Ways To Participate


Roles & Responsibilities

All organizations involve some form of roles and responsibilities. WordPress, the technology that this website is built upon, includes the notions of roles and capabilities. In the blue chart of roles, there are several levels that correspond with the structure of WordPress.

Visitors

People who visit a website without logging in are “Visitors” and as such, can see any content that is intended for the public to see.

Subscribers

Subscribers have provided their name and email address in exchange for granting them access to content not visible to the general public. The most obvious example is the Personal Growth Research Library. On the home page, I show visitors the titles and topics of the content. That is intended to show them content that should prove valuable to them. I should hope so, because I have put many years into growing that content.

The value we get from their name and email address is the right to send them notifications of when a new course is announced, when a new article has been added to the library, etc.

Contributors

I am considering opening up our community meetings to include Contributors. I have had conversations with people several times each week who would be interested in what we are developing (the 5 Gateways) and inviting them to community meetings may have a positive impact on enrollment in our courses.

Coaching Clients

Coaching clients are people who I coach but are not necessarily Students. The information I track about coaching clients is distinct, so I treat them as a special class of user. They may or may not visit the website to access materials.

Students

Students are people who are taking one of our courses. Students get their Personal Dashboard which will grow in functionality over time.

When I took my Clear Beliefs Coach Training, we were inundated with materials. I expect that as we deliver the Gateways courses (or other classes), they will face the same issues, so The Personal Dashboards will address that problem.

Apprentice

Course participants who want to deepen their mastery of the material and possibly present some of it themselves play the role of Apprentice. They get to take courses they have previously taken, but for free or for a deeply discounted cost.

Promoters

Promoters are people who deliver new students. There will be a commission structure related to the cost of the course, student payment, etc. Promoters will have access to whatever materials will help them communicate effectively with their prospects.

Course Designers

It has taken me many years to develop the skill of creating course content. It is more than just knowing how to create PowerPoint decks (although this is a useful skill too). Course Designers will be compensated by giving profit sharing of the courses they produce.

Instructors

Instructors are the folks who present the materials. Right now, there are only three people who can wear this hat within our organization: Anthony, Ipswa, and me.

Administrators

Administrators maintain the technology infrastructure. Tim is helping me with the administrative tasks I have forgotten how to undertake. Like building “shortcodes”.

 

 

Exploring  Community

As the Four (now Five) Gateways undertaking evolves and clarifies, the notion of community has become increasingly important. So far, we have been meeting regularly on Monday evenings, but there has been little structure or clarification of goals, roles and wants. What I have heard so far from those who have attended is that this notion of community is important and compelling.

Human beings have a well-established need for community and connection. We have lots of ways to gather in community, from clubs, to churches and meetups, but few of these seem to address what I believe is a deep need for healthy authentic and deep personal connection.

Many years ago, I realized that organized religion meets three common needs: the need for service, spirit and socialization. Soon after I discovered The Mankind Project, I realized that it too met all three of these needs, but for some reason, people tend to drift away from MKP. Even in the Integration Group (a fancy name for Men’s Circle) that I started 20 years ago, there are only a few stalwarts who have stayed with the group.

I have also felt that the group left me longing for more connection than I was getting.  Occasionally, some of us have gone for walks or met to share a meal, but something is still missing.

Over the years, I have taken hundreds of courses, both in-person and spread over time. What I have learned as both a teacher and a student is that courses that are spread over time lead to better learning retention. Courses that take a weekend such as the MKP New Warrior Training Adventure always tend to fade over time. And the participants inevitably drift apart. This led me to a question: what if we spread courses over a long period of time and maintained continuity and connection during breaks?

These two realizations, the need for community and the need to retain what is learned lay the groundwork for the notion of Community that I have been sitting with and want to explore with you.

What do you want from the Community we have been creating? Dig into this question and seek clarity. What do you want from your already hyper-busy lives that you still are not finding?

I have activated the Forum and will start seeding it with topics and ideas. Please join me. Let’s see what using it feels like.

Roles

Level

Benefits

Cost

Subscriber

Personal Growth Library

Posts

Notifications

FREE

Contributor

Conscious Community

Monthly membership fee

Coaching Client

Access to PG Library

Access to session videos

Negotiate Coaching Fee

Student

Course Materials

Community

Depends on course

Discounted Coaching

Apprentice

Mentoring by Instructor

Discounted

Discounted Coaching

Promoter

Commisions

Depends on course

Earns commissions

Discounted Coaching

Course Developer

Profit Sharing

Autonomy

Free Course Participation

Discounted Coaching

Instructor

Autonomy

Material Licensing

Sleepless Nights

Endless Rewrites

Administrator

Geek Power

Geekness

Technology Infrastructure

Although I have been developing software since 1967, my days as a developer are coming to an end. As one last monument to my own ego, I built this website. It clearly shows my complete lack of even rudimentary graphic design skills, and it has many bugs, some of which are the responsibility of developers who built programs that are called “Plugins”.

And here lies a major source of frustration. Plugins are incredibly useful. For a nominal fee, I can purchase the rights to use somebody else’s code that would otherwise take me weeks, months, or even years to develop. Some plugins work wonderfully. Some don’t.

My system is built using WordPress which does a lot, but its user interface is circa 1999. It is old and ugly. But it works. Most of my problems arise from the plugins that create and manage a simple database of “forms”. Specifically, Gravity Forms. It is popular and well documented, but it has some critical design flaws that I didn’t discover until too late.

Two companies emerged as spin-offs of Gravity Forms. One called Gravity Views (now renamed as Gravity Kits), solved (sort-of) some of the limitations of Gravity Forms. But Gravity Kits has some major problems that have driven me a bit crazy. It cannot sort things properly. Now, sorting is a fundamental capability that thould be easy to solve. But due to the design flaws in Gravity Forms, I am not sure that they will ever get sorting to work. So if you see some lists of things (like the list of course offerings) that aren’t in a recognizable order, it is not something I can fix.

Unless…

I would love to rebuild the sysems I use to build this site using better technology. But that would take me several hundred thousand dollars and time that I simply don’t have.

Ultimately, I am looking for technical help from somebody who is familiar with:

  • WordPress
  • DIVI (theme)
  • Gravity Forms, Gravity Views
  • Creating Shortcodes

If anything on this page catches your attention and your want to help create this community or if you can help me with any of the technical challenges, please fill out and submit this form.

Thanks!’

Bob Jones

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