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Joel Zaslofsky
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If you're in Portland, OR from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on July 9 and not already getting yo' productivity on with +Mike Vardy and +Zachary Sexton, join me for a SimpleREV style Offers and Needs Market at NedSpace.

What's this "Offers and Needs Market" you speak of, Joel? It's a way to bootstrap communities by focusing on what passions, skills, resources, and connections the group already has. It highlights what people can already do and provides a positive way to short-circuit the “But … we don’t have any resources!” narrative. The emphasis is on creating and sustaining a mindset of what you can do to help – and get helped – right now. Need help building, say, a tiny house or love teaching graphic design? It's all good here.

All you need are Post It Notes and something to write with (which we'll provide), a generous spirit, and something to be grateful for during our bonus activity toward the end. You can find the full SimpleREV style Offers and Needs Market context and process here: http://simplerev.com/oanm

cc: +David Delp +Ellen Watkins +Emilie Wapnick +Ethan Waldman +Josh Becker +Joshua Becker +Kristoffer Carter  +Leah Hynes +Nazrin Murphie +Stephen Warley +Benny Hsu +Cait Flanders +Jeff Sandquist, DC +Saul OfHearts +Christy Marek +Gregory Berg +Mindy Holahan +Rami Nuseir +Todd Tresidder +Thomas Frank +Vicky Lyashenko
WDS is a worldwide gathering of remarkable people. Every summer we meet in Portland, Oregon for a weeklong experience focused on community, adventure, and service.
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I know, I know +Joel Zaslofsky! My step-sister is getting married in Sonoma and there was simply no way to pull off both. So I'll be at the wedding with all-time FOMO! I want a full report!
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Staying "soulfully" tiny in and around the tiny house movement is hard. That's why I'm glad +Alek Lisefski wrote this well-thought and challenging article.
 
Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose
In a recent post entitled Tiny House Living: the Ultimate Un-Making Project? I outlined my deeper motivation for going tiny. I started to make the case for why
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+Peder Aadahl, you mean +Dee Williams? Yep, she was in Tiny (and she's an amazing woman in so many ways).
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I'm not a visionary, but I do have strong (and audacious) visions at times. Here's what I think #SimpleREV Local could become ... maybe even with your fingerprints on it.
What's the future of SimpleREV? Here's my vision for small, intentional, and grateful local communities coming together to rewrite the broken status quo.
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You don't even have to be local. You just need to be in Minneapolis on October 2-3.
 
We're looking for a volunteer photographer and videographer for #SimpleREV 2015. In return, we'll give someone a free ticket to the event, massive public kudos and gratitude, and the chance to connect with some of the most amazing people around.

Contact Joel at joel@simplerev.com if you know someone great or are that someone great.
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I just realized my Smart and Simple Matters feed to iTunes, RSS readers, and other downstream places has been broken for 11 days. So ... uh ... sorry about that. I'm working on a permanent solution, but I recommend you go to Value of Simple to see the June 1 episode and the upcoming June 15 one until you hear otherwise.
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Just some words to get you thinking this week. +Joshua Becker and I will be discussing the community and generosity theme on our webinar at 10:30 a.m. CDT on Thursday, June 11. We invite you to join us live or for the replay if you can't make it then. http://simplerev.com/joshua-becker-june-2015-webinar/

Hat tip to +Matthew Ham for the wonderful words.
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Hi Joel, I wish I could attend. I'm at work. Have a great webinar!
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I'm sure glad I stocked up on +Brooke McAlary's list of seasonal must haves a few years ago. That would have been embarrassing to come up short on what goes great with my jeans and bald head.
This Season's Must Haves: an alternate list.
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+Richard Millington is to community-building and management like what Seth Godin is to marketing (not for me, but for others). Short-form, long-form ... it's all good, intensely practical, and mostly profound.

Here's Rich's latest gem (the whole article is super short): If you want behaviour that helps the group, use reasoning that supports the group.
We justify our actions to ourselves using a scale of moral reasoning. We broadly like to think we're taking any action for a greater good. However, we're surprisingly open to being given a rationale for our actions. If someone tells...
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Green straight, brick straight, or green offset: which new head shot do you like best?

Massive props and gratitude go to +Anthony Ongaro for taking these. The dude is good.
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I like green straight the best, green offset second. But they're all nice!
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I'm still (embarrassingly) using Feedburner for my podcasting RSS feed and I hit their dreaded 1,024 KB feed limit. So none of my RSS subscribers or iTunes/Stitcher/etc. listeners even know I'm putting out episodes right now.

Can you help with one of these two solutions?

1) A procedure document or massive checklist that details the steps and sequence to switch from http://feeds.feedburner.com/ValueOfSimplePodcast to http://valueofsimple.com/feed/podcast with a WP PowerPress plugin workflow. I'll happily pay for it and could probably do the work myself with some instructions (I'm fairly technical).

2) A referral to a person or business who could make the RSS change for me – hopefully in the next few days – without blowing up my current workflow and with knowledge about all the implications (e.g., how I should communicate the change to iTunes or the timing on follow-up steps I need to do myself).

Thanks as always fellow friends and podcasters!

P.S. +Jeffrey Powers, do you think we should have a "Technical" category to post items like mine? It seems like most of my posts are technical in nature and I always feel a little strange posting them in the General category.
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+Oscar Staton You should start a new thread to ask that question. More people will see it.
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It was a pleasure to slay a bunch of fiddly tasks in solidarity with +Shanna Mann (and it felt good). How many piddly, schmidlly things do you do?
 
Well, I thouht I was going to get a bunch of stuff done today, but now I have a sick dog and 20 minute increments between walks is not getting me very far. I'm still trying though.
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I hope you got more accomplished than I did!
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Small Business Owner
Skills
I have a few. Among them are curating, simplifying, organizing, making wicked spreadsheets, rockin' at personal finance and enjoying the unsexy skills of life.
Employment
  • Value of Simple
    Owner, present
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Male
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Married
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I'm just trying to live an intentional life and add more fuel to my personal renaissance. I'm also a father, husband, minimalist, Experience Curator, simplicity lover, atheist, self-awareness seeker, philosopher, experimenter, obsessive spreadsheet creator, supportive friend, and consumed with helping others.
Introduction
My goal is to provide help for a simplified, organized, and money wise life. Fun, quirkiness, curating, spreadsheets, connecting, and more are all part of the plan. You can learn more in the Start Here page at Value of Simple: http://valueofsimple.com/start-here/.

To discover more about me in 10 minutes than it would otherwise takes years to uncover, check out my Personal User Guide: http://valueofsimple.com/Joels-Personal-User-Guide.

I've also co-founded an event/movement called SimpleREV. Join our community if you're looking for an amazing group of simple living enthusiasts: http://simplerev.com/.
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Communications, 1997 - 2001