GHDR Boot Day 7-8: A Refined Word Cloud

Posted Saturday, February 10, 2024 by Sri. Tagged GHDR

Saturday, February 10, 2024.

I was extremely tired on Friday and fell asleep before I could work on the Word Cloud. It was quite a lot of text to look at, so I started chunk-by-chunk to convert the raw "stream of consciousness" text into smaller ideas. Here's how the first few went:

Original Text

we accept that we may be told that what we are saying and doing are troublesome to others, and we can negotiate an understanding and modify our behaviors for the good of the entire colony

This pride is coupled with a humble feeling that there are so many good and wonderful things in the universe beyond a single person's understanding, and that it's a privilege and honor to be among others making anything at all rather than choosing convenient consumption.

Our pride is accompanied by a willingness to help make the entire place comfortable for everyone

Derived Texts

understandings of hosted spaces:

  • all spaces are hosted by someone, otherwise they are not a space
  • understand the distinction of public, designated, and private spaces have different laws of behavior
  • understand our words and actions may trouble others, and accept that we can negotiate to find best compromise
  • understand that we have the power to create more space and more opportunity rather than fight over a limited resource
  • understand that our power to create space does not grant us the right to the idea of such a space

understanding of shared good

  • we participate in the colony because we want shared responsibility for creating good
  • we create good for ourselves, and share the excess with others as we are able
  • the good of the colony is measured in the good experiences of colonists and direct visitors
  • the good of the colony is measured as positive reach and cultural influence to those who have not yet visited
  • the good of the colony is measured in how facilities and operations make good experiences affordably plentiful


  • there are many good and wonderful things in the universe
  • there are many things that we can be open to understanding
  • it's a privilege to be among others that are adding to the world
  • we are lucky to have found others who believe and act in kind



This process felt very tiring, and I really wasn't sure where it was going to go, so I decided to simply group the original text in ways that seemed superficialy of the same category. This helped me pop up a level of thinking, and I found this easier to process with my limited end-of-day energy. Perhaps the most interesting stage was then trying to name each group. I came up with the following:

  • The Appeal of The Colony - Why would anyone want to come here?
  • Scope of The Colony Organizers - How do the people who are making this place create tangible benefit through it?
  • Standards of Action - How do people contribute to the culture of this place?
  • Standards of Expression - How do people expect to treat others and be treated?
  • Interaction Handholds - What official ways are there to demonstrate value to others in this place?

Not quite a mission statement or charter yet, but I think we're getting someplace? With these five potential categories, it'll be easier to sift through the original texts to see what nuggets fall out tomorrow.

You can download the PDF here:

rearranged sentences into groups, and named themrefined word cloud of ideas

Already, I see that the Interaction Handholds are sort of the currency of community exchange for the The Colony in addition to normal goods and services; these may be our designated objects of community exchange that have value within colony zones. In other words, they are recognized as having value and are a potential way to assess contribution to the organization...

Anyway, that's it for today!


This year's single goal is Building The Colony!

Made a simple "functional area" diagram using Whimsical to help gather my thoughts.

I converted the Whimsical doc from yesterday to Affinity Designer.

Created new subsite at /the-colony/

Wrote stream-of-consciousness "vision statement" for later cleanup

Convert stream-of-consciousness into a "phrase cloud" for further deconstruction

Artifacts of The Colony: Pebbles, Seeds, and Rings

Created a "refined phrase cloud" grouped into five categories, based on boot 05's work.

Extracted "foundational" statements from yesterday, but they didn't leave a strong impression. Punt "why" to tomorrow's post.

Created a "Selfishly Sri" printable assessment to gauge outside interest.

Reducing scope from Colony to Outpost.

Desired results are distilled down to two main ideas, which will cover the next couple of months.

A slow start to the year, as I focused on paying work for most of the month. Set four directives to achieve this mont

The set of analysis notes that I authored with ChatGPT4 to refine my understanding of "prosocial motivation"

New goal is to start connecting with future chatty collaborators, as my brain runs on "prosocial motivation" and meaningful human connections.

Delving further into my "predominantly-prosocially motivated" profile (PPMP), and how to turn this into action given the dilemma of "needing the energy from a group to start a task" being at odds with "needing to start a group so I have energy".

The task of "talking to someone in-person about PPMP-based community" didn't happen. Happily, I had several empowering insights along the lines of wealth, doing what is good, and accepting myself that I think will help with that.

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