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Connecting Network Weavers with Tutor/Mentor Connection

Posted to: Network Weavers by Steve Habib Rose (14), Sun, 09 Sep 2007 10:12:00 PDT
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By Mark Grimes (222), Mon, 02 Jun 2008 08:53:01 PDT
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>>working with youth in your own community, or with issues of social justice, poverty, workforce diversity, etc., I encourage you to introduce yourself here and see if we can get some idea sharing going.<<

Hey Dan, the conference looks like it was great, congrats.

I've done 8 presentation/workshops in Portland High Schools on microfinance over the last two months and have found the students very excited by the whole idea. One student was so excited he may even be doing some microfinance presentations himself to other local area businesses this summer.

By Dan Bassill (13), Wed, 04 Jun 2008 08:54:25 PDT
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Mark, that sounds great. I was at the National Conference for Volunteerism and Community Service yesterday and two of the speakers were former President Jimmy Carter and his wife. They prsented an award recognizing an oustanding partnership of a university, students and community and it went to a group at Portland State University, who is doing work with environmental and water projects. It was very impressive.

I mention this because there is a mentoring project also at Portland State. Here's a link to an announcment they posted on the T/MC site: http://www.tutormentorconnection .org/TMLearningNetwork/Articles/ tabid/645/articleType/ArticleVie w/articleId/324/2008-Summer-Inst itute-on-Youth-Mentoring.aspx

I encourage you to introduce yourself to Thomas Keller, Portland State University (Institute Director), and see if you can't get his department and students involved in helping you and others in the Portland area expand the range of mentoring activities you offer, with a goal of helping more youth stay in school and be prepared for careers as a result.

By Dan Bassill (13), Mon, 09 Jun 2008 15:24:00 PDT
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Last year just before he passed away Steve had started to introduce people he was meeting to me and the Tutor/Mentor Connection. I just had an hour-long phone conversation with a woman in Seattle who is starting a tutor/mentor programs. Steve had given her my name and phone number and she finally called me yesterday.

Thanks Steve. Your spirt of networking is living on.

I hosted a conference in Chicago on May 29 and 30 and we've created a few maps to illustrate who attended, and how we're connecting people from different parts of Chicago with each other and with others from different states. You can see these at http://mappingforjustice.blogspo

By Mark Grimes (222), Mon, 09 Jun 2008 15:34:19 PDT
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Thanks Dan, I'll contact Thomas Keller...and very nice thoughts about Steve's spirit of networking still living on. So true.

By Dan Bassill (13), Wed, 11 Jun 2008 13:26:10 PDT
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I attended a networking event in Chicago last night and met Jean Russell for the first time. Mike Miranda was also there. Omidyar was where we first met. We've continued to stay conneced via Ned. This process of network building takes a long time.

By Dan Bassill (13), Sat, 28 Feb 2009 13:42:11 PST
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I continue to work in various forums to weave networks with people who share common interest in helping kids via volunteering, tutoring, mentoring and technology but have spent more time in other forums lately such as

I host a group at http://tutormentorconnection.nin where some people are gathering, including a small group that operate youth organizations in Africa. Some of you might want to connect with some of those.

I see that new people introduce themselves here each week but I'm not sure what has been happening to connect networks.

Does anyone have success stories to share?

By Mark Grimes (222), Mon, 02 Mar 2009 10:31:25 PST
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I've seen some recent success in connecting people and ideas using Twitter. A decentralized global fundraising effort that raised $250,000 for charity|water in a few days.

Trying to figure out the best ways to go about connecting networks to the greatest advantage and outcome. Ideas?

By Dan Bassill (13), Wed, 04 Mar 2009 19:32:47 PST
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How much time per day do you spend on Twitter? I've not used it because I don't want to get hook. I already sacrifice other work that needs to be done for the time I spend networking on-line. Unless I really saw this as an advantage and a real return on time invested, it's one path I'm not taking.

By Dan Bassill (13), Fri, 16 Oct 2009 06:36:58 PDT
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As a result of my time on Twitter, Valdas Krebs and Jean Russell, who I met through Omidyar, and Ned, will be speaking at the November 19 and 20 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago.

See http://www.tutormentorconference .org

This illustrates how network building leads to growing interactions of people who get connected to each other via introductions from one or another people in the group.

If you're in the area, I hope you'll attend. If you know others working with kids, in workforce development, in businesses and philanthropy, please encourage them to join in.

By Dan Bassill (13), Sat, 31 Oct 2009 12:00:05 PST
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Steve Habib Rose said:

To begin with, I want to see if Daniel, David, I, and any other interested folks are on the same page about the purpose and scope of this project.

