 2017-03-18

Day Eight, Sunday 2017-03-19



Foodsaving Tool.

Visit on foodsaving.world

So many new contributors! Since we gained a lot of womanpower during the last weeks (and some guys joined as well... (wink)), we are now in a phase where everybody works to find their place in the project and figures out how to work together most productively and pleasantly. More words are written in #foodsaving-tool on Slack than code is committed on github, but that is completely fine and necessary for people to turn into an actual team. The mood in the chat is great and now we even had our very first gif posted in the channel, because tomi was so thrilled by the discussion about admin privileges:

Tilmann  - who is on a bike trip since November last year - just reached the southern coast of Spain and didn't have much time, electricity or wifi during the last week, so his capacities to act as a team leader were limited. In the coming days he's going to cross the Straight of Gibraltar - probably by boat, this time...^^ - and who knows how much time, electricity and wifi he'll find in Morocco. This is the perfect moment for the new contributors to self-organize and bring the project forward as they see fit, by relying on peer-reviews and open communication. Go foodsaving-tool team! (big grin)



Foodsharing.de Development.

Stuff is happening again with regards to foodsharing.de development! Raphael Wintrich came back and is ready and motivated to progress open sourcing. It still is unclear how the old mastermind and the newer contributors will work together, but Nick Sellen is managing communications and after some calls and in-person meetings on the upcoming 'foodsharing goes open source' hackathon - where it is planned to really get down to business with a few focused devs - it should be possible to work together productively.



Foodsaving Worldwide.

In Progress

  • Janina Abels and Joachim Thome are planning their trip to Bilbao in April, to support Unai in starting a local foodsaving and -sharing initiative.
  • The foodsavers of Göteborg are starting to really use the foodsaving tool and with Nicolas Sahlqvist a developer out of their group joined the foodsaving tool team.

Challenges/help needed

  • Do you happen to have contacts in Bilbao? Please let us know! (smile)



About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it on Sunday or the following Monday as a wiki blog article.

Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

How to contribute?

  • You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.
  • Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!

Other heartbeats

Blog Posts

yunity heartbeat 2017-03-05

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


Foodsaving Tool.

Visit on foodsaving.world


We are happy to receive much attention from teams of the Rails Girls Summer of Code. It's an amazing project to get more women into open source projects. It was heartily recommended to us (thanks Thea Amanda!). Despite the name, which is referencing the Ruby on Rails web framework, it's actually open for all kinds of programming languages, as long as the projects are open source and have a welcoming culture. So far, 5 teams have expressed interest in our application, which puts us in the third topmost position, just behind the well-known projects scikit-image and Nextcloud . Even though we are just getting started, there's already a lot of knowledge in our project to learn from, and hopefully this will increase manifold in the next months!

New features and developments:

  • Landing page with a map of all groups, new title font (Cabin Sketch)
  • User action history for groups
  • Store management page with overview of all pickup date settings, incl. editing of pickup dates and series
  • Updated languages: German, Esperanto, Spanish, French, Italian, Russian
  • We do daily off-site backups now!
  • Store editing with markdown preview
  • Store create now uses the same form as store editing, incl. nice address input
  • Minimum group & store name length (5 resp. 3 characters)
  • Group names have to be unique, and store names have to be unique within their group
  • Changes to group and store name will do immediate updates throughout the page

Landing pageGroup overview mapPickup ManagementHistory



Foodsaving Worldwide.

  • Foodsharing Poland held a big meeting in Torun, Poland, to connect the emerging foodsharing communities of the different Polish cities.
  • Foodsharing Copenhagen is as active as ever! They are doing lots of great actions and they tell about it in English as well! (wink)
  • Joachim Thome already held the 8th online meeting with Unai from Bilbao and now the preparations and plannings lead to more concrete ideas of going down there to help him really get started with foodsharing Bilbao! Any experienced foodsavers and/or -sharers who want to join in? Write us a mail!
  • Kristijan Miklobusec shared the inspiring annual report of foodsharing Mainz, Janina Abels translated it and now it's on our wiki, so that everyone can see what foodsharing communities can make possible!



Wh-y-unity.

Since Paul Free put emphasis on the why from the very beginning and the dedicated Slack channel is also called why-y-unity, this seems to have become the name of the topic. The deeper question of why we do what we do in yunity, which has been raised again due to the Wurzen issue, is treated now inidivually by people. Bigger gatherings of many people are still preferred by some to initiate a creative group process, but so far the scheduling turned out to be quite difficult.

In the meantime a new section on the wiki was created to give a home to the personal statements and meeting notes from smaller groups, which already took place in different locations. Feel free to ask yourself why you are with yunity, what you want to achieve with yunity and what that name actually means to you and then share what you come up with! (smile)



WuppHaus Bad Dürrenberg.

  • The winter was hard and draining, so we will take a break from this project until spring.
  • Even though we received lots of attention and support, the Badue locals mostly are not very proactive yet
  • The house will not be open for the next weeks, but we still have the keys and as soon as the sun will make the plants grow again we'll be back!
  • Nothing is lost, what has been achieved is still there, but for now we need to press pause.




About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it on Sunday or the following Monday as a wiki blog article.

Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

How to contribute?

  • You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.
  • Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!

Other heartbeats

Blog Posts

yunity heartbeat 2017-02-19

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


Foodsaving Tool.

Visit on foodsaving.world


After a lot of research, trial & error and learning about the difficulties that come with timezones, daylight saving time and a hopefully globally distributed user base, Tilmann finally succeeded in implementing the recurring pick-up dates! That means, that people can now enter pick-ups that will repeat e.g. every week, like requested multiple times. Apart from that Lars Wolf put quite some effort in finalizing the multi view and making it mobile friendly, so now our users always see the store list and the overview map on the side on bigger screens. Look at these screenshots:

Apart from that various small changes were made, Andreas Langecker also is enthusiastically contributing again and a long and fruitful dev meeting was held on the 18th. Have a look at the outcomes here!

  • We call for collaboration with foodsaving groups! Contact us on foodsaving@yunity.org!
  • Automatic login after signup
  • Design changes: favicon, initial loading progress bar, 
  • Group location (e.g. city) can be set on a map
  • Short how-to for markdown input
  • Optimized number of server requests on group page
  • Translation: Russian and Italian added
  • Localization: dates are shown in the preferred format of the user
  • New dev.foodsaving.world subdomain for faster development without degrading user experience on the main website
  • Planning for upcoming features



Wupp(?)Haus Wurzen.

