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Gearing Up!
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Lights, Camera, Action!
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Ruuuuuunnnn Claarrke! Run!
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Welcome to World Tree Circle, an Open Source Project

Gearing Up!

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Since we began this endeavor in 2013 we have made progress in leaps and bounds.  Despite being a team of 2 on and off.  2014 was full of “leaps” for World Tree Circle.  We teamed up with Western Carolina University’s Business College.  We have been able to interact with up-and-coming individuals in their field, helping us to gain new perspectives.  We now have the foundation for the actual community site.  As well as having built a fast growing group of followers on 3 different social media sites – most, if not all, of which are not duplicated from those 3 communities!western carolina univ logo

So it is with great pleasure we can announce that in this new year, we will continue to make great advances.  We will be teaming with WCU again this semester and will be assigned two teams.  One for the fundraising (most likely IndieGoGo or Kickstarter) and the other to focus entirely on the development of the site where our last student team left off.  This is extremely exciting.  I for one have very high hopes for this semester’s students.  We learned a lot from our last joint effort and will be able to improve on much this semester.

Also, along with defining exactly how much money we need to build World Tree Circle and fund the run, we are working on getting the run mapped out and deciding on the schedule for stops to meet new people along the way.  Our tentative date to head out from Highlands, NC, is June 14th.  We will have to keep up a pretty vigorous pace, but the goal is to be back in Franklin, NC, on August 10, 2015.  That will give our kiddos some time to unwind and get ready for the upcoming school year to start.  Considering all the places they will see, the new people they will have met, and the amazing things those people will have shared – we will all need at least that much time to sort of assimilate all we have experienced.

communicating across culturesWe will be doing intensive research on functions and places steeped in the cultures we have picked for this trip.  We want to get the best examples we can find here in the States.  If you know of something, or someone, we should be sure not to miss, please let us know.  Send us a quick note or email at info@worldtreecircle.com.

Here’s to Great things in the New Year!

 

Lights, Camera, Action!

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In preparation for a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for the run next summer, as well as the other expenses of building a site like this, we have decided to put together some short videos on YouTube.  Some are pretty rough and some aren’t bad, or at least won’t be after some more advanced editing.  The idea is to make World Tree Circle’s goals and plans as transparent as possible while showing that we’re your average family.  No special skills, tricks or great funds – just a really great idea that we are passionate about making a reality to benefit all of us so we’re doing all we can to make it happen.

Check us out on YouTube:

Ruuuuuunnnn Claarrke! Run!

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Okay, Okay, I agree.  That quote, “Run Forest! Run!”  or variations thereof, have been used just a bit too much.  But we still chuckle, and it is actually kinda relevant in our case.  Recently, while on his daily run, Clarke got the idea to pull a Gump wearing a World Tree Circle T-shirt to promote WTC.  He got the inspiration from Forest Gump himself.  He was running for no reason, other than he enjoyed it.  That reason alone was good enough for Clarke.  After going on a run with a good friend who is passionate about running himself, Clarke found he loved to run.  What better than to combine two passions – WTC and running?  All that was left was to plan how and when.

After some initial thought and planning he brought it up to the kiddos and I that evening.  Though we are totally behind him, it was a real challenge for the kids, and me.  He is a stay at home dad, and the kids DO NOT want him to be gone that long.  Did you know that Forest ran for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days and 16 hours?   I can’t say I was real stoked at the idea of having him away from home for months, or years, either.  While moving back and forth from Ohio we didn’t make it more than a month before our begging him to come home had him moving ahead of schedule to be with us.  How would we get through the separation?  That was our selfishness speaking.  We all want this to be a success and this is something that Clarke enjoys and really wanted to do.  Plus, it is a great way to get the word out.  So, the decision was made.

Clarke figures after a bit of training, that he will be able to run 5 miles an hour for 8 hours a day.  From where we are in North Carolina to the West coast, then back past our home in the mountains to reach the East coast (and back to the house) is a bit over 6,000 miles.  That is about 150-some-odd days!  The more research he did the obvious is became that if he didn’t want to disappoint the kids by being away that long he was going to need to alter the plans a bit.  Instead of going cross country, which had less to do with World Tree Circle, he would have to find an alternative if we were going to make this run idea a success on every level.  That led to the idea of running in sections.  Each summer working from a new starting point.

Then, while telling another good friend of his about the idea and how he was working out the logistics of it, his friend suggested he run to different locations within the United States that represented the different countries around the world.  That sounded more feasible.  Less international flights – and more time with the family while the kids were home on vacation.  He could even run in warmer climates during the school year and not miss out on as much.

So that’s the plan.  We are going to get him T-shirts made with the WTC logo on it and he’s going to run to different places around the United States that represent the different countries around the world. We will keep everyone up to date on when and where he will be running.  In case anyone wants to join him or just follow along from home.  We hope to raise enough money to get enough T-Shirts to pass them out along the way as well as keep him fed and hydrated, lol.

If you have any great ideas on how to help Clarke with the planning or preparation, please comment below.  OR, if you have suggestions on where he should go in order to get “all around the world” put that in those comments below as well.  You can also email us at worldtreecircle@frontier.com or message us on Facebook at facebook.com/worldtreecircle if you prefer.

 

Welcome to World Tree Circle, an Open Source Project

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Thank you for coming!  This video is meant as a brief explanation of where we come from and some of the things we hope to achieve.  This site is set up to open source WTC and create a place where people can share what they want to share, how they want to share it.

You could help us out by passing along this information to anyone you feel may have an interest.

We are actively working on the release of a social networking site based on international communication.

We will be posting ideas and interesting related articles and information so as to act  the Muse for the creation of WTC.

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