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With each other: how? November 30, 2007

Posted by josienkapma in cp2portugal07, Ongoing activities.
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Bev’s post about ongoing learning inspired me to also check in with fellow Dialogue people.

A reaction to Bev’s suggestion for ongoing learning:

Great idea, a whole host of things to learn: I’m all for it. I agree that the legitimacy to the rest of the communities can be arranged, especially for some more ‘logical’ combinations. There seem to be quite a few cross-linkages anyway.

As to where should conversations take place? Good question to which I have no answer. I find this blog good for publishing, but not so good for dialoguing. (But I wasn’ t a real fan of the wiki we used either).

Anyone object to Facebook?

I did a quick check and most of us are in the CP2 dialogue Facebook group, but 6 are still missing (Joao, Marc, Patricia, Bill, Martin and Maarten: If you read this have a look here at the group).

I personally like facebook for:

  • -not another extra space and log-in (for many of us)
  • -semi-public: within the group is members-only, on the front page things are public
  • -rather user friendly: with the profiles and embed-options
  • -free, easy access

I don’t like about facebook:

  • -the ‘group’ facilities do not work particularly well. I never ‘follow’ what is going on. Is it possible to get updates?
  • -some people just do not like to be part of large public social networks.

A simple alternative which could work very well is a Google group. Reactions?

A question,

to our own group and more in general: How to get peoples’ attention? All of us are busy, and increasingly, our focus and presence are scattered. E.g. CP2 webcrossing seems to loose its role as a central hang-out. Consequently, it takes more energy (read: persons’ time and dedication) to convene any number of people. for anything. What is the best way to get the focus of a group, for our group? How to compensate the convener/s for all this work?

Making our OWN projects central surely helps, but as we work in different projects it will never work for the group as a whole. During the dialogue, the sponsors’ money and the f2f-part helped. In the Foundations Course, having paid a fee helps. It seems that either paying or rewarding money does help people to get clear on their priorities. Can we think of a distributed project that we could jointly work on? Thoughts?