The timeframe for the big planning meetings are still unclear. The face-to-face discussions about the general orientation of yunity and the question why we are part of it will preferably take place before them, but won't start before March as it seems. The association for the housing project in Wurzen will hopefully be founded this week, registration may take some weeks. The buying contract is in the process of being made. So the earliest time to move in would be mid-March. But also keep in mind the processes around  - so maybe it's better to expect April to start, before we'll really be living in the Wurzen housing project.

fr4nk 0nf1r3 is working on getting the permaculture project started. After finding suitable land for setting up a greenhouse and some beds for growing edible plants in Wurzen, he is thinking about ways to build up humus to fertilize the soils again. Earthworms seem to be the best way to do this. Since he thinks that making such projects in a group is more fun, he got into PR a bit and visited some events in his hometown to talk about yunity. Between herbal tea and sports, he would like to do a lot of reading on plants and also technologies that give a certain benefit to ecosystems instead of harming them.



Foodsaving Worldwide.

Done

  • Joachim Thome is pushing Unai from Bilbao to take all his courage and approach a store. This is the most important step to really get going. You can do it, Unai!
  • Update: Unai did it! Congratulations! (big grin) Contacts to stores and local collaborators are being made, flyers are being prepared and the next online meetin is already in planning.
  • Claudie from Rotterdam contacted us again, to collaborate further. Just last week they made huge progress, when a big supermarket agreed to daily pick-ups, a food bank got ready for weekly pick-ups and they even decided to make a whole room available for foodsharing purposes in the Antonius building, yeah!
  • Claudie and Taras from Stockholm both posted in the foodsaving worldwide group on facebook, making it livlier and more interesting to other foodsaving and -sharing enthusiasts.
  • Kristijan Miklobusec's article about the foodsharing brunch in Mainz, which is successfully held every week since two years already, points out the importance of community building, as well as providing the concrete example of how to achieve this.



Translation.

Done

Challenges/help needed

  • Suddenly there are a lot of German to English translation tasks. Wanna help? Visit #translation on Slack!
  • Setting up a software supporting translation work. (zanata is already in use, but not connected to the webpage. contact: Paul Free)



WuppHaus Bad Dürrenberg.

Done

  • Material gets donated constantly.
  • More and more people help out on a regular basis.
  • The website gets updated regularly.
  • The statistics of how many people are curently using the free wifi at the train station are now public.

In Progress

  • Weekly meetings concerning specific topics are being implemented (e.g. construction, culture & events, why we share)
  • Cooperations to directly save food from stores are being built. If successful, the foodsaving tool will be used to manage the pick-ups.

Challenges/help needed

  • Electricity: How can we get it through sharing, even when Reik moves out of his flat? So far we only were shown solutions, which require exchange.
  • How to handle conflicts between individuals?
  • How to handle alcohol?
  • More yuniteers who are willing to stay for a while are needed! Especially those who are interested in getting involved with the local community, putting in place the mentioned meetings/foodsaving structures, finding creative solutions of money-free-only sharing approaches and being an inspiring rock for the people of this town, that has not a lot of social infrastructure, let alone alternative variants of it.




About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it on Sunday or the following Monday as a wiki blog article.

Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

How to contribute?

  • You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.
  • Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!

Other heartbeats

Blog Posts

yunity heartbeat 2017-02-05

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


WuppHouse planning.

Since some people decided to use their private money to buy two houses in Wurzen, following the plan to turn them into a big WuppHaus, a big discussion started. Depending on who you ask, you will get different answeres as to what is the gist of the debate, how grave or serious it actually is and who stands on which side. Janina Abels wrote her observations down in this pretty long and probably not completely objective article and the longer statements of the people involved are accessible on this wiki page. Please read through them and form your own opinion, if you want, because every summary of the issue holds the risk of simplifications and the creation of clearly separated camps and categories, that don't appropriately reflect reality.


Just so much:

  • the use of money in the name of yunity is more than controversial
  • the questions 'What does yunity stand for?', 'Why are we with yunity?' and 'Where do we see its significance?' have been raised through this issue
  • there has been some escalation, frustration, anger and sadness
  • it was about time to tackle these questions, but we somehow avoided it before



WuppHaus Bad Dürrenberg.

Few yuniteers are left in Bad Dürrenberg, but that doesn't mean that nothing goes forward in the train station. The locals are as engaged as ever, and now get more and more integrated in yunity online communication as well, thanks to Paul Free setting up an open rocket.chat and making the peolpe using the badue channel switch to German. We still get supported with material and labor and just a few days ago a whole carpenter's workshop was offered to us, which just needs to be picked up! And design student Michaela Lautenschlager, who came by earlier in January to document our project for her studies now shared her pictures with us. The great image of Paul Free even made it to a gallery, thanks Michi! (big grin)

On the other hand the officials of the building supervision (Bauaufsicht) voiced severe concerns, which need to be addressed very soon for us to be able to stay in the train station. They simply cannot imagine - and thus not allow - that people can live in a building without central heating, intact windows in every single frame, electricity and waste water connection. Still, the woman we were in contact with seems to be generally in favor of a colorful initiative like ours to be located in Bad Dürrenberg, so we just need to meet their demands now and they won't try to put obstacles in our way.

Besides that, community engaging through a self-organized gaming day has happend. It was organized by John and Mandy. New and old faces came together to celebrate. It also created the opportunity for some philosophical conversations.  



Wupp(?)Haus Wurzen.


In the plannings for Wurzen money has played an important role, too. The official financial plan was compiled and the project presentation for the authorities got finalized. Also the question if it is okay to pursue paid work when living in the Wupp(?)Haus got raised and pondered i.a. by Douglas Webb, who pointed out the benefits and disadvantages of brights lines and fuzzy borders. Thanks to the efforts of Laurina more and more content of the Wurzen wiki space gets translated into English and Lara Earthling contributed professional building layout sketches. More thoughts on social architecture got collected, like ideas how to distinguish between residents and non-residents.

End of February a Wurzen-specific meet-up will start in Harzgerode, where people interested in pursuing this Wupp(?)Haus project will work on detailed plannings to then move in as quickly as possible, while still be prepared as well as possible.

Since the name is so controversial now, alternatives are being discussed in #wupphouse_wurzen on Slack. Come by and join in!



WuppDays #14 Barcelona

Over all these discussions and controversies the WuppDays in Barcelona lost quite a lot of their importance. Most of the time we have been 8 yuniteers at La Experimental and the daily life was filled with getting to know the super nice people populating this beautiful squat, helping in the house and in the garden, dumster diving (they call it 'recycling' here!), cooking, following individual projects and - of course - discussing the current topics important to yunity as a whole. It is also a nice and healing time of refuge from the German cold and seriousness, because with the geographic distance to Badue and Wurzen, the whole issue seemed less severe and segregating. We actually have a lot of fun dissing each other and still being completely sure of the fondness, respect and love we feel towards every other yuniteer around, even though our opinions on some things may differ.

