By Catherine Bleish

Originally on Bitcoin Magazine

When John and I were invited to speak at Libertopia this year, I was extremely excited about the prospect of visiting California again. The last time I had been that far West was February of 2011 for the Freedom Law School Conference in Ontario, California. I happened to be pregnant at the time and I also happened to beselected for the body scanner when trying to board our flight home. To make a long story short, we had to take a train back to Texas and I have not flown since.

Since we knew we would need to drive, I thought a secondUncoinventional Bitcoin-only family road trip was in order. This would allow us to see what has changed in the Bitcoin travel space since our June bitcoin-only trip, while inspiring others to get out and spend their BTC!

With these situational factors in mind (spending bitcoin only, driving, and having children with us), I knew that I would have to approach this conference differently than most people attending the event.

While the Libertopia organizers got a great rate on the Town and Country hotel for attendees, it was not a rate that we could pay via bitcoin. This is because the hotel does not accept bitcoin directly, and the special block room rate was not available through hotel booking companies like CheapAir.

Our hotel hunt led us to the Ocean Beach Hotel. It was on the beach, a short walk to the dog beach, dog friendly, and cost less than the Town and Country hotel when booking through travel companies.

Usually I am very resistant to staying at a venue that is separated from the events we are speaking at. With two toddlers in tow, it is nice to be able to “escape” to a room for a nap, snack or family play time. The truth is, I have not had much fun attending conferences with the kids and I think it is because I try too hard to have one foot in both worlds – I want to participate in the conference, so I am there physically, but I am also a mom, so I am basically walking up and down the hallway outside the conference, chasing the kiddos while John works a booth.

This time, I was determined that it would be different. I decided to use the invitation to San Diego as an opportunity to expose my children to the beach and to fully embrace the role of mom when John and I were not presenting to Libertopia attendees. We also decided not to work a booth.

The Event
On Friday neither of us had a presentation. So we showed up to check in, mingle with like minded company, and check out the Town and Country Resort. It was a great place for a conference on so many levels.

The break out rooms were small and intimate and were connected to the main room through an open outdoor courtyard. This allowed attendees walking around to randomly peek in on break-out sessions and stay for a talk they may not have experienced otherwise. Many conferences put the break-out rooms so far away that a total lack of foot traffic creates a black hole of sorts.

The extensive outdoor walkways and driveways on the property allowed for great fun for our family as we zipped around on a scooter, a bike and sometimes a stroller. The whole place was basically one large flower garden, which gave a distinct feeling of tranquility, especially in contrast to typical indoor conference venues.

Bitcoin was a major theme of the conference. I was invited tospeak on bitcoin-only travel.  I gave tips on how to get there, stay there, eat there and play there. I also suggested four bitcoin-friendly cities as potential destinations for bitcoin-only travel: New York City, Austin, San Diego and Cleveland Heights.

My favorite bitcoin-travel services also happen to be some of our sponsors:

Gyft – Gyft allows you to use Bitcoin at hundreds of popular retailers through digital gift cards. Through Gyft, now you can buy groceries at Whole Foods, electronics at Best Buy, an even book hotel rooms.

CheapAir – CheapAir allows you to buy hotels and airfare with bitcoin, litecoin and dogecoin! Follow their blog People of Bitcointo learn about some fascinating Bitcoiners.

Airbitz – The Airbitz mobile digital wallet provides a a decentralized, secure, private, synchronized, and backed up Bitcoin wallet with a built in bitcoin business directory. Download the app here.

Brawker – Purchase anything with bitcoin through a proxy onBrawker. You can also acquire bitcoin while respecting your privacy.

Other bitcoin speakers included M.K. Lords, Davi Barker, Angela Keaton, and Drew Phillips.  They discussed how bitcoin can be used as a force for good and M.K. Lords discussed how bitcoin is changing the way the world views activists.

Another recurring theme at the conference was the idea of small groups, working together with other small groups to create a voluntary society. My husband John referred to these groups as Freedom Cells, and Bob Podolski and Clyde Cleveland referred to these groups as Octalogs.

The idea is simple: you form a cadre of tight knit friends and you work together on self-improvement, life skills, preparedness, etc… Your small group links up with other small groups and eventually you have enough people to opt out of the system entirely.

John’s full speech audio on Freedom Cells, and the creative uses of the bitcon blockchain to fulfill the vision of Freedom Cells is here.

