Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sand Blossoms (Linanthus parryi): Minutes from today's - 11/10/2012 {Open} Business Meeting – at World University and School

Minutes from today's - 11/10/2012 {Open} Business Meeting – at World University and School

World University and School
{Open} Business Meeting – (hour-long meeting)
Saturday, November 10, 2012
9 am, Pacific Time

1. Welcome and Greetings - News

a. Business meeting in a Google + group video hangout

The WUaS business meeting this month is in a Google + group video hangout, accessible here on a main, WUaS G+ page - - to facilitate international communication. 

b. Welcome

Welcome to Juan Mendez in Spain.

Welcome to Stefanos Kapetan in London, and originally from Greece.

Welcome to Tito Dimas in Jakarta, Indonesia

c. "World University and School, Student, Board / Team's 1st meeting 3 Nov 2012" 

"World University and School, Student, Board / Team's 1st meeting 3 Nov 2012" - . (This is a good conversation, and overview of WUaS, from a Stanford Coursera course Scott is taking called "Startup Boards: Advanced Entrepreneurship" with people from all over the world).  

d. World University and School's NEW YouTube video channel: 

e. WUaS's second annual Board meeting

Last month's WUaS business meeting was also WUaS's second annual Board business meeting, a significant milestone 

2. Committees

2.1 Planning committee

see Master plan and Business plan below

2.2 Finance

Treasurer's report for October 2012


WUaS's $100,000 capital campaign for 2012

Getting the WUaS annual appeal letter in the mail this week, for WUaS's $100,000 capital campaign for 2012, and preparing for WUaS's $125,000 capital campaign for 2013 -$100,000_Capital_Campaign_at_World_University_and_School_for_2012 - and -


WUaS's business plan is an endowment one

Our business plan is an endowment one, so fundraising, grant writing and networking with philanthropists - - and with an online (and eventually on-the-ground) Bookstore / computer store (new and used) - - first, as we begin to offer Creative Commons' licensed MIT OCW High School-centric International Baccalaureate diplomas and CC MIT OCW-centric bachelor's in the 6 United Nations' languages plus Portuguese and Swahili probably, since they are both lingua francas in Africa. Amara subtitles will help crowdsource some of the MIT OCW and Yale OYC video courses' translation, as a start.


Quaker bookstore with vendors, who have said they'd like to collaborate with WUaS, (and WUaS's board has said they would purchase probably Quickbooks POS v. 11 2013 with multistore as online bookstore software for many countries and languages eventually) to call together a few, online bookstore / computer store software companies with questions, before calling Quickbooks POS themselves with last questions before purchasing, then setting up WUaS's online bookstore, engaging the Quaker bookstore's inventory and vendor, in anticipating of selling textbooks etc.. 

2.3 Information Technology


Wikidata / Wikibase update -

As World University and School moves from the Wikia wiki to Wikidata / Wikibase, WUaS will probably become an 'instance of Wikibase,' which is in development. Creative Commons' licensed Wikidata / Wikibase is currently under development by a core team of Wikimedians / Wikipedians in Europe, with Wikipedia's 285 languages in mind. (And I just learned that WUaS will probably become an 'instance of Wikibase' in Wikidata office hours only on Tuesday). 

Whether free, MIT OCW-centric WUaS can facilitate application writing for Android and iPhone OS, et al., in many, many languages, is an item for future WUaS monthly, business meeting agendas. 

2.4 WUaS Outreach


World University and School's NEW YouTube video channel: 


Friends / Quakers

Distributed WUaS flyers at College Park Quarterly Meeting (Quaker) in the foothills of the Sierras in October, and began a CPQM ad hoc email committee



Sent this press release - - to around 25 newspapers + including the NYT, the WSJ and FT

2.5 Hiring planning

2.6 Fundraising

- looking for a new WUaS Board member to focus WUaS fundraising

2.7 Nominating committee

Seeking committee members, facilitators and recorders

2.8 Languages' committee

2.9 Accreditation committee

WUaS has talked with WASC senior in California for about 45 minutes, and is planning to accredit on MIT OCW, for the bachelor's degree (with WUaS's 1st matriculating class in 2014), and department by department, for this online, Creative Commons' licensed university and School. Ph.D. accreditation for first, online matriculating class beginning in 2015, will also be department, by department. WUaS is serious about accrediting well and thoroughly, with WASC to start, and then around the world, but we need to begin to scale for this. There's a workshop in April 2013 with WASC which WUaS is currently planning to attend. 

3. WUaS Master Plan

4. WUaS Business Plan

5.  WUaS Board

- is looking for a new Board member to focus WUaS fundraising

6. New WUaS pages and updates

a. Updates:

b. New pages:

Delaware language






c. Blog entries: 

7. SF f/Friends/Quaker WUaS developments

8. Closure

9. Next Meeting - Saturday, December 8, 2012, 9 am Pacific Time

Scott MacLeod

President and Head Clerk

World University and School
(like Wikipedia with MIT Open Course Ware)

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