The individual projects and activities pursued in Barcelona are the following:

Tilmann is coding the foodsaving tool and shows Janina Abels how it's done. Selina Camile shoots and cuts inspiring videos, like this one, that captures our stay at La Experimental. Adrean Liegel started writing his personal manifesto. Lara Earthling discovered that she wants to squat a house, pondered the general question if it is okay to have a dog and the specific one if it would fit in her life right now. Andreas Langecker and fritz holscher are jamming, fixing the recording studio of the house and bonding with the people here. Kaiser Mikato is preaching open source software and money free living.

For the last days three new people arrived, a more than welcome opportunity to actually hold a yunity meeting, that brings together everyone in a circle to talk about what yunity is and why we take part in it.

All in all these days do not feel very wuppy, but that's probably due to the winter, the controversies and the general relaxed manner of Spain... (wink)



Onboarding.

Done

  • Janina Abels changed the join the team page, as well as the autoresponder email, to make the publication of new signupper's applications to discourse optional and this possibility more clear in general.
  • The welcoming messaging on Slack and discourse is reliably working, yay!

In Progress

Challenges/help needed

  • part of the new onboarding process is shifting the workflow. Contact Paul Free if you're interested in this task.



Foodsaving Worldwide.

Done

  • Another call with Unai from Bilbao was held by Joachim Thome.
  • Niki contacted us to get support for starting foodsharing Maastricht.



Foodsaving Tool.

Visit on foodsaving.world

Done

  • The design got reworked: It now has an earthy brown as primary color and a nice background picture on the landing page.
  • New translations to Swedish, Spanish and Esperanto were added thanks to Fredrik, Ivan Garcia and Carlos.

In Progress

  • The recurring pick-up dates turned out to be pretty tricky and are thus still in the making.
  • Navigation improvements are worked on by Lars Wolf and should be released soon.

Challenges/help needed

  • Do you enjoy making websites look beautiful? Please contact us!



Translation.

In Progress

Challenges/help needed

  • Suddenly there are a lot of German to English translation tasks. Wanna help? Visit #translation on Slack!
  • setting up a software supporting translation work. (zanata is already in use, but not connected to the webpage. contact: Paul Free)



MOVE and glocall.


Some yuniteers take part in organizing two events, which are about strengthening the grassroot sharing movement. Bot will happen around July.
Soon there will be the next meeting. If you're interested in joining, leave Paul Free a message.

audience outreach

  • networking along the MOVE cycles
  • Philip Engelbutzeder held a great presentation in Münster (will be soon on youtube)
  • Rosina Klotz made some new videos and uploaded them here.
  • Philip is establishing contact to officials in Vienna with the intention of initating a WuppHaus (mabye 2018)
  • new newsletter tool is set up and ready to be used (ask Paul Free)




About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it on Sunday or the following Monday as a wiki blog article.

Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

How to contribute?

  • You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.
  • Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!

Other heartbeats

Blog Posts

yunity heartbeat 2017-01-22

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


WuppHaus Bad Dürrenberg.

Even though the WuppDays in Badue are over for now and the weather still is freezing cold in eastern Germany, the progress can't be stopped in the very first WuppHaus!

Especially the PR part of the project is steaming ahead as more and more media coverage is effected: We now have an overview page that collects all the self-published videos on YouTube, which could use some subtitles, there has been a new article published in a local newspaper and we get requests from various people who'd like to document our try to live the change we want to see in the world in the form of film or photo. So there's always more to be expected! (wink)

On top of that Sebastian Striegel, who is a member of the parliament of Sachsen-Anhalt for the green party (Landtagsabgeordneter der Grünen) came visiting the WuppHaus and expressed big interest in our way of living, our vision and mission and granted us his support. We still get more offers from people who'd like to help out with their skills, be it from befriended architects or a wood expert, who came by to assess the quality of the beams in the house and tell us how to handle our serpula lacrymans infestation. The German WuppHaus website gets more and more filled, we now also have sections on what we need and what we offer in the WuppHaus and we posted an informative article about the outcome of the first big WuppHaus plenum, in which yuniteers and local contributors gathered to talk about the future of the train station. Paul Free is already planning the next get-together with other local initiatives and collects info on who to invite and what to do. And as if that wasn't enough, we now even found the confidence to invite Taylor Swiftall her fans and the fans of My Little Pony to join us in the WuppHaus! Let's see where that leads... (smile)




WuppHaus Wurzen.

As we already mentioned in the last heartbeat, we found another possible WuppHaus location! Also close to Leipzig, but this time on the other side of the city: In Wurzen, in the East.

Since the first visit on January 5th a lot has happened and the plannings are already pretty concrete! A whole new space on the wiki has been created to give room to all the new information and planning for this second WuppHaus project. This time the houses are actually in a state that can be best described as ready-to-move-in! But therefore this time they are not for free...

As the approach this time involves money to actually buy the houses, a lot more accounting and bureaucracy are to be handled. We already have a rough financial plan, as well as a pretty intense discussion about the question if money can even be shared like every other resource or not. Because not all yuniteers think, that buying a house is a good idea, even if it's meant to be gifted to the movement afterwards.

Still, the planning is in full swing! There have been already a lot of meetings on various concrete topics (see the  - mostly German - minutes here), like distribution of the imagined rooms based on the nicely drawn layout plansideas on how to deal with the omnipresent issue of moneyhow to handle conflicts and much more. Of course there are picturesa short concept has been articulated in German and if you want to participate, you're invited to do so!



WuppDays Planning.

Done

  • Bodhi Neiser and Philip Engelbutzeder visited the potential location for a big event in Berlin in summer. The working title used to be 'WuppDays XXL', but it is probably going to be renamed soon.
  • Tilmann secured a location for WuppDays #14 in Barcelona, which are about to start! Are you in the area? You can still decide to come by! (big grin)

In Progress

  • Barcelona WuppDays' official starting day is January 24th. News regarding the event are exchanged in #barcelona on Slack.
  • Paul Free took over the organization of the big event in Berlin in summer and is looking for people to help him.

Challenges/help needed


  • As stated above, the Berlin event is going to be huge! So help is needed at every corner: Planning, organizing, promoting, securing food, etc. etc. If you want to get involved, please contact Paul Free, join #wuppdays_xxl_berlin on Slack or simply write us an email.



Structure.

