StarCamp Shasta, Rainbows & Unicorns

StarCamp

The trip we made with Payu to Shasta was, if anything, true to the magic of the Mountain. StarCamp was a beautiful experience. People from all over the world gathered far up in the hills on the northwest side of the mountain for a weekend of Shasta mountain air, local organic foods, music, and workshops.

As our team was squeezed onto the workshop roster last minute – we had no idea what we could expect. Participants were enthusiastic, but, it was a chilly night, and the workshop dome was unheated, so attendance was light. With such a complex topic as mazacoin, or cryptocurrency in general, we wanted to gauge both the education & sophistication level of average folks, as well as their real interest – which aspects and applications of cryptocurrency generate the most excitement?

As we’ve seen through Payu’s work with the Oglala Sioux Tribe, we saw at StarCamp that “money” – no matter how free and open source, and decentralized, isn’t a terribly compelling reason to use cryptocurrencies for most people, groups, tribes. What we did see is that interest in autonomous organizations and governance structures is significant. Most folks struggle, however, to understand how agreements and smart contracts on the blockchain work with simple theoretical discussion. Most folks need real world examples.

Rainbows

After StarCamp we took a few days in Shasta to catch up online, and see if any of our attempts to reach out to area tribal leaders were successful. On one trip to find public internet, Payu met an apparent member of the Wintu tribe. Payu asked about their issues with the raising of the Shasta Dam (which would flood out many sacred Wintu sites), and informed that his tribe would like to help. Apparently Payu was mistaken for a member of the Rainbow Tribe, and received a flurry of expletives. Payu showed the man his Northern Cheyenne Tribal ID, and wished him well. It was unfortunate, but very telling experience.

Unicorns

We see that the newer tribes are most accepting of Mazacoin, and cryptocurrencies. While mazacoin was created with the intention of creating opportunity for the original tribes (like the Oglala Sioux), those tribes may need the examples of younger tribes to fully embrace the power of Mazacoin. Payu and I have agreed that we should both focus our teams’ efforts on reaching out to these groups.

As the Development Team, we find that “marketing mazacoin” is in many ways counter productive. The direct marketing of mazacoin to tribal leaders seems to tend toward confusion of mazacoin with a business, with a typical corporate structure, profits, stocks and the like. After meeting with the other developers on the team, we’ve decided that we will no longer engage in this at all, and will leave all marketing of mazacoin up to individuals and businesses with interests in mazacoin’s success.

We will be removing this site in the next couple weeks, and replacing it with a much simpler version, with links to mazacoin related services, software, and sites. We’ll provide general information about mazacoin, but will not be providing “news” related to mazacoin – this is the job of the blogs, social media, and mainstream media. Major development announcements, developer’s meetings, and similar will be posted on this site as well.

The Mazacoin Development Team is not a formal organization. It is comprised of the committers and submitters to the various repositories at https://github.com/mazacoin. You can contribute by testing & filing issues on github, enhancing documentation, or developing code. Mazacoin is always in need of qualified C/C++, Java, Python coders. If you’re not a coder, but would like to see mazacoin improve, you can contribute financially by placing bounties on github issues. We will be providing additional means of financial contribution in the future.

Recent developments in Bitcoin suggest that the time is now for Mazacoin to diverge, grow, and flourish. Please come by #mazacoin-dev on Freenode IRC to share your thoughts, ideas, or code. We’re very interested in ideas that will prevent future hostile alterations of the mazacoin protocol, as we see being attempted in Bitcoin today.

Mazacoin in Motion!

It’s been a busy couple weeks preparing to head to Shasta! Mazaclub crew has been finishing up testing on their upcoming Encompass 0.6.0 release, while Payu has been helping serve security at the Oglala Nation powwow this past week.

Payu Harris

Powow isn’t all fun and games!

We’ll be heading toward Mt Shasta tomorrow, and will have a couple days to prepare together for our first workshop at StarCamp Shasta! StarCamp is a semi-annual event, with music, arts, workshops, and more, held on private land, far up in the mountains, just north of Mt Shasta.

