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Re: [Fwd: GSBN:Nomination]

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Thank you Matts &amp; Judy. My love to you both. You described beautifully
my recollection of why  GSBN began and the purpose of its members.
This reply is not going to say we stay as originally conceived or change
to something else, but I do think that until GSNB members agree to a change
we need to follow the original concept.
<p>This is how the question of Bruce Glenn's nomination can be handled.
Over the last several years I have been less and less involved in regional
straw bale work and have lost track of who is doing what around here. The
way my life and work is changing that will surely continue. I will be happy
to step aside and let Bruce be the Northwest's GSBN representative.
<p>Since Bruce moved here, Pt. Townsend is my home town too, he has worked
hard in the region to meet its straw balers while actively promoting alternative
and straw bale building. We are in touch on a fairly regular basis, sharing
ideas or asking for help. He will be a excellent representative as long
as he knows that is what he is signing up for. I hardily recommend him
for the list.
<p>Best wishes to you all,
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<p><nobr><b>Subject: </b>Re: GSBN:Nomination</nobr>
 <nobr><b>Date: </b>Mon, 8 Apr 2002 23:47:55 EDT</nobr>
 <nobr><b>From: </b>MattsMyhrman@aol.com</nobr>
 <nobr><b>Reply-To: </b>"GSBN" GSBN@...</nobr>
 <nobr><b>To: </b>GSBN@...,  Judyknox42@aol.com</nobr>
<p><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>In a message dated 4/4/2002
10:42:02 AM US Mountain Standard Time, jc10508@...:</font></font>
<blockquote TYPE=CITE style="BORDER-LEFT: #0000ff 2px solid; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px; PADDING-LEFT: 5px"><font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>In
reviewing the GSBN member list, there seemed to be some regions having</font></font>
 <font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>several members and others
having only one or two.  I recently learned that</font></font>
 <font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>Bruce Glenn, terra Sol Design
&amp; Building, formerly in Colorado, recently</font></font>
 <font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>relocated to Port Townsend,
Washington.  Bruce has indicated an interest in</font></font>
 <font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>being added to the GSBN
list, so I'd like to nominate him for your</font></font>
 <font face="arial,helvetica"><font size=-1>consideration!</font></font></blockquote>
<font face="Arial"><font color="#000000"><font size=-1>Just so Mark (Piepkorn)
won't think he has sole claim to the gadfly badge, here are some ruminations
that may provoke some, hopefully, constructive reflection.  And for
the record, I have no reason to think that Bruce Glenn is not a fine human
being and and an excellent builder.</font></font></font>
<p><font face="Arial"><font color="#000000"><font size=-1>Reading Joyce's
recent message, included above, has led me to reflect on what I think I
remember to be the original, vaguely described, purpose of the GSBN. 
That is, a way for a smallish number of people, representing the straw-bale
communities or associations in countries (or regions of larger countries),
to network with each other, acting as two-way hubs for the transfer of
information, news of activities, requests for assistance, etc.  The
members were to be people active "organizationally" as well as "professionally",
the "movers and shakers" of the "revival", since the intent was not simply
to create an insiders alternative to CREST's egalitarian, but often cluttered,
strawbale list serve.</font></font></font>
<p><font face="Arial"><font color="#000000"><font size=-1>Joyce's suggestion,
that Bruce Glenn be added to the list, brought into focus for me two things. 
The first is that the criteria being used to screen suggested additions
(which we must do unless we chose to welcome all interested individuals),
seems to have been gradually changing.  The idea that the members
should be appropriate as "hubs", due to their activity "organizationally"
or as "key players" in creation of educational resources, seems to have
faded from memory.  Is that because we have simply forgotten the original
intent, or because the criteria need to be changed, or because the purpose
of the GSBN has gradually morphed into being mostly a way for "serious
strawbalers" to pick each others brains in a more private way than the
CREST listserve provides.  T his access to the experience of other
serious practitioners is clearly a major benefit of being a member, but
is it largely an unintended benefit that has begun to overshadow the intended
purpose of global infrastructural networking?</font></font></font>
<p><font face="Arial"><font color="#000000"><font size=-1>If the original
purpose still holds, and the criterium of "organizational / key player
/ mover and shaker" activity is still relevant, then I have no information
about Bruce Glenn that make it appropriate for me to second his nomination. 
If that criterium is no longer relevant, then Bruce and many other fine
individuals that build straw-bale homes for people would seem to meet the
remaining criterium of "professional" activity.  But if we chose to
screen "nominated" individuals solely on the basis of this latter criterium,
our membership will surely expand greatly and the role that the GSBN has
played will surely shift further toward a listserve for insider brain-picking.</font></font></font>
 <font face="Arial"><font color="#000000"><font size=-1>If that is what
makes sense, we should at least recognize it as a change that we wish to
<p><font face="Arial"><font color="#000000"><font size=-1>Now it's your
turn to weigh in.  I'd especially appreciate getting some feedback
from some of the "founding members" regarding my recollection of what the
original intent of setting up the GSBN was, and whether they share my perception
of a gradual change in the criteria that we as members are using to decide
whether to nominate someone as an addition.  Maybe it's all going
just the way it should, but I had to ask.</font></font></font>
<p><font face="Arial"><font color="#000000"><font size=-1>Matts Myhrman
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