In Progress

  • We reopened the discussion about our primary objective. Up until now we used the one we decided on via syscon in April 2016, but since yunity changed a lot since that time and nobody is actively working on developing "the yunity platform" right now, we saw it necessary to revise that decision - or at least talk about it anew. If you want to participate in the discussion join #primary_objective on Slack.
  • Janina Abels started restructuring the confluence wiki, to make it more accessible and easier to use. The main work now is to review the existing content and to then move and redesign the pages accordingly. She'll try to keep the phase of confusion as short as possible, but if you don't find what you're looking for in the meantime, please use the search bar in the top right... (wink)
    The new layout will contain separate spaces for the different big subtopics in yunity - like it already is the case e.g. for foodsaving worldwide, WuppHaus Badue and Culture - but stringently implemented and with uniform layout.
  • The efforts to make use of Taiga are still ongoing and we are still working on finding out the best ways to benefit from the platform. There is, however, still quite some confusion and resistance from people to actually use it. Well, we'll keep trying...
  • The onboarding process is still in the midst of being redesigned, but the talking about it alone already led to more motivation to take this seriously, so that e.g. Janina Abels started writing welcoming messages to the new people who join Slack again and Arno Döpper does the same on discourse.

Challenges/help needed

  • We keep having issues with the use of our communication tools. While on the one hand people complain about e.g. our Slack being messy and hard to keep on top of, there are on the other hand often situations in which people work on very similar things without connecting, because they simply don't know that the other person is doing something related. There are so many different tools in use for different purposes now, that even the most involved yuniteers sometimes have trouble to keep the overview. More structure and clarity definitely is needed!



Foodsaving Worldwide.

Done

  • Joachim Thome held already two online meetings with people from Bilbao, who are enthusiastic about starting a foodsaving initiative. More calls are to come.
  • Kristijan Miklobusec shared a nice long guide about the importance of community building and the positive experiences of foodsharing Mainz, who hold a brunch for their members every week. It still needs to be translated and put onto the wiki, though.

In Progress

  • The next foodsharing Poland coordination meeting is to be held in Torun over the first weekend of March, and 20 to 30 cities already declared their interest in starting foodsharing as well!
  • We received an email from a Czech girl, who thinks about starting foodsharing in her home country. Since there are already people working against food waste in Czech Republic, our aim was to connect them with each other. Since she now joined our Slack, we hope to intensify the cooperation! (smile)
  • There has also been a Belge guy joining our endeavor to create a world of sharing. The scope of his NGO The Green Bean, which is located in Brussels, in fact is not only food, but rather every resource imaginable. Still, foodsharing is something they are definitely also interested in!



Network Health.

Done

  • Lara Earthling started a section on the wiki and a Slack channel for her endeavor to create a community health network. It is meant to provide an alternative way of treating common diseases and small injuries in a natural way, all following the paradigm of sharing and the wish to create a healthy community.

In Progress

  • Knowledge of wild herbs and their medical properties is collected here.
  • The research on existing health care systems is going to be documented here.

Challenges/help needed

  • Do you know anything about alternative methods of healing or how a health network following the values of sharing can be established? Please let us know! In case you don't know how to contact us, just write us a mail and we'll forward it to Lara Earthling



About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it on Sunday or the following Monday as a wiki blog article.

Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

How to contribute?

  • You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.
  • Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!

Other heartbeats

Blog Posts

yunity heartbeat 2017-01-08

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


WuppDays Bad Dürrenberg.

Apart from normal WuppHaus developments, this time we had internal WuppDays in Badue! Over Christmas and New Year's a lot of yuniteers gathered in the cold but friendly train station, which - by the way - now has a fully equipped kitchen, a comfy sleeping room with mattresses, a heatable living room with matching sofas and a compost toilet with detailed explanations... (wink)

Look at these new pictures capturing the new look and feel of the rooms!

Other challenges, which turned out to be easily solvable contained the following:

  • The WiFi was enough for over 20 people with laptops and smartphones!
  • Thanks to almost everybody bringing food we even had too much at some point!
  • The sleeping spaces got warmer and even more cozy with all those lovely people there!

During the Badue WuppDays we talked about tons of different topics and questions, including the following:

  • How can we make it easier for interested people to contribute?
  • How can we effectively encourage people to contribute more?
  • Which tools do we want to use to work together?
  • What is going to happen over the next months?

As you can probably imagine, there have been a lot of different answers to these pretty vague questions. The first three heavily touch our general organizational structure and how we communicate and there is not one simple answer to any of them. What enlivens the discussion is also the question if we should sacrifice a certain degree of user friendliness and the benefit of being used to the proprietary tools already in use (like Slack and Confluence) for the sake of supporting open source software, which - of course - would be truer to our values. More on this topic can be read further down in IT-service and Onboarding.


When it comes to the question of what is going to happen over the next months, there have been three topics governing the talks:

  • Going to Spain
  • Getting two houses in Wurzen
  • Planning WuppDays XXL in Berlin

Just to make it clear: We don't plan on abandoning the train station in Bad Dürrenberg! It's actually the contrary, because since we are so many people with different skills, interests and dreams, we think we now can do more than one project at once! Spain would be only temporary anyways - and as part of the FSINT/FSWW tours it's not even new... - and it could replenish the energy of the people wupping in the first ever acquired WuppHaus with all the nice sunshine and Mediterranean flair it would provide. Wurzen is just as far from Leipzig as Badue is, just on the east instead of the west and could thus serve as a base for the people working on rebuilding the train station, too. Berlin WuppDays are always great opportunities to recruit people who are not too far away to also lend a hand in Badue... (wink)

And to erase every last doubt that we love our first house, just watch this new - and pretty long - video collage that collects snapshots from the WuppHaus for you to get a glimpse of the feel we enjoy there everyday. You can see the new order in the kitchen and food storage and the general spirit of communal living, that was established even further during these winterly WuppDays due to the big amount of people coming by.

Okay, now to the three above-mentioned points:

Spain: Tilmann arrived in Barcelona some days ago and the idea of having a Hackathon there or - more probable - in Valencia has been discussed weeks ago already. Now with the cold weather and warm spirit in Bad Dürrenberg a lot of people expressed motivation to flee the German winter for some weeks to go to Spain together. It would be to either set up a foodsaving and -sharing project or to connect to an existing one or preferably both. And a bit of holiday, too... (wink) 
So far nothing is fix, but we are working on finding a location for a bunch of yunity folks to stay at starting end of January. Cille already did some research and Marian Roselló Tomás also provides a lot of insights concerning Valencia, as she's a resident there!