We’re scheduled for a Saturday evening workshop, and Since StarCamp Shasta is held in a more remote location, we will be bringing the Mazacoin message without the aid of computers, without the aid of the internet, and without the traditional trappings of so many technology workshops, and seminars! Because Mazacoin is a tool that we would like to see used in ways that allow for us to do business, make contracts & agreements more in harmony with the Earth, and all of our relations, we think it’s important that we move beyond the convention centers, beyond the conference hall, meeting tables, and have some of these discussions around the Fire, next to the River, Lake.. among the Trees, so that we can consider them all in our plans, decisions, and business. (click on the image below for tickets & more information!)

StarCamp2015

Mazacoin in Motion: ShamanicEconomics @ StarCamp!

At this first workshop we’ll be exploring these basic questions:

What is Mazacoin, How was is created, Why is it Important?
How does mazacoin work, Why is it Money? How does Money derive value?
Why is mazacoin more than money, What else can we do with it?
Where can we take this? How can we use mazacoin to
- fund land reclamation projects
- automate & remove human points of failure
- return physical stewardship to proper stewards
- provide governance systems (work w/, or instead of, existing govt)
- provide ongoing funding through proof of stewardship
- develop local economies through local currencies
- use mazacoin to limit devaluation and inflation
- develop intercommunity-intertribal governance systems
- exercise sovereign indigenous rights

Most importantly, we’ll be asking people to not watch or listen to a seminar, a lecture about mazacoin, We’ll be asking folks to help us create the message that will help guide us to those with the wisdom to look beyond the immediate profits, look beyond the problems we have today, and look to the needs of the many generations to come. We’ll be asking folks to help create the message that will guide mazacoin not just to those who are at the forefront of technology, or government, business, law, finance, but also to those we’ll find in the woods, along the river, away from the noise, pollution.

Animas Spill

Animas River EPA/Gold mine Spill, Colorado

We’ll be asking folks to help us create the message that will show that mazacoin technology can help us create a world where the people along the river are not left to clean up the destruction of business that is uninvolved, and not in tune with the land.

We’ll be asking folks to help us create the mazacoin that will encode the responsibility we have to protect our Mother Earth, and provide for those who do the Work necessary to do this.

We will be asking folks to help us put Mazacoin in Motion!

Mongolian School Bus!!! :)

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You can help by donating MZC or BTC to the addresses below. We will
convert BTC immediately to dollars to cover travel (gas) and other
necessary expenses, and we’ll hold the MZC until needed. Our goal for
donations is open ended, as is our journey. With funding, we can extend
our Shamanic Economics from Shasta and continue to meet with more tribes
elsewhere in California, and beyond. We’ll, of course, let you know how
we spend those funds! Any remaining funds at the conclusion of Shamanic
Economics, we will put into a bounty fund for the first mazacoin-related
project to come from a member of a Shasta area tribe or town.

3KK5SXy9KTGXbJiWb9gFp1MmdqvU5ibsLy Bitcoin
MGNd51vGUFsuQQJk7wLpKqTmzi2TYLNCoy Mazacoin

Signed,

Rob Nelson
guruvan@maza.club
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Shamanic Economics in Shasta!

Shasta

Shasta’s west face (not far from Rob’s home!)

Mazaclub, developers of mazacha.in, Tate for Mazacoin & Encompass Multcoin, are bringing Payu Harris, original creator of mazacoin, and much of the voice behind mazacoin, to Mt Shasta, where Rob Nelson, Mazacoin Development Coordinator, and Sarah Verbanac of mazaclub both live.

Just as Shasta is, Mazacoin is designed to be used by the many tribes, not just one. To make this so, we must begin to bring the message beyond the Oglala Sioux to the rest of North America, and beyond.

Mt Shasta is regarded by many as the root chakra of the Earth, and by others the Heart. Mt Shasta is regarded as one of the Earth’s most sacred sites by many people all over the world. We see the tribes around the mountain struggling to protect the forests, the water, the salmon, just as we see tribes all over the Earth trying to protect their lands from pipelines, logging, freeways, and more.