We also hosted a screening of Sovereign Living, a documentary style reality show about our family’s attempts to get off all centralized lives.  It is produced by The Center for Natural Livingwhich has the vision of a voluntary and natural world. The episodes will soon be available on WatchMyBit.com, the first ever micro-bitcoin payment video service.

Constructive Reflections
Now that bitcoin has become a mainstream meme in our society, I think it is important for events featuring bitcoin lectures, panels and talks to prioritize the payment method when selecting an event venue. I would suggest working with the venue to ensure those who travel on bitcoin have access to any deals you work out on price.

I would also suggest that all conferences include children in some way. So many people who want to change the world leave their family behind to attend these events. To truly change the world we need to make sure our children have access to the information, skills, knowledge and relationships that we did not have access to until most of us became adults.

My final suggestion is to put the vendor area outside of the main stage area. I understand the sentiment of having everyone together, but it is much easier for vendors to have conversations with people if the booths are not in the middle of a conference room where people are trying to listen. This will be an important factor when more children are worked into the mix.

Overall, Libertopia was one of the better conferences I have ever attended. I look forward to a return in 2015!

Uncoinventional Living Tour West Day 8 Podcast Seven Days in California on Bitcoin Only

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In this podcast update from the road, John and Cat recount the past 7 days they spent in California using bitcoin only. They share their story of dining on bitcoin and setting up waiters to receive bitcoin tips, the highly successful San Diego Meetup at City Tacos, the lack of bitcoin accepting restaraunts in L.A. and more.

Check out the restaraunts we ate at while in Southern California:

City Tacos – https://airbitz.co/biz/5932/city-tacos-san-diego/

Pangea Bakery Cafe – https://airbitz.co/biz/2939/pangea-bakery-cafe-san-diego/

Draft – https://airbitz.co/biz/8526/draft-san-diego/

Rossisi – https://airbitz.co/biz/5926/rossis-pizza-san-marcos/

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A Girls Day Out With CoinJar

By Tatiana Moroz

Yesterday was my last Friday in Melbourne before the next leg of the journey through Australasia, and Dean and I were joined by our CoinJar sponsor’s very own Zhoe and Melbourne photographer Pierce to document a girls day out on bitcoin in the city.  We used the CoinJar card and that made spending bitcoin all the easier.  You basically use it as a charge card anywhere that debit cards are accepted.  We used it at a pizza place and then paying for the cab, with a few more destinations planned for Monday.  It was really easy and versatile!

I really admire that Cat and John can live completely on bitcoin during their Uncoinventional tour, and have been considering doing the same (versus just showing how the tech and currency can improve our lives and is influencing business and culture).  For me, there’s still some friction there, something I can’t quite deal with in every transaction.  I am traveling internationally, on a tight budget, and honestly, it’s not as much my focus.  It’s definitely something I am trying to incorporate, but I don’t want to paint the experience as perfect.  So discussing these real life challenges serves as a great lesson.  How else will we learn what the ecosystem needs?  Those observations can illuminate opportunities for entrepreneurs to fill the voids.

While Melbourne has a TON of businesses that accept bitcoin (I used the Airbitz app to find the closest locations), the fact is that CoinJar made it possible to spend bitcoin virtually anywhere.  I can’t use the card or app in New Zealand (the US Itunes didn’t have it available yet), but they are planning to expand into the UK, where I will certainly be visiting next year.

All in all, I had a really fun day with the gang, checking out the sites.  Here are some pics of what we saw!

Got a little lost so ended up taking a taxi

Got a little lost so ended up taking a taxi

The photographer trying to get a cool shot of Zhoe and I at the start of our journey

The photographer trying to get a cool shot of Zhoe and I at the start of our journey

Paying with the CoinJar app for our vino

Paying with the CoinJar app for our vino

Stopping to smell the roses, even though my allergies are making me miserable

Stopping to smell the roses, even though my allergies are making me miserable

I thought these rules were nicely phrased, and the selective stickers placement is kinda funny

I thought these rules were nicely phrased, and the selective stickers placement is kinda funny

Prepping for the day before the pizzas arrive

Prepping for the day before the pizzas arrive

Pizza Aussie style, still tasty, but it ain't NY

Pizza Aussie style, still tasty, but it ain’t NY

Using CoinJar to pay for cabs makes getting around SO easy, why don't we have this in the US?!