Wurzen: Since Badue obviously is a long-term construction project and some of us feel the great urge to have a more functional, ready and - let's face it - clean WuppHouse at hand soon, the quest for other buildings had never stopped. Now we found a great possibility in Wurzen, where two houses are for sale. A handful of us are seriously considering using money to buy them and gift them to the movement. This would require setting up a legal entity like a Verein and set out in writing how we want to live together. Preparations are already underway, stay tuned for more updates on this topic!

WuppDays XXL: In late April we have the opportunity to use a huge compound in eastern Berlin for an assembly of people who are interested in yunity and the general kind of change yunity stands for. The planning just started, so it's not too late for you to join in! Just write us an email, if you're interested!



Foodsaving Tool.

Done

Thanks to Nick Sellen, we now have the fancy foodsaving.world domain, which currently redirects to fstool.yunity.org. If you have ideas on how to use this domain (e.g. more information, additional links), please write to fstool@yunity.org (smile)

For a more general overview on other internet-based foodsharing projects, we have foodsaving.tech. This site is managed via GitHub, you can add content yourself by clicking on the "contribute" link. Nick Sellen or Tilmann will merge pull requests as they come.

The foodsaving tool itself also got a series of improvements over the last two weeks:

  • Password reset: you can now get a new temporary password if you forgot yours. It will be sent to your verified mail address ( GitHub)
  • Mail verification: to make sure that you enter the right mail address and can receive mails from the tool, we send you a verification code after creating a new account
  • Password change: you can change your password on your user profile page, by clicking the edit button (the pencil)
  • Groups can be protected via password. If someone wants to enter a protected group, they have to prove their secret knowledge first (wink)
  • Groups have a public and an internal description. The public description is shown before joining the group and could contain a link to a community website, whereas the internal description should provide members with the most up-to-date information (GitHub)
  • Show a (big) loading bar when the page is exchanging data with the server (GitHub)
  • Some hotfixes


In Progress

Challenges/help needed

  • More translations!
  • Getting direct feedback on planned features. Have a look at those issues, it's not necessary to understand any programming language to help us (smile).
  • Refinement of the color scheme. If you are a designer and would like to get involved, please drop us a mail at fstool@yunity.org!



IT-Service.

Done

We have a project on Taiga now!

There have been first meetings and talks about how to use Taiga and a core group of Taiga users assembled around Paul Free to organize the tasks popping up in Badue as well as the revision of the onboarding process in yunity via Taiga. More on the topic of onboarding can be read in the newfound chapter of the same name.

In Progress

Taiga is in the process of being implemented as an organizational tool in yunity. This task requires quite some creativity, since we need to figure out how to make use of its modules and features to fit the whole range of different tasks and topic present in yunity at the moment. Taiga makes extensive use of Scrum language and we still don't know to which extent we want to keep it or what to change it to, but hey... it's all learning by doing, isn't it? (wink) 

Challenges/help needed

A tool can just be as good as the people using it, and therefore a tool that is not used at all by people cannot work.
If you want to support our efforts to promote existing open source software and work together with us on yunity related tasks in an organized way, then let us know!



Onboarding.

Done

In Progress

  • The automated mails will be updated, revised and the whole process improved.
  • The existing information will be restructured to make it easier accessible. This is mainly about the wiki.

Challenges/help needed

  • How to set up automatically sent out mails with links, that somehow let us know if and which of the links got clicked?
  • More people feeling responsible in this regard make it easier to not let anybody fall through the cracks... (Also for holiday replacements and the likes... (wink))


Structure.

In Progress

Our team member Joachim Thome has published his Syscon full manual, version 0.1. It already consists of 36 pages, full of examples and how-tos on group decision making and resistance voting. And the sub-zero version number indicates that he intends to add more!

Here's a quote from the introduction:

Deciding, alone or together, is not a minor issue. We make around 20.000 decisions each 
day (Ernst Poeppel, 2008) and a lot of these decisions are made subconsciously out of 
habit. This means that the major decision making systems that we have learned, for 
example authoritarian decision making from our childhood and work environment and 
majority voting from our political education, have a major influence on how we decide in 
our daily routines and by that how we live our life.
This includes how we communicate with the people in our lives and how we resolve 
differences and conflicts on the social level.

Feedback can be given via our Slack chat in #structure or via mail@yunity.org.



Translation.

Challenges/help needed

  • All the nice videos about the WuppHaus are currently German only, so any subs would be very welcome! You don't even need to join the team to help out with that, if you're very shy... Just read here how to go about it and find out here, which videos can be subbed... 



About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it on Sunday or the following Monday as a wiki blog article.

Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

How to contribute?

  • You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.
  • Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!

Other heartbeats

Blog Posts

yunity heartbeat 2016-12-25


The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


WuppHouse Bad Dürrenberg.

So much is happening in Badue, as always! See this bullet-point list for details:

Building and repairing: 

  • getting rid of even more rubble and dirt.
  • breaking down the rotten material in between the beams.
  • improving insulation by closing holes in the floors. 
  • reorganizing the rooms. 
  • fixing some windows.

Community and networking: 

  • holding a reflection circle together with locals
  • having conversations with locals coming by 
  • teaching English
  • holding contact with local newspapers (next article in the coming days)

Organization: 

  • setting up a new tool for organizing and contacting people
  • contacting rocket.chat, and now waiting to get an instance for Badue

Recently a lot of yuniteers started to find a passion for video making and editing and began documenting the exciting WuppHaus project and the lifestyles behind it. After the launch of Selina Camile and Lara Earthling's channel Gedankengänge und Gefühlswelten, and Philip Engelbutzeder's videos about active locals and teatime in the WuppHaus, now Paul Free also started experimenting with film and created a montage of existing as well as new material, music, interviews and pictures. You will see that it is the outcome of a learning process, but if you are interested in the project and the people, you will enjoy it anyways... (wink)


Done

In Progress

Pursuing Release 2:

Challenges/help needed

  • Some users don't see their preferred language, even though it's translated. Who can figure out why?
  • Improving the navigation adding "breadcrumbs", setting the window title depending on the page content and adding explicit URLs to link to page content. This is a quite big task (#1#2) and needs some refinement before it can go online.


Foodsharing.de Development.

In Progress

Raphael Wintrich is in the final round of the https://prototypefund.de/projects/ which means that he will hopefully continue putting some effort in the foodsharing.de development over the next 6 months.

