I am worried that the discussion about the Protocol will obscure the original goal of the preSummit.
I have stepped back in the last week from the usual frantic unMonastery work. I did not fill out funding applications, did not spend time on the BIOS, did not even work on the Atlas apart from collecting data for the first graphics. (I did some thinking about the Protocol though, and wrote up my opinion . ) Instead I emptied my studio, finally made a website for a friend here in Lausanne, worked with Jeanne to put her tours for Alternative Urbaines on Ramblr. Wrote a letter to my daughter about love. I finished a novel that I have been reading. All this as part of the process of wrapping up my life in Lausanne to move to Athens and live in an unMonastery.
There are two aspects of this move. One, is the question of Athens - what I will be doing there, whether it is an unMonastery, how I will make enough money to survive and be able to come visit Anna and Tamas. Will I be able to sleep? Run? Work as an artist?
The other aspect is choosing the unMonastery as my plan for the future.
In my opinion the subject of the preSummit is this second aspect.
I realise that I may be the only person for whom this decision carries this much weight, as even @bembodavies has no responsibilities for other people, and I have my daughter. Of course Anna is nearly completely grown up, and I am not disappearing just going to live somewhere else, so I don't want to make it sound like a huge thing. In any case, maybe because I have been working as an artist and in my experience only those things get done that I personally make happen, - what I think is that the unMonastery is in a fragile state, it needs real work, commitment, care and reflection, and I am in no position to expect that other people will provide these when I don't. So I am more needed there than here. Plus this is what I want to do. But why the unMonastery.
As much as I see that it is a danger for unMonastery that the Athenians are incapable of framing their life into something of a respectable structure, I think it is much more dangerous, because it involves everyone and cannot be solved by setting rules, to continue to pour 10-hours 7 days a week into the unMonastery project, without a clarity about WHY, apart this being the only way we may know how to work. I can imagine waking up one day and just being fed up, realising the work, the personal losses and sacrifices that have gone into this project, and the lack of a clear vision and achievable goals. As Cristiano observed, we have a beautiful energy - but in the past weeks it has become very clear that we are not particularly good at making this energy flow in one direction and achieve things that can be accounted for as solid steps towards a shared goal.
This is the job for the preSummit, to find the shared source of the energy that makes us all working together on the unMonastery project.
I remade the Metanational Obtainable Objectives table made by @bembodavies to a yet unfilled Personal OO form. I thought maybe we can all privately ponder these questions so we set ourselves on the path to uncover what is it that drives us all. To find the greatest common factor of the unMonasterians.
Once we locate a shared goal, we will be able to discuss how the protocol fits into this picture (as an expectation maybe), and then it will really be a matter of experimentation to come up with a viable structure for Athens.