Using CoinJar to pay for cabs makes getting around SO easy, why don’t we have this in the US?!

Zhoe and I attempting to get a normal looking selfie at the entrance to China Town

Zhoe and I attempting to get a normal looking selfie at the entrance to China Town

About to walk into China Town

About to walk into China Town

Cake roll thingies in the Chinese bakery window

Cake roll thingies in the Chinese bakery window

More strange pastries, I have no idea what they are like, maybe next time (too much pizza)!

More strange pastries, I have no idea what they are like, maybe next time (too much pizza)!

 

 

Uncoinventional Bitcoin Roadtrip Hosts Bitcoin MeetUp at The Crepe

For Immediate Release: Wednesday Nov 21 2014 John Bush / Catherine Bleish Johnbush512@gmail.com / cat.bleish@gmail.com 512-815-7388 A family of four on a bitcoin-only holiday road trip will host a MeetUp tonight in Las Vegas. The Blush Family is half way through their three week cross-country journey. They have spent only bitcoin on expenses such as food, gasoline and lodging. John Bush, Continue Reading →

Uncoinventional Living Tour West Day 7 Podcast John Bush Libertopia Speech Freedom Cells Mutual Aid Society

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The Day 7 Uncoinventional Living Tour West podcast features John Bush’s speech at Libertopia Festival on Freedom Cells, a peer to peer mutual aid society. In the speech, John explores four areas he believes are necessary if we are to find liberty in our lifetime.

  1. Education
  2. Creation and Promotion of Alternative Institutions
  3. Freedom Cells
  4. Diplomacy

What is a Freedom Cell?

In his speech, John offers a framework known as freedom cells which just might be a viable non-coercive non-hierarchical means of organizing society. Freedom Cells are groups of 8 to12 who form mutual aid compacts with one another, dedicating themselves to aiding and supporting their fellow inner cadre members. The cadre can collaborate to achieve common goals such as each member having at least 3 months of food and water storage, a firearm, a secure means of communication with fellow cell members, and a bug-out plan.

Middle Cadre

The 8 to 12 cell members then agitate for the creation of 8 to 12 groups of 8 to 12 so the group number is now 80 to 120. Members of this group, also knows as the middle cadre, agree to support their fellow cadre members, however their commitment to one another is not as strong as the more intimate inner cadre.

Outer Cadre

With 100 like-like minded individuals and families now on the same page, cell members can now provide real security and support for one another. Be it financial aide, neighborly support, or physical defense, a united group of 100 people is a force to be reckoned with. While the initial middle cadre is organizing itself, other groups of 8 to 12 and 80 to 120 are simultaneously being formed. When 8 to 12 middle cadre groups organize, we now have an outer cadre, which is 800 to 1200 strong. A group of around 1000 united freedom seekers should be able adequately provide aid and comfort to one another while collectively and creatively asserting their sovereignty.

Meta Cadre

Take it one step further with the organization of 8 to 12 outer cadres, and you now have a meta cadre numbering around 10,000 people. 10,000 people is a lot of people. 10,000 people can make the prospect of relative to total liberty through peaceful means very achievable. Link up with 9 other meta cadres, now boasting 100k people, and you have more than a cadre, you have a full on society. If the 100k people are ethical people and willing to stand up for one another, you will have an ethical society capable of asserting itself to the point of non-association with those individuals, groups, and institutions they deem no longer worthy of their co-participation.

Enter the Blockchain

After explaining the concept of the freedom cell, John tells how blockchain technology can augment the furtherance of this path while increasing it’s viability on a global scale. If each cadre member obtains a public address and private key, the entirety of the network can enjoy encrypted communication and coordination, a means of crowd funding mutual aid projects, as well as a means of achieving consensus using the blockchain as a voting platform.

Listen to the speech and consider the prospect of realizing true liberty in your lifetime.

Organize an inner cadre today!

Strength in Numbers Strength in Unity Strength in Truth

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ALSO RECORDED AT LIBERTOPIA AND ALREADY PUBLISHED OR COMING UP AS PART OF OUR DAILY TOUR UPDATES

Catherine Bleish on Bitcoin Travel and the Uncoinventional Living Tour

Paul Puey interview on AirBitz, a secure wallet and business directory in one slick package

Paige Peterson interview on Project MaidSafe, an effort to create a decentralized file storage protocol and parallel internet.

Robert Podolsky interview on the Titania Society, groups of eight, and ethics for a better tomorrow.

