The Venus Project Walk-through to helping out
There are many ways in which you can help out The Venus Project. The path taken here is only one of the many possible ways.
If you are an artist, musician or video maker, the author strongly suggests you also join a local group in your own area if possible: http://www.thevenusproject.com/get-involved/tvpsupport, and join some additional groups at this website: http://www.tvpactivism.com/. The reason for this is that this website gives you more of an opportunity to socialize and discuss things. The Brainstorming group is one example of a group that’s worth joining–if you are still learning about The Venus Project.
People do decide to work on projects that are a part of the world wide community that help, or discuss things about The Venus Project
It is possible to work on projects outside The Venus Project (this document is one example of that) and the people at The Venus Project will appreciate your effort. The author hopes you will always feel like you can do something for The Venus Project and your fellow human beings.
There may even be people from the international community that want to team up with you outside The Venus Project: this is certainly the case with the PearlTrees groups for example: http://www.pearltrees.com/. Pearltrees is not The Venus Project or a part of it, rather people from all over the world make use of Pearltrees; and it just so happens that some of them are interested in The Venus Project.
The Venus Project community is continually finding new ways to do their projects and discuss stuff in the world-wide community–as an artist you should know anything is possible
Welcome to The Venus Project’s (non-official) world-wide community–from the author of this article.
Becoming a member of The Venus Project
What we are going to do here is to navigate the new website for The Venus Project with the aim of joining a team and getting involved with a specific project.
If you have never heard of The Venus Project, then a good place to go to is http://www.thevenusproject.com/ . The easiest thing to do is to simply explore the website for things that might interest you, talk to others, and watch some of the videos about The Venus Project.
Some of you will want to become involved with helping The Venus Project. One of the ways to do this is to join The Venus project as a volunteer. The picture below shows you where you can find out about this on the website.
If you feel a little lost with how you might join one of the teams in The Venus Project—don’t worry—this whole article is basically a walk-through on becoming a member and will guide you through both the website and the process. If you are taking this path, the red ball labeled 3 in the below picture shows you where to register—it’s not a complex process to get an account. Once you have registered, the user name and password for your account can be used to access The Venus Project website and all the related websites such as:
1) Moving the mouse to “Get Involved” and then clicking on the “What Can I Do?” button will bring up a page with various suggestions on how you can help out and even start your own team in your part of the world if existing groups are too from you. The red ball labeled 1, shows where the button you need to click on is.
2) Registering gives you access to more parts of the website. You don’t have to do this, but if you intend to join one of the teams, then it’s a very good idea to do so. The red ball labeled 2 shows where you can sign in once you are registered.
3) Registration is not scary and really quite easy to do. If you have not already got an account, then the red ball labeled 3 shows where you can create a new account.
The pages showing all the existing TVP (activism) teams on the earth can be found here: http://www.thevenusproject.com/get-involved/tvpsupport. Remember, if a team is too far away from your area, why not start-up your own team! To join a activism team: you click on one of The Venus Project symbols on the map and an email address will be shown. You can press the email hyper link or copy and paste the email address into an email that you are writing.
The TVP-Activism team also has a website: http://www.tvpactivism.com/. No matter what TVP-Team you are going to join, this website is well worth the visit as this website has a link to a thing called a “team manual” and it is quite helpful in understanding how teams work in The Venus Project. It would be wise to visit the TVP-Activism website and get the most up to date manual as they do change over time.
However, we are interested in joining the TVP-Expressions in this example.
You can read about each of the teams and find out what they do. Here are the links to save you time:
- TVP-Support: http://www.thevenusproject.com/get-involved/tvpsupport- includes maps of world-wide teams. If you don’t have a local team near you: then you might want to form one.
- Pressing the “Activism” button (next to the red ball labeled 5) will take you to this website: http://www.tvpactivism.com/. A lot of people choose to join this one as it contains a lot of teams from various countries and special teams like the brainstorming groups that discuss interesting and fun topics.
- Pressing the “Expressions” button (the button below the red ball labeled 5) will take you to this website: http://www.venus-expressions.org/. This whole website is about this particular choice. If your into making music, art, videos and so on, then this is the place to hang out.
- TVP-Design: http://www.thevenusproject.com/get-involved/tvpdesign
- TVP-Core: http://www.thevenusproject.com/get-involved/tvpcore
- NEW Linguistic Team International: http://www.thevenusproject.com/en/get-involved/linguistic-team-international
Some teams have specific requirements and may even ask for a resume to be sent to them. So make sure you read the requirements of each team carefully.
One team that needs people with a wide variety of skills is the TVP-Expressions. In this example we will be joining that team.
4) Moving the mouse to “Get Involved” and then clicking on the “TVP-Support” button. Have a read about what the support team does and look at the world wide locations of teams on the world map. The red ball with a 4 in it shows the location of the “TVP-Support” button.
