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Welcome Samarians

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Welcome Samarians


Welcome Samarians!

Welcome fellow intrepid Authors! Let's write a book together!! :)

If you're editing already or ready to copy into a page watch this 3min overview first!
Just as in SEEDS it will make it much easier and give you context to go through all sections of this section of the wiki and the full introduction below as soon as you can ;)

Here's a quick intro to the Wiki.. enjoy!


Welcome Samarians

Status of the Chronicles

The Chronicles of Samara are co-created directly inside this wiki space, every participants will get Editor rights and can work on separate pages. 

PG=Page, CH=Chapter

Order/synthesis of structure: Dmitriy, Joachim, Bongi
Cover: Joachim
PG: Preface: Identity Pod (Roz, Alan, Dmitriy, Trent)
PG: Dedication: Identity Pod (Roz, Alan, Dmitriy, Trent)
PG: Who this book is for: Joachim & Bongi.
PG: How to use this book: Joachim & Bongi
CH: Enter the World of Samara: Identity Pod (Roz, Alan, Dmitriy, Trent)

CH: Samara’s Stories : YOU :slight_smile: (All Quest) to add own pages (perhaps from individual boards in Miro). [If on Monday not everyone has added or perhaps these pages are not cohesive, we can set aside to put in v2.0]

PG: What Has Worked so far and What we would do Differently: YOU :slight_smile: (All Quest)
CH: Grow the Roots: Game Guide Primary Pod + Joachim
CH: Strengthen the Trunk: Justin

CH: Sprout the Branches
PG: What is a Pilot Project: Local Pilots Primary Pod (Drigo, Jared, Fabi, Sven)
PG: Relationship with Hypha Movement Building Circle (MBC): Tyler
PG: Our Current Pilot Support: Local Pilots Primary Pod (Drigo, Jared, Fabi, Sven)
PG: Tools and Technology: Joachim and Bongi
CH: Future Flowers and Seeds: Alan + Joachim + Irina + Bongi+ Tyler
Epilogue: Bongi + Joachim
Glossary: Any & All Editors
Reference: Trent
About the Authors: Alan + Bongi


Activity Lead Status Comments
Install BookStack Wiki on Cloudron Joachim Done  
Register and invite all participants to Cloudron Bongi Done Use Cloudron credentials
Adjust and confirm the structure of the outline Bongi: Some changes but big ones abandoned - finishing + editing needed most Done Via Miro Board
Divvy up the work among all participants for each chapter Irina Open Via Miro Board
Launch hackathon and write, rewrite, cowrite, embed artifacts All Open Artifacts from anyone
Do a periodic group review and decide on status Bongi: propose Thursday formal move to review in Trunk Open  
Do an editorial review and final approval Bongi: propose Friday formal move to editing + final approval Monday Open UK vs US grammar and spelling rules, footnotes and ref notes, e.g. [Str2020]
Update wiki formatting (fonts, colors, chapter icons) Joachim In Progress Via Wiki Settings
Deliver the wiki as PDF and/or epub for the TD call Joachim In Progress Via 

The best way to catch up on all the writing is from the left side "Recent Activity" here (click on the "Game Guide" breadcrumb thingy in the middle). As an admin you can also access the audit log below showing all edits ever done in the wiki.






Welcome Samarians

How to Edit Pages

Anyone with Editor rights can create a new page or edit an existing page in this wiki. 

Click on the Edit button on the right to edit the page. If you do not see the Edit button, you are probably not logged in. If you need an Cloudron account to log in, please contact Joachim.

Important: This is a co-creation space, so others will be able to review and edit your content. If you see this warning: 

XYZ started editing in the last 60minutes and to be careful not to overwrite each others updates. 

Do not edit the page and come back later (or contact the person currently editing the page). Otherwise your edits might be overwritten by the person who saves it last. For those currently editing pages, please save them as soon as you are done and don't leave them open (in a draft mode).

To leave any comments on the page, just mention them as italics on the page with your initials - JS

To update the Editorial status of a page, edit the page and click on the tag button (top right , see below) and type in one of the follwoing:

Then we can search for all of them using this query [=drafted] (for drafts) - click here to see this in action -



To sort pages into a different order, go back to the book or chapter view and click on the "Sort" button on the right. This will allow you to rearrange all chapters or pages in a new order. Don't forget to save the order (Click on the Save Order button at the very bottom of the form). 


To track any revisions of your page (done by you or others), click on the "Revisions" link on the right of the page. You will see a screen like the one below, click on any entry to see what has changed on the page (text highlighted in red=removed, green=updated). If you restore a previous version, you will loose the edits between the current and the restored version. 


To add some additional highlights to pages, use the following under Formats > Callouts or Blockquotes:

Everyone is good to go.

There is some danger using this technique!

This is some more information..

This is an important message 

This is an important quote that helps to underline the text. This is an important quote that helps to underline the text. This is an important quote that helps to underline the text. This is an important quote that helps to underline the text. " -Fuller

To add structure to pages, see the dropdown in the editor called Formats and the sample below. Once you assign different headings, they will structure the content of the page and allow you to use a page navigation tool (on the left below). Don't worry about the formatting of the headers for now, we can change this for all pages in the Custom HTML Head Content section. 