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Greetings from Down Under!

Hi everyone,  This is Tatiana Moroz, a single gal from NJ, and I am doing my own Uncoinventional style tour with a twist.  I’m traveling the world as a singer-songwriter from NJ who loves bitcoin, (I even wrote a song about it!).  My video series will show how Bitcoin is used in people’s lives, with a focus on travel, culture, music, art, and innovation.   I feel this technology is the game changing tool to liberate the masses, and makes it possible to offer real help to the unbanked all over the world.  They now have a chance to grow businesses, become empowered through entrepreneurship, and achieve freedom more easily than ever before.   It’s also a great way to withdraw support for the war machine, by taking back the money they use to feed it!

Bitcoin can help us all work toward a goal of world peace, and can melt those divisive lines that keep us from realizing how we are all really on the same side, and I set out to show people just how easy and fun using bitcoin can be!

If you want to hear more of my music, go to www.TatianaMoroz.com.   I can’t wait to share this amazing journey with you.  For a start, here are some pictures from the past couple weeks ;)

 

Store Review: Whole Foods Venice, California

This is a very unique Whole Foods. There is an obvious issue with Homeless folks loitering. There is a 2 hour limit at the eating tables, the whells on the carts lock at the edge of the perimenter. Overall, the inside is like your typical Whole Foods, except a few obvious loitering detractions (microwave for customers only sign, no self Continue Reading →

Uncoinventional Los Angeles, Bitcoin in the City of Angels

For Immediate Release Wednesday Nov 19th 2014 John Bush / Catherine Bleish or Melissa Yee Johnbush512@gmail.com / cat.bleish@gmail.com or melissa@gem.co 512-815-7388 A family of four on a bitcoin-only holiday road trip will host a MeetUp tonight in Los Angeles. The Blush Family is half way through their three week cross-country journey. They have spent only bitcoin will on expenses such Continue Reading →

Restaurant Review: Ortegas in Albuquerque

Ortegas is the only restaurant in Albuquerque that accepts bitcoin, as far as we know. Their business is listed on the Airbitz directory. We called ahead to let them know we were coming. Their authentic Mexican quizine was delicious. I ordered a vegetarian taco salad, John ordered the mixed meat fajitas, Bill ordered scrambled eggs and avacado, and Aliana ordered Continue Reading →

Uncoinventional Living Tour West Day 6 Podcast Catherine Bleish Speech on Bitcoin Travel

Audio

Podcast by John Bush

Originally on Let’s Talk Bitcoin

On this sixth day of the Uncoinventional Living Tour West, Catherine Bleish delivers a speech at the Libertopia Conference in San Deigo, CA on Bitcoin Travel. She covers the ins and outs of using bitcoin to get there, stay there, eat, and play.

ALSO RECORDED AT LIBERTOPIA AND COMING UP AS PART OF OUR DAILY TOUR UPDATES:

John Bush speech on Freedom Cells, a decentrlaized mututal aid society enhanced with blockchain technology.

Paul Puey interview on AirBitz, a secure wallet and business directory in one slick package

Paige Peterson interview on Project MaidSafe, an effort to create a decentralized file storage protocol and parallel internet.

Robert Podolsky interview on the Titania Society, groups of eight, and ethics for a better tomorrow.

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Learn more here: http://uncoinventional.com/

Follow our live blog here:http://uncoinventional.com/2014/11/west-coast-tour-live-blog/

Check out the itinerary here:http://uncoinventional.com/2014/11/west-coast-tour-live-blog/

Donate to our journey here: http://uncoinventional.com/donate/

SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS!

Gyft.com/bitcoin – Purchase gift cards online with bitcoin!

CheapAir.com – Use bitcoin to book hotels

AirBitz – Bitcoin business directory and wallet

Amagi Metals – Buy precious metals with bitcoin!

DONATE

BTC: 1HJ3WRuEEapWgEFNTDCxpTxzWoJCZ8YZQc

LTC: Ld35jZQhkJrpRPKtnfRw1r37KuazzgAiQS

DOGE: DLpxS6j6DA38kZzkGAUNtR6tCtCHckaW7k

NXT: NXT-9VGC-DBUT-NDJP-2A6DP

LTBC: 1HbAwvkKyD6vbZbgCUqikRLhoL4rQkBmxR

PayPal: donttreadoncat@gmail.com