A phoneless life
The first year of building Preseed, I didn’t even have a phone.
Why did I quit using the phone?
This video capures some of the reasons among other reasons.
Anyway, the initial truth is that I did not have enough money to even afford a phone or it’s monthly bill. I didn’t know that was going to lead me to an extraordinary experience of realising the down side of having a phone to tune into all the time.
It was a blessing in disguise for it allowed me to not be traceable or reachable. This meant that I could continue to float in my thought and my thoughtlessness alike for long periods of time, sometimes days, without uttering a word to anyone. It definitely brought me closer to silence.
How did I then manage to lay the foundation of Preseed? Did I not have to co ordinate with my team members?
Well, that is exactly why I created a job profile within Preseed called ‘co ordinator’ this was going to be my key person, a person who was going to ensure that I was co ordinated well inspite of me not having a phone. Well that meant, that I was going to have to write a strong set of communication protocols that suited me and largely the liberated culture I was going to set up for it to be my own manifestation. It is that set of protocols that now enables us to run a counter cultured company, not dependant on moneis for over exaggerated objects like money itself, and an office space or any one particular space. Just like I could be anywhere and still deliver on my tasks, so can anyone at Preseed, if they follow our set of Protocols well.
That is why the co ordinator at Preseed is a very important person at Preseed. This is the person who keeps our acts co ordinated, or else we may get too scattered and lost. The first person to take up this responsibility was my very dear friend Shivani. She helped me in surviving through this early cashless phase of building Preseed. Soon after, a great volunteer joined in to replace Shivani at this role, and little did I know that this guy was going to be an incredibly good fit for my vision of ‘the co ordinator at Preseed’.
The greatest advantage of being able to give up the last gadget, a phone, that I had remaining was that it made my need for earning some kind of a monthly compensation for my work go 0. Now all I was left with was my voice. However, soon after I got an old laptop from my grand mother that I am truly thankful to her for. Infact 1 year forth, I was sent 5 laptops from a gentleman who had never even met me. He had only heard my voice and read my words. His name is Florian Menevis and I consider him a part of my journey forward.