Challenges/help needed

The following topics are currently our focus:

  • Exchanging the current module routing with HTTPKernel/HTTPRouter from Symfony Components - or better directly use Silex? We don't have any experienced experts in those fields and welcome any help on architectural- and tooling decisions.
  • Integrating a basic data mapper ORM. Doctrine is the current suggestion, but as well we might consider alternatives if there are reasons. Main reason for chosing an ORM is reducing code footprint, gaining query performance, fundamentally easier test data generation as well as free migrations.
  • Writing integration tests - in the last deployments in October 2016, we fucked up some existing features as well as introduced bugs with new features. The goal is to get all new as well as recently introduced features and bugs tested. Currently, integration tests on different levels (Selenium/chromium for anything involving javascript, PHP-Browser for everything involving HTML selectors, API tests for simple HTML and json responses) are the best way as we still don't have unit-testable modules. Codeception integrates very well so far.

The reason why I put all of this under "help needed" is because I feel that since I, Matthias Larisch, am focusing on the WuppHaus now and thus currently not contributing code myself, nothing happens on these goals and I would really appreciate more contributions on that level, e.g. more than introducing new, untested, simple features (smile)



Future WuppDays.

In Progress

  • planning of another hackathon, this time in Barcelona and/or Valencia, for the time around end of January to mid-February 2017
  • planning of WuppDays XXL in Berlin in late April 2017. Philip Engelbutzeder is already in contact with someone offering a great location for lots of people to come by over the course of three weeks. Stay tuned for more specifics or join us in the planning in #wuppdays_xxl_berlin on Slack!.



IT-Service.

Done

  • Registered wupphaus.de as a better, separated communication channel for our WuppHaus network.

In Progress

  • Trying onlyoffice CRM to better manage communication and contact handling - actively used for WuppHaus-related communication.
  • Researching and documenting open source software alternatives for collective work. Paul Free



Translation.

Done

In Progress

Challenges/help needed

Who added all these subs? We know that Sara Brunacci made the Italian ones, but the others are still mysterious... 
Thank you, anonymous Youtube user, for gifting subtitles to us! (heart)
If you were to give us subs in any language for all the new videos about the WuppHaus, we'd be forever grateful! (wink)



Culture.

Done

In Progress

  • Lamâsching keeps being a somewhat controversial topic. Recent discussions in #culture on Slack show, that the existing documentation needs to be reviewed, updated and adapted to describe, rather than prescribe, how lamâsching culture works and to make the humorous origin of the whole topic more clear.

Challenges/help needed

You have an opinion on lamâsching? You wrote a poem or recorded a song? Please share! We'd happily collect your thoughts on everything yunity related on the wiki! (smile)



Research.

In Progress

  • Creation of an internal survey to assess how people feel about their contributions and what is needed to facilitate further contributions to the project.

Challenges/help needed

The challenge will be to get people to fill out the survey (smile)


Public Relations.

In Progress

  • Creation of a Wikipedia article about yunity.

Challenges/help needed

Has anyone experience with creating Wikipedia articles? Get in touch with Arno Döpper (smile)




About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it the following Monday as a wiki blog article.
Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

Past heartbeats:

Blog Posts

How to contribute?

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yunity heartbeat 2016-12-11

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


Foodsaving Tool.

In the last heartbeat we showed you how much progress was already made with regards to the foodsaving tool. Now guess what? It is ready for testing!

This is, of course, a pretty arbitrarily set point in the development, because the tool is not really done, but then again, will it ever be? It will constantly be improved and expanded in the future as well, but from now on with the valuable feedback of actual foodsavers using it!

We already offered the tool to the foodsaving communities in Nantes, in Warsaw and to the rogue foodsavers of Magdeburg, who will hopefully provide us with insights on how to make it better and enhance its usability. More groups, like the ones in Taiwan, Copenhagen, Russia, Ankara (or yours..?) will probably follow. 

You want to check it out yourself? Then just go here, create an account and click around! 
Anything you notice, that confuses or disappoints you? Tell us in #foodsaving-tool-plan on Slack or send us a mail at fstool@yunity.org! The mails will be received and read for sure, but we won't send out answers, since you can always come to our Slack if you want to have a chat... (wink)

You want to know all the nerdy details or are even ready to contribute to the further development of the tool yourself? Amazing! Then visit the project on githubjoin the team and talk to us in #foodsaving-tool and #foodsaving-tool-plan on Slack. Be sure that we'll welcome you with open arms! Especially now with more people actually giving feedback, there will be a lot to do, so we could really use some more motivated developers!



WuppHouse Bad Dürrenberg.

The first WuppHouse is the second big topic in yunity since more than a month now, and a lot is going on there as well! Sadly it's not all good news, but let's start with the nice stuff:

  • We installed a free phone and free wifi accessible from the train platform on the northern wall of the building
  • We received a huge amount of support from local people
  • We got featured multiple times in local media, be it another newspaper article, a short mention on Radio Brocken or the ten minute long radio interview with Philip Engelbutzeder, which is now transcribed as well (for the audio version have a look in the last heartbeat)
  • We made a video showing the progress until 16-11-30. Selina Camile and Lara Earthling charmingly show you the building and explain what already happened. It's in German but also full of visual impressions... (wink)
  • We arranged a bath night, fully equipped with a heatable bathtub, drinks and food, see picture below!

So you see we still move forward and know how to have a nice time in the ruins of the old train station in Bad Dürrenberg, but it's not all sunshine and roses...

Lara EarthlingAnna and Bodhi Neiser filmed three update videos about the big topics Bürgerdialog, inspection of the site together with a knowledgeable architect and the then following meeting of the present yuniteers to evaluate how to deal with the new information.

  1. First update - Bürgerdialog/talk with the citizens on December 3rd
  2. Second update - inspection of the site and feedback of an architect
  3. Third update - implications for the yuniteers living in Bad Dürrenberg now

As you can see, there are positive as well as negative aspects and the most dire information probably was that there would not be the realistic possibility to actually live inside the building somewhat healthily and comfortably anytime soon. 

That led to many people leaving - at least temporarily - and to some starting to look for different houses again. (Funnily some days later already a mail reached us stating that there will be a cool project making use of a whole Plattenbau north of Leipzig soon, and that they need people to populate the building. But this is just a side note for now... (smile))

So there are still yunity people living and wupping in Bad Dürrenberg and they plan on staying! We still have the huge support of local people and media. The building still offers great potential! So if you want to lend a hand, you can definitely still do so! (Maybe ask in #wupphouse_badue on Slack about the current situation before you come visit, just to make sure you'll directly find someone when you arrive.) But to assess for yourself how serious we still are about this opportunity, just read this:



Foodsharing/-saving Worldwide.

Done

In Progress

  • Many of us are traveling still or again, be it Tilmann on his never-ending bike tour, partly accompanied by Janina AbelsTais Real and Nick Sellen hitchhiking through the UK or actually every single one of us who change their location now and then and almost always talk to people on the road about yunity and foodsaving. We spread the word and recruit people constantly!