For more help, please visit the BookStack help documentation

Welcome Samarians

How to Embed Media

<iframe title="Notepad" 
  style="width: 100%; height: 450px;" // use 508px for docs



Welcome Samarians

How to Structure Content

Miro Board


Welcome Samarians

How to Print Content


  1. The TOC is generated automatically by BookStack but is placed in front. Hence you need to copy and paste that content into a new page after the cover page. All links will be preserved in the process. 


  1. In the wiki, go to the full page structure at
  2. Click on Export on the right and select Contained Web File.html (this wil download an XHTML file)
  3. Open the file in Chrome
  4. Print the file and save as PDF (start with the cover page)
  5. Convert the XHTML into MOBI or ePUB or other formats at 
Welcome Samarians

Samara CSS

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table { font-size: 0.8em; width: 80% !important; background-color: #f8f8f8; }
table, td, th { border: 0px !important; padding: 10px !important; }
tr:nth-child(even) { background-color: #f2f2f2; }

.content-wrap h1, .content-wrap h2 { font-family: 'Cabin Sketch', cursive; /* use Amatic SC or Cabin Sketch */ }
.content-wrap h1 { font-size: 3.2em; margin-top: 1em !important; }
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.content-wrap h3 { font-size: 1.2em; }
.content-wrap h4 { font-size: 1.1em; }
.content-wrap h5 { font-size: 1em; }

.content-wrap a { color: #ff9900; } /* FED83D */

.CodeMirror, pre, #markdown-editor-input, .editor-toolbar, .code-base {
font-family: monospace;

@media print {
body, button, input, select, label, textarea { font-size: 0.7em; }

.page-content { column-count: 2; column-gap: 30px; column-rule: 1px solid gray; }
.cover, #bkmrk-page-title, h1 { column-span: all; page-break-after: always !important; break-before: always !important;}

h1 {margin-top: 1em !important;}
iframe { display: none; }
table { font-size: 0.6em; width: 80% !important; background-color: #f8f8f8; }
table, td, th { border: 0px !important; padding: 10px !important; }
tr:nth-child(even) { background-color: #f2f2f2; }
body { margin: 5%;}
h1[id^="chapter-"] { margin-top: 3em; font-size: 6em;}
h1[id^="page-5"] { display: none;}
p.cover img {width: 100%; object-fit: cover; column-span: all; page-break-after: always !important; break-before: always !important;}


What Has Worked so far and What we would do Differently

To be Archived for now.

Assigned: all Samara for input (
deadline Friday) + Joachim for editorial review

Irina: Reconsidering if we are ready for this chapter now. Feel that Samara needs to go through some further reflections to come with a collective assessment of what worked and what didn't.  Happy to leave this out for now. 

Roz: Agree with Irina. Would like to build a habit of Retrospectives after key milestones, in order to build a continuous learning culture. A Retrospective at the end of our first Quest (and hence at the end of producing the Chronicle) would be appropriate, and the right time to address these questions. 

Tyler: agreed ^. 

Do differently: 

Do differently: 

Do differently: 

Irina: <3

Worked:  The daily call with Rieki to build Samara foundations
Do differently: Create a clear purpose for each call

Worked:  Trios for co-creation
Do differently: Clear structure for collective calls 

Worked:  Trusting that the right people will come
Do differently: Think twice before starting a startup with strangers from around the world :)

Worked:  Creating gardens for knowledge 
Do differently: Use Discord for chat and not more

Worked:  Starting the work for Samara in winter time (no gardening activities)
Do differently: Make sure people are committed for a good amount of time before starting


Worked: Agreed minimal governance proposal. 
Do Differently: Start and establish a v1.0:
- Which anyone can propose to evolve
- With very high participation required right at the beginning
- Sociocratic principles and distributed authority training/requirements and distinctions

Worked: Open meetings and deep exploration that fostered initial human connection. 1:1 that followed to enhance this.
Do Differently: Have more 1:1's at the beginning when the open time and initial connections are forming. Have that lead into revealing purpose very early on.

Worked: Quest proposal for Hypha. 
Do Differently: Start it much sooner once clarity and definition of purpose is agreed to. 

Worked: Working in focus groups of 3 and then shifting to 4 for starting work. Growing/ taking to larger group as topic/proposal/work material evolved.
Do Differently: Schedule rare ceremonial meetings for everyone (all sub groups) in org to attend. Schedule human/process/action meetings. Breakout rooms to check in personally with max 3 people. Do this at the end of any arduous cycle and have it flexibly scheduled very early on to anchor the coming together in a clear, anticipated and meaningful way.

Joachim: <3

Worked: Define some simple ground rules, then just do it
Do differently: Don't discuss rules and make them overly complex

Worked: Put trust at the front and center of what we do (trust people & process)
Do differently: Be overly skeptical to new approaches

Worked: Free flow of conversations
Do differently: Anchor conversations early on in principles and purpose

Worked: Zoom meetings (which comes at a cost)
Do differently: The asynchronous space in-between Zoom meetings

Worked: Diverge, then converge (be inclusive, listen to all voices)
Do differently: Converge, then diverge (be rigid, remove unneeded or unnecessary voices)

Archived: Stroll in the Forest, SCARF, Hero's Journey

Walk in forest:

In fact, the very idea for this book started with a gentle stroll through a forest, a virtual forest that is.. 

(click on the image to enter the forest and contact a Samarian if you want some company!)