We have seen the natural energy flowing this year from the Black Hills to Mt Shasta.  The Rainbow Family held their annual US gathering wintu_CnD_orderin Lakota territory, The Black Hills, and Payu Harris went with many others, including Chase Iron Eyes, who’s been very supportive of mazacoin. After the annual gathering a Rainbow Family tradition is to see a large contingent of the Rainbow Family got to Mt Shasta. The Winnemem Wintu Tribe, a Mt Shasta area tribe, issued a Cease and Desist Order to the Rainbow Tribe. The Order demanded that the Rainbow Tribe cease trespassing on their lands, which has been a long standing request by many Shasta area locals.

We see a need to develop more cohesive agreements between tribes, including non “tradtional” tribes like Rainbow, which has no chiefs, or president, but yet still must find ways to coexist with the tribes who steward the lands they use.

Mazaclub is flying Payu to Seattle and we will arrive in Mt Shasta about the 12th of August. In what we think is the true fashion of mazacoin, shamanic economics, we will let the mountain guide us along our way. We will intend to meet with leaders and members of local tribes, and meet with the many world travelers that come to Mt Shasta on their spiritual and shamanic journeys, and local community leaders. We will also attend as many events, powows, festivals, and the like as we’re able.

In Shasta we find a great many tribes, beyond those with federal recognition. Some of those, are new, much like the Rainbow Family is relatively new. We know that mazacoin can help each of these tribes, but mazacoin needs the help of each of them. If mazacoin is to last 7 generations, and what we build with it to last equally as long, we need more than financiers, more than cryptography experts, more than developers.

If mazacoin is to last more than 7 generations, we need to find how it serves us beyond the simple use as money. In Honduras, there is a blockchain based land title program underway, in Isle of Man money services are registered via blockchain. We see many smart contract and similar platforms are coming online. Sidechains are becoming a reality.

It is clear that mazacoin must grow. The blockchain, the mazachain, is designed to grow itself. With the value we create in the mazachain, by using as money for trade, we are able to effect change in the world before us. Take a first example in mining mazacoin. It currently requires wasteful equipment and large amounts of power. To remain successful, a miner must focus on efficiency, so it requires that we use the value created to make more and more efficient miners and power to run them. A large mining operation might need to be more efficient than the local power company and build their own generation facility. If this were to be done by a federally recognized tribe, and tribal corporation, this alone could turn the tide for many tribes, on a financial level, and on an ecological level as well. Dams are created now, which flood the homes of many tribes, and throughout the western US, prevent the salmon from running upstream. Mining is just the first example of how mazacoin can be capable of transforming the poverty of the typical reservation into a model of economic prosperity, and sound ecology.  shastadamBut this is all just beginning, and just the beginning. While we can see the opportunities, we can see obstacles that must be overcome. We need the leaders that come from all 4 directions to know how we must grow mazacoin. Trade, and our interaction with the Earth are about much more than money. At the root, all of our interactions in trade represent agreements. As so many tribes know, agreements are often not worth the paper they’ve been written on. We need to make fair and transparent systems for making agreements with something worth more than paper – mazacoin.

Again, developing methods for unbreakable agreements is work for much more than coders, and cryptologists, financial experts. We need chiefs, elders, statesmen, and shamans. We need People. The People are the ones to use mazacoin, the people should define how it grows to help us all.

We will bring the mazacoin message to the Mountain, and ask that it be carried in the Wind.

View from Mt Shasta's peak

View from Mt Shasta’s peak

We’ll be posting video, audio, and of course, pics of our journey. We hope that you’ll join us in spirit as we ride!

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You can help by donating MZC or BTC to the addresses below. We will
convert BTC immediately to dollars to cover travel (gas) and other
necessary expenses, and we'll hold the MZC until needed. Our goal for
donations is open ended, as is our journey. With funding, we can extend
our Shamanic Economics from Shasta and continue to meet with more tribes
elsewhere in California, and beyond. We'll, of course, let you know how
we spend those funds! Any remaining funds at the conclusion of Shamanic
Economics, we will put into a bounty fund for the first mazacoin-related
project to come from a member of a Shasta area tribe or town.

3KK5SXy9KTGXbJiWb9gFp1MmdqvU5ibsLy Bitcoin
MGNd51vGUFsuQQJk7wLpKqTmzi2TYLNCoy Mazacoin

Signed,

Rob Nelson
guruvan@maza.club
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