Challenges/help needed

  • More outreach! More input! Moooore foodsavers are needed worldwide! xD




Translation.

Done

In Progress

  • Translation of the foodsaving tool to German, French and Polish (needs constant updating, because of ongoing development)

Challenges/help needed

  • You want to help us out with your translation skills? Well we can always find something to do for you, no worries! (wink)
    We just don't push anything here at the moment because priorities lie in different areas for now. But if you want to translate, just tell us in #translation on Slack!



Design.

Done

  • The sister of Andreas Langecker has provided a nice logo for the foodsaving tool, which is more bright and playful as the first one:

In Progress

  • The main project page yunity.org finally gets redesigned and the content updated! We've been wanting to do this for months now...
  • The new page for the train station in Bad Dürrenberg - wupphaus.yunity.org - is growing steadily.

Challenges/help needed



Public Relations.

Done

In Progress

  • Reworking the contributor's page on yunity.org. You think you belong on such a page? Then fill out the survey and you'll be included in about a month!
  • Creating content for wupphaus.yunity.org
  • General updating and creating content for yunity.org, like already mentioned in Design.

Challenges/help needed

  • Spreading the word about the WuppHouse
  • Organizing WuppDays XXL in Berlin (End of April, 3 weeks, location for 300 people is ready)
  • Co-organizing a summergathering together with Friederike Habermann & living utopia at the Fusion Festival area



About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it the following Monday as a wiki blog article.
Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

Past heartbeats:

Blog Posts

How to contribute?

  • You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.
  • You find the template for the next heartbeat here.
  • Edit it as you see fit and add everything you did, that you see relevant to yunity!
  • Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!
yunity heartbeat 2016-11-27

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


WuppHouse BaDue.

As we already told you in the last heartbeat, we found a house!

The old train station in Bad Dürrenberg is now inhabited by yunity folk since almost three weeks. The mood goes up and down and people come and go, but there is progress after all:

  • We have running water and flushable toilets
  • We have DSL and a landline telephone connection
  • We have two heatable rooms
  • We already got rid of a lot of rubble
  • We already talked to lots of people and found many who want to support us
  • We have more tools, than fit into our cabinet (even though some are still missing)
  • We have a post box
  • We have started to set up wupphaus.yunity.org to have a specifically dedicated website

On top of that we had a talk with the mayor, who seems supportive, some other local politicians, entrepreneurs and press people and we even got featured in the local newspaper, with a big picture and all! (smile)

Also, we are planning an event and a survey to include the local community of Bad Dürrenberg even more into what we are doing. We want to create something beneficial to everyone living there after all, and we don't want to be isolated in our building but truly be part of the city!

Still, there is a lot of love and work needed to make this dream come true and help is needed on every front! So if you'd like to lend a hand please do so, and rather sooner than later... (wink)
In the meantime enjoy some impressions from the site and you'll see that we really need you! ^^


Foodsharing/-saving Worldwide.

Done

  • Haifa, Ankara and Barcelona were added to our detailed collection of existing initatives
  • More information on foodsharing in Russia was added there, too.

In Progress

  • Tilmann just reached Lyon and is already networking with locals.
  • Online research has provided us with info on existing initiatives in Lyon like AncielaZéro DéchetsColibris and others.
  • There is an event about creating a society without waste on December 1st and a meet-up of Disco Soupe activists on December 6th. We'll probably attend! (smile)

Challenges/help needed

  • Aaaaalways looking for more info on existing initiatives, platforms and enthusiastic individuals! Don't be shy, approach us if you know something! 



Foodsaving Tool.

Done


In Progress

  • Geographic map for stores and groups
  • Edit text for stores and groups
  • Chat support
  • Small changes to the backend

Challenges/help needed

  • General first user feedback is missing
  • Feature planning for bigger changes that also involve backend coding

Translation.

Done

  • Updated the translations of the sub projects on yunity.org
  • German translation of the project identity article, which is now a blog post
  • Transcription of Raphael's TEDx Talk has finally been reviewed and approved in Amara, thanks to Sara Brunacci.

In Progress

  • Translation of Raphael's TEDx Talk in various languages (Italian by Sara Brunacci)

Challenges/help needed

  • If anybody is looking for a English to German or - even better - French translation task: The guidelines subpage, would be nice to have not only in English... (smile)



Research.

In Progress

  • Creating a survey to monitor the needs of the local people of Bad Dürrenberg, as well as their take on sharing.



Public Relations.

Done

In Progress

  • Still looking to implement alternative social media to not mainly use facebook. Currently looking more into wechange.de.

Challenges/help needed




About the heartbeat.

The heartbeat is a biweekly summary of what happens in yunity. It is meant to give an overview over our currents actions and topics.

When and how does it happen?

Every other weekend we collect information on a wiki page and publish it the following Monday as a wiki blog article.
Afterwards we add a nice abstract and share it on facebook.

Past heartbeats:

Blog Posts

How to contribute?

  • You need to have a wiki account and editor rights. Ask us in #confluence on Slack if you need help with that.
  • You find the template for the next heartbeat here.
  • Edit it as you see fit and add everything you did, that you see relevant to yunity!
  • Talk to us in #heartbeat on Slack about the content, the layout or any other heartbeat related issues and ideas!
yunity heartbeat 2016-11-13

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


WuppDays #12 Witzenhausen.

From around the 1st to the 15th of November we have been hosted by the lovely people of Transition Town Witzenhausen, who shared their beautiful Transition House in the heart of the city with us. Since these days are only almost over, some of us are still there and the retrospective just came into the process of being written, more details will follow in the next heartbeat! For those who cannot wait, there also is the blog post, that was already written, when the WuppDays #12 were still going on.

Just so much for now: We had an amazing time with old and new contributors, wupping happily and working in all the different fields that make up the diverse yunity project. One of the focus areas this time was finding and setting up a WuppHouse, and real success has been reached! Read more about our new permanent WuppSpace in the next chapter.

Apart from holding meetings about the WuppHouse, listening to scientific insights on the syscon paradox, writing and designing new promotion material (like a brochure about yunity - stay tuned!) and planning and carrying out rearrangements in the house, there - of course - was a lot of food saving, cooking, cuddling and general bonding going on. yunity already became a family months ago and it's amazing to still see it growing bigger and closer at the same time!




WuppHouse.