5) In this case, since this is a walk-through, we do want to joint the TVP-Support (Expressions) Team, so we press the large rectangular button labeled TVPExpressions Global Media Website. The red ball with a 5 on it shows where that button is.
Before we leave this page behind, you should also notice that to join a TVP-Support (Activism) team–from one of the many locations on the global map–you will need to send that TVP-Support (Activism) Team an email. Later on they will probably direct you to the TVP-Activism website. In TVP-Activism website, you can not only be a part of your own countries teams, but there are also other teams you can join.
The TVP-Core Teams and the TVP-Design Teams use emails for contact or in some cases invite people based on their skill and experience.
Shown below is the TVP-Expressions website. The website is distorted because I need to show it, but I don’t need a picture perfect example.
To get full use of this website you will need to go to the top right-hand side of the website labeled “Community Login.” Press this button.
Once the “The Community Log-in,” button has been pressed, you will need the same user-name and password as The Venus Project website. When you have entered the correct details, you will end up with a webpage as shown below.
Before investigating your profile and groups, now might be a good time to click on the “Venus Expressions Media Roster” button; the button is shown near the top right hand corner just under the community log-in button in the picture below.
The form that pops up after you click on the blue writing labeled “Venus Expressions Media Roster” is quite similar to an volunteer application. You might think of it as a short resume about yourself. The Venus Project uses this form to give you credit for your contributions, and as a way to keep in contact with you. You also need to fill this form before you can join a sub-team–that is called a department for the purposes of this walk-through.
You can play around with your user picture and other personal details if you wish. Once you finish with your personal details, then the next thing to do is to go and check out the groups. You can get to the groups by pressing the “Groups” button at the location indicated by the red ball labeled 6.
Make sure you press the “All Groups” link/button to see all the possible groups you can join. This link/button is located near the red ball labeled 7.
There are a number of departments listed in the TVP-Expressions groups website page, and the tasks of each department is listed below that department heading.
Spend a little time learning about each department (the meaning of a department can be found in the team manual). Pick one of the departments that interests you and gives you a feeling that you can contribute something. In this example we will choose to click our mouse on heading that is blue and has the word “department” near the red ball labeled 8.
Once you have pressed the link/button labeled the name of the department you are interested in, you will end up at a web-page as shown above.
You can also read about what the department does on this page. The information is near the red ball labeled 9.
If you still feel like contributing, then press the join button near the red ball labeled 10.
That about finishes the basic introduction to joining a team, department and choosing a project to work on.
The Venus Project has provided a video for those who want to join The Venus Project Media Expression. This video has a very brief walk-through of joining a department in the expressions media website and provides a lot of additional details that I have not mentioned here. This video is called the “TVP Team Introduction” and is shown below:
Working on projects and in teams that have no leaders
The reason that working on projects was added here is that the author does not simply want people to join a team and feel lost and possibly loose interest in The Venus Project because they have not received a good welcome and a bit of a orientation.
In fact it’s quite likely you will get a big welcome and tips on what to do straight away when you join a team; so this section is in theory not required.
The Venus Project does not have leaders. That might be a little disorientating at first.
The process of generating ideas, listing projects and having people work–as volunteers–on those projects is already integrated in to how departments and teams operate.
The Venus Project is about teaching people about itself in both a practical and educational way. The Venus Project could be implemented today if the worlds people felt the need to do so.
If you feel a little lost because there’s no leader to tell you what to do when working on a project you have volunteered for, then ask The Venus Project people for help and guidance.
If the section you are in does not give you the help and guidance you need, go to another department or team and ask them.
The global brainstorming room can also be a great place to go to if you really become puzzled by a project you are working on. Being a member of the global brainstorming room has many other benefits also. To join the Global brainstorming room you have to go to the TVP-Support teams. You then join the TVP-Activism (Support) team by going to their website: http://www.tvpactivism.com/.
The project you work on will also have several criteria that need to be satisfied. One of those criteria might be that is passes through Quality Assurance Team for example. The Venus Project not only operates without leaders, it uses concepts and processes that are cutting edge ideas and technology in today’s world.
Your project will have every assistance to make sure it ends up meeting what ever requirements were set down for it.
You would already know if a project management system is required, because you would have read the description–that would have mention the need for a project management system–of the department and/or project before you joined it.
The Venus Project may also be able to help with a project management tool if you like to work that way with the team you are in.
Also try and have some fun, stay healthy, and enjoy your experience as a volunteer at The Venus Project.
Good luck with any projects you take on.
To those who read or learn more about The Venus Project, and to those who become volunteers, the author would like to thank you for your efforts to make this a better world that is without war, poverty, hunger, debt and unnecessary human suffering.
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