It is my understanding that the purpose of the project is to do one or more of the following:

  1. Identify potential volunteer tutor/mentors, do outreach to them, and connect them with appropriate organizations in their cities.
  2. To identify organizations that operate in the Tutoring/Mentoring sphere that are not yet "plugged in" to the Tutor/Mentor Connection, to make them aware of that resource, and facilitate connection both with the Tutor/Mentor Connection, and with other related organizations that may be able to support their work.

In other words, it seems like there are (at least) two main potential "targets" for our network weaving -- 1. Individuals to Organizations, and 2. Organizations to Organizations.

What are your thoughts on this?

Steve passed away before we could really build a network of people on Ned who shared this goal. However, I've continued to build tools such as an interactive tutor/mentor program locator at http://www.tutormentorprogramloc, that are intended to connect volunteers and donors with inner city kids, via structured tutor/mentor programs.

I point to information about why this is important via links on the Tutor/Mentor Library, such as http://www.tutormentorconnection .org/LinksLearningNetwork/LinksL ibrary/tabid/560/rrcid/17/rrepp/ 20/language/en-US/Default.aspx

If these issues are present in your own community, then the strategies we outline might be useful to you and leaders in your communmity. Getting more people to look at this information, and to add it to their own efforts, is one of the reasons we started this network weavers forum.

By Dan Bassill (13), Fri, 13 Nov 2009 08:39:38 PST
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Here's an article written today by Valdis Krebs that shows how contacts started at continue to grow over time. /2009/11/you-may-find-yourself-e mbedded-in-large.html

By Nicholas Bentley (27), Fri, 13 Nov 2009 10:09:10 PST
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Dan Bassill said:

Here's an article written today by Valdis Krebs that shows how contacts started at continue to grow over time. /2009/11/you-may-find-yourself-e mbedded-in-large.html

Thanks for pointing this out Dan. I found it intriguing. It would be nice to have the tools to see these networks developing.

By Dan Bassill (13), Sat, 14 Nov 2009 06:58:15 PST
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Follow the discussions and work being done in the Groups at http://tutormentorconnection.nin and you can see what progress we make on this and other network building roles.

Volunteers and interns are helping do this work because our network building has yet to attract enough financial investors interested in our goals, or our process. Thus, progress is a bit slower than we'd like, or than the urgency of helping kids, demands.

By Dan Bassill (13), Thu, 03 Dec 2009 17:30:33 PST
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This is the presentation Valdis Krebs and Jean Russell did at the Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago. http://www.tutormentorexchange.n et/images/PDF/thrivablenetworks. pdf

It shows how their presentation at the conference resulted from connections that started on several years ago.

By Dan Bassill (13), Wed, 03 Feb 2010 10:30:29 PST
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For those interested in following the progress of network-weaving that started on Omidyar, then here, several years ago, visit http://tutormentorconnection.nin htutormentorconnection

We've been given software for social network analysis and now are beginning to figure out how to use it and apply it to our work.

By Dan Bassill (13), Sun, 16 May 2010 05:33:14 PDT
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Here's another example of network weaving in action. I connected with Charles Cameron ( /ccameron )on the Social Edge forum at least four or five years ago. We've never met, but have built a respect-based relationship, based on the ideas we've shared in that forum.

As a result of this long-term virtual interaction, Charles will be a speaker at the May 27 and 28 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago. http://www.tutormentorconference .org

If you're in the area, I encourage you to attend Charle's workshop where his topic is: Tutor-Mentor, SocialEdge and the internet -- a Vision

By Dan Bassill (13), Tue, 22 Jun 2010 11:28:03 PDT
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Charles Cameron is hosting a discussion on Social Edge, starting today, as a follow up from his participation in the May Tutor/Mentor Conference. sions/business-models/maps-and-w hats-possible

By Dan Bassill (13), Fri, 25 Jun 2010 12:16:20 PDT
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Glad to see folks Dave and Mark come over to the Social Edge discussion from Ned. It seems to me that if the groups working in Africa, can sort into what sort of work they are doing, e.g. health, environment, commerce, water, education, etc., each category could be plotted as a layer of information on a map, and then sorted by country, city, or even smaller areas.

If the people in the different areas are talking to each other, they can share ideas, and find ways to help each other overcome obstacles none can overcome by themselves.

If this gathers international attention, then it could attract volunteers, partners and donors from around the world to the individual organizations shown on the maps.

David Bale's list of NGOs serving different countries would certainly be a useful resource for such an effort.

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