As you may know, we have been looking for a permanent WuppSpace more or less intensely for over half a year now. There have been multiple promising opportunities but so far nothing concrete came out of it. Well, that is until now... because now for the first time we have got a key in our hands! (big grin)



The abandoned train station in Bad Dürrenberg will become our first WuppHouse! A lot of work still needs to be done, but we are thrilled to get it started and a bunch of us are already on site and working on setting up the basics. For more info on this amazing new development visit the specifically created new wikispace covering everything Bad Dürrenberg-related: BADUE

There you can find e.g. immediate needs, worries and plannings and what kind of materials are mostly lacking at the moment.


We want to thank Bernd of the Gemeinschaftsstifter project for making this possible and promise to make the best use possible of this amazing gift!


Are you as excited about this opportunity as we are? Do you want to come by and help us? Construction skills would be amazing but every helping hand is welcome! Don't hesitate to contact us and stop by to see this dream come true and take part in realizing it! Most of the communication is happening in the dedicated Slack channel #wupphouse, but you can also reach us via email or by filling out the join the team form, which leads you to our discourse forum.


Apart from directly dirtying your hands you can also spread the word and maybe distribute our German brochure to people who are willing and able to help:


(Just click on it to get it in full size!)



So much for the highlights this time, read below what happened with regards to the other teams and topics:


Foodsaving Tool.

Challenges/help needed



Foodsaving worldwide.

Done

The Slack channel is as lively as ever and a lot of important info is shared!

In Progress

The facebook group is steadily growing. 

Challenges/help needed

To keep up the growth on facebook we need people to participate in publishing content there, too!



IT-Service.

Done

Research about open source groupware and wiki. 
http://wikisuite.org/Software

http://www.onlyoffice.com/

First setup of the yunity contributors map: http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/yunity-contributors-map_108382#4/55.45/10.37 (some people started sharing they current/future locations and their travel plans)

Challenges/help needed

  • someone who likes to install wikisuite for testing purpose
  • spreading the word about the contributors map in order to create a tool that is useful and helpful for a lot of people. 



Community Relations.

Done 

  • sharing and reflecting circle about the working party in Witzenhausen, where we took a day to directly give something back to the people hosting us. (sry no meeting minutes so far)
  • yunity workshop at the Utopikon Conference

In Progress

  • yunity presentation in the Transition Town Haus Witzenhausen (17.11.2016, 20:00)
  • collecting and sorting of photos, articles, essays, stories, pictures, etc. for a yunity-book/brochure 

Challenges/help needed

please send anything that you have created for yunity and that you think suitable for a nice book/brochure to Philip Engelbutzeder

yunity heartbeat 2016-10-30

The yunity heartbeat - what has each team done, what are they doing and what do they need help with.


Foodsharing.de Development.

Done

The foodsharing.de development is reopened! To keep track of what is going on in that regard visit the new foodsharing devblog.
For direct answers to pressing questions like 'What?! Why?! How?!" read this blog entry written by Matthias Larisch. Also taken from that blog post are these already completed achievements:

  • Having a development environment that is checked out, setup and running with 3 commands (using docker/docker compose)
  • Integration of Codeception for Acceptance, API and Unit tests
  • Local execution of all tests
  • Automated execution of tests in a CI system (Gitlab CI) for every push
  • Acceptance tests for a very little selection of pages, more to come
  • Open issue tracker to include the community in bug reporting and feature discussion
  • Having one contributor working on feature development
  • Having three contributors working on fixing (security) issues and refactoring the code

Some days later Matthias Larisch was motivated to move the wiki, Mumble and the media database on a new server to fix some security issues present before. More about this can be read in this blog post.

In Progress

Most of the time is now spent to make contribution as easy as possible. That will include refactoring, means touching almost every single line of code in the code base (approx. 50000 of them are there). We made the decision to slowly move in some core components of symfony and hopefully end up with a workable, fully tested code base that can be deployed from a continuous integration system automatically when a core contributor approves the changes. Having the platform open sourced is a strong wish from most contributors as it fits the vision of sharing.

Matthias Larisch, foodsharing devblog



Foodsaving Tool.

Done

Created an open chatroom, linked in the README of the GitHub repository, bridged it to the Slack channel

Included more functionality & code structure:

  • Picker for groups in navigation bar
  • Added translation support, language picker in navigation bar
  • Unified templates for main pages (e.g. group, store) and splash pages (login, signup)
  • Signup & login page in directive-free style, using ng-click
  • Convention for partials (components which are using inside pages) - they now start with an underscore (_)

In Progress

Started discussing features on a product level - look at the current questions here and contribute your ideas! (E.g. should users be required to enter first/last name, do we need a feature for trial pickups, how do we prevent abuse of powers)

Planning the foodsaving tool. Started collecting user requirements in a written way - currently only Taiwan, more hopefully coming soon.

Looking for a logo! Need to answer the basic questions: "What is the message we want to communicate? Which emotion do we want to effect?"
Proposals:

 

Post your ideas in GitHub or in Slack in #foodsaving-tool-plan!



Foodsaving worldwide.

Done

Finally we held a syscon about how to name the FSINT sections on the wiki and on Slack, which resulted in: Foodsaving worldwide! (Hence the shortened title of this paragraph... (wink))

Tilmann put the graphics and drafts for logos on the wiki to make them accessible and editable for anybody interested.

In Progress

Challenges/help needed

  • more feedback and co-creation wanted with regards to the material to get started!
  • summary of the Russian foodsharing projects visible on vk.com is still missing



IT-Service.

Done

  • setting up channels in matrix (via riot chat) incl. incoming and outgoing webhooks. (from matrix you can chat towards slack and other way around) (TilmannKaiser Mikato
  • rocket.chat and slack integration (Paul Free)

In Progress

Challenges/help needed

  • rocket.chat import freezing while doing so 



Structure.

Done

In Progress

Challenges/help needed

  • what does yunity actually signify to its contributors individually?
  • how can we be open to everybody and still protect an atmosphere of trust if we encounter destructive and unreasonable behaviors?



WuppHouse.

Done

In Progress

  • analyzing Mietshäusersyndikat principle and formal paper (Bodhi Neiser)

Challenges/help needed

  • finding the right building
  • finding the right legal setup
  • developing a clear concept of how to live together in a WuppHouse



Translation.

Done

In Progress

  • foodsharing devblog translation via gitlab (everybody can just work on an issue... (smile))
  • translation of the first strings of the foodsaving tool via transifex (TilmannJanina Abels)

Challenges/help needed

  • French translation of the foodsharing devblog issued on gitlab



Public Relations.

Done

Challenges/help needed

  • do we want to paper print? (by Katia)



Community Relations.

In Progress



Future WuppDays.

In Progress

  • looking for a WuppSpace in Austria, close to Vienna (Chrisi)