Celebrating Accomplishments

Julie Ambrose posted this on www.yarcce.net our YARcce community site.
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Hi All – In our last meeting or two we’ve talked about how to increase our numbers and accelerate our impact by bringing ideas out of the lab and into the world. It occurs to me that while things might feel slow, we’ve actually had a slew of wins in one short year – consider that YARcce has… hosted regular meet-ups and meetings, engaged folks from Australia, Argentina, UK, Costa Rica, Canada, France, Italy, Iran as well as MT, MO, VA, PA, and other states. Members completed a study group on Blockchain technologies and many of us tested Bright ID. Personally, I was inspired by the group and completed the IBM Blockchain Essentials V2 course online. We also collaborate using Google docs, email and other tools.

We consulted attorneys and had presentations on how best to form, gaining advice from someone in Vermont and becoming Incorporated in Wyoming. We have created 4 online venues to post and share information, and populated them with numerous original works ranging from articles and news updates to videos and infographics. We developed a logo with input from a full committee – some of whom joined for just that project – which is fine. We’ve created so much that we had to launch a project to log, assess, rein it in and build an intentional structure for our work! We’ve had a lot of touch points and training sessions – with experts on Artificial Intelligence, Relationship Building, Trust Building and other topics. We have accelerated or supported Energy 18H, LifeAire, and Guido’s project at Lehigh. We had an 80th Birthday Party!

We have discussed organizational structures, governance, payments, memberships and benefits and are evolving our thinking and activities as our collective experience shapes our vision and our thinking. We have also grown from a group of Ed Yarrish associates and one-offs to a team of colleagues. We have formed Groups that work and Topics to read and discuss ideas.

All this to say – a LOT has happened this year and there is much to be celebrated here. I’m sure I’ve missed a bunch of things that some of you have been involved with and/or are proud of – what would YOU like to add to this post about YARcce Celebrations? Please add yours.

YARcce Membership Firsts

As a new, still embryonic, 501c7 “mutual benefit” organization, YARcce is having many firsts.

Chris Manfre, from Milan Italy and Washington DC, was the first YARcce $1000/year “Benefitting” member. Chris is a retired Citibank official who worked for the bank in New York City, Brussels, Mexico City, Toronto and Milan.

Dr. Guido Pez, retired Air Products Chief Research Scientist, from Allentown PA USA via Australia for his early education, was the first YARcce $500/year “Supported” member. Since supporting Guido’s efforts in researching a LOHC fuel cell (*Liquid* Organic Hydrogen Carrier) was the original impetus for YARcce, it’s quite appropriate that he is the first member in this category.

Paslar Alireza, from Sheffield England via Iran, was the first $100/year “Working” member. He paid his membership fee in ETH, the ethereum blockchain token. Since YARcce intends to experiment with blockchain governance, and Paslar has been one of our guides in this new Internet space, it seemed almost required that he pay in a cryptocurrency.

YARcce Has Been Incorporated

YARcce was incorporated in the state of Wyoming as a 501c7 “mutual benefit” nonprofit, membership organization in October 2020.

Steve Bentley of Billings Montana, a CPA and YARcce Benefitting member, did the incorporation.

Steve also set up the bank account and began paying YARcce expenses for items like our domain name registrations, our Zoom account, and other infrastructure costs from initial membership fees.

Steve did this all so well that he was designated YARcce CFO by acclimation, so that he could continue to do this work without compensation. Steve is a very generous guy, who with his wife, Susan, brings good cheer and seasons greetings as Santa and Mrs Claus in November and December each year.

Making the Invisible Visable

It has been a while since this blog site has been used to communicate to the YARcce community and others.

Derek Reynoso had created the blog format, and was maintaining it for a number of months. Unfortunately for the YARcce community Derek needed to move on to other things. We now have some catching up to do.

Watch as we begin to post a number of short items to update you on what’s been going on, and to “make the invisible visible“.

9/ 5/2020 Blockchain Study Group With BrightID

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/e9LkZVaniZx_3bjNv-rhZd4fldk_5LgRUiAlfIkfy3t6Yc4Z2GSgZ_4RkdOXuccW.Vcoo94yE3LwTe92K

 Passcode: &sYx34L#

We had Adam Stallard and Alireza Paslar from BrightID helping us. Looks highly probable we will us BrightID as key part of member identification, and perhaps access control.

 
I think a few of might be buying their sponsorship discount package mentioned in our discussion. It would cover a number of BrightID users to get us started.
 
Chris Manfre is going to attempt a flow diagram linking Mighty Networks platform, BrightID, DAO software, etc
 
Jim Medalie and Ron Henderson were also there, as was Ed Yarrish.
 
We will see if Ori Shamony from D-Org might join us next week. We also seem to be closing in on Aragon for our first DAO software.
 
Jim is doing a lot of probing with the available Aragon modules.
 
Ron is focusing energy on Mighty Networks and how we can use it to onboard new members.

 

Draft of operating agreement for YARcce BB LLC

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/tOtnN-j8qlhLbJX36V7WA60LBIvKeaa82yQc-PoKz02f6yQoBLMdRnvHPM-VzwRE Passcode: 5s5E#?dJ

 
(In the recording, Chris Manfre from Milan, Ray Gallon from rural France, Jim Medalie from Colorado Springs CO, Ron Henderson from Fredericksburg VA and Ed Yarrish from Allentown PA) 

 
This video is from our August 29, 2020 blockchain study group discussion of a draft operating agreement that would be part of our incorporation in Vermont as a blockchain based limited liability corporation.
 
A draft operating agreement was prepared by Jim Medalie based on the D-org consulting firm’s incorporation as a BB LLC. Their agreement is publicly available on GitHub. 
 
Jim’s draft was also based on Ray Gallon’s earlier work of summarizing our ongoing discussion about organizational design, as a peer-to-peer network organization on the etherium blockchain.
 
Chris Manfre made major contributions to the discussion, and the draft, to clarify definitions. Ron Henderson has written a draft membership agreement that he is sharing with the group, and has been focused on the onboarding process for new members using the YARcce Mighty Networks platform that we are starting to populate.
 
After additional work, this document will be brought to our next session with the attorneys from Gravel and Shea in September.

Submitted by Ed Yarrish

Hand Off

Amanda Tressler, who is growing the wiki at YARcce.com, is seen here getting a hand off from Ed Yarrish. 

Amanda was Ed’s yoga guru before the pandemic began. Now in addition to helping with the wiki she is involved in the discussions about the YARcce logo and potential crowdfunding strategies.

Jean Simonnet and Ed Yarrish met on Wednesday evening July 8th with Dr Guido Pez on the campus of Muhlenberg College, where Jean has been entrepreneur in residence since 2008.

They discussed Dr Pez’s research, and patent applications, to use a liquid organic hydrocarbon, DBT, to store hydrogen generated from renewable sources. And, then to run the DBT through a fuel cell and generate electricity. DBT essentially becomes a liquid battery that can store and transport electricity created by solar and wind.

Dr Pez retired as Chief Research Scientist at Air Products and Chemicals, and was American Chemical Society Chemist of the Year. He holds some 40 patents.