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January 24th, 2005


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08:55 am - Some good news
Well, ADF is obviously doing something right.

We just topped 900 members. We've been growing quite a bit since June/July, I think. Or thereabouts.

Here's hoping that we'll be able to bring them the quality services and training they're looking for.
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From:weya
Date:January 24th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
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I like the idea of the mentoring program being more ... I dunno, more people having one I guess.

Another idea that might be cool would be DP-Buddies. Pair people up with someone else. People always seem to stick with things longer if they have a buddy system in place to help support, nurture, peer pressure to keep going, two heads are better than one, etc.

In this way, you could have someone mentor a pair of people (twofer!). The buddies could bounce ideas & questions between themselves and if neither of them have the answer they can turn to the mentor (or the lists) for help.

I could see this being especially helpful for solitairies or people without a nearby DP study group.
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From:chirael
Date:January 27th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
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You can create something like this by creating a page called DedicantBuddies in the Wiki and then inviting people who want to pair up to list themselves on the page, and people who want to pair with those listed, to put their names next to someone.
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From:weya
Date:January 28th, 2005 12:31 am (UTC)
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If I was willing or able to devote the effort yeah. Okay that sounds bad.

I have a habit of taking on too much and then getting burnt out on everything. I have a disabled son, which requires alot of advocacy, therapy, and just plain extensive parenting work. Then there's the support and advocacy volunteering I do for children & families with his disability. I have trouble even making grove functions given family committments (I can't begin to even explain the sheer commitment & effort parenting my child requires -- down to I can't just hire a babysitter off the street for him, nor can I just bring him with me somewhere & expect to participate beyond being bodily present). I've been a member of ADF for almost a year and grove members I talk to online still aren't sure which person I am -- I am that spotty with attendance & not for lack of trying. Anyways I digress.

I guess I was suggesting something officially organized that I and other dedicants could participate in. But I wasn't volunteering to take on organizing it.
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From:chirael
Date:January 28th, 2005 08:08 am (UTC)
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If I was willing or able to devote the effort yeah... Okay that sounds bad.

No, that sounds fine, actually. You've got your hands full and you know it, and you're wise enough to be careful about taking anything else on. Your family is lucky to have you!

I guess I was suggesting something officially organized that I and other dedicants could participate in.

Well, I don't know how organized this needs to be; IMO the Dedicants can self-organize this, since it's just willing people partnering with other willing people. I'll create a Wiki page and see if that helps, but it might not be necessary; it might be better if people just post to the Dedicants list when they're looking for a buddy.

This is the sort of thing that is hard to find the "sweet spot" in terms of the right amount of structure; it's easy to under-structure it so that nothing comes of it, or over-structure it so it dies from micro-management. I can see why you wanted to keep your hands off of managing it, and hopefully you can see why I wanted to keep mine off too :)
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From:weya
Date:January 28th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
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Yes I can understand the balancing act needed in something like this. Well I was gonna say maybe asking on the dedicants email group to see if people liked the idea .... but you did that already. :-) Thanks.

Oh and thanks for understanding. Not everyone does -- which is probably why I came off sorta defensive.

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