Community is Essential

Eugene Frank
Posted December 18, 2007 from United States

It is clear that human beings need companionship. PulseWire was started to make sure women have friends and support online. I begin to feel encouraged and supported when taking part of the discussions we have on this project. That is just our nature. We feel empowered by others with whom we share.

It follows that those who make an effort to interact with others in the PulseWire project are helping to develop community.

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Goldie Davich
Dec 18, 2007
Dec 18, 2007

PulseWire is a special place :-) Goldie Davich, PulseWire Online Intern

Eugene Frank
Dec 19, 2007
Dec 19, 2007

I think it is important to have a sense of community in an organization like PulseWire. Community implies support. It implies interaction. It is more than a collection of people. The PulseWire is a community with a mission. I believe all of these characteristics have to be developed.

Developed by interaction between the members. It has to be built, it will not just happen spontaneously. Members have to take an active part in interacting.

Maria Jett
Dec 19, 2007
Dec 19, 2007

It's a process that does require activity, interactivity, support and patience, I'm finding. Community-wide collaboration is a learning curve for sure, but well worth the effort for what it brings to empowerment, don't you think? Thank you so much for your continued engagement and support during these vital early stages, Gene! I look forward to hearing your ideas for community-building in the PulseWire setting.

Maria Jett, Online Community Director

Eugene Frank
Dec 19, 2007
Dec 19, 2007

Great to hear from you, Maria. Thanks for your encouragement. The world needs communities like PulseWire and is worth the effort.

The appearance of more friends in this group is encouraging. Soemhow I would like to see more details about all of you.

I just re-read the PulseWire introductory material on culture. I have to do more work on this. I have to read more carefully what our members are writing about to get a feel for what their interests are.

I think it takes special people to develop this group in its early stages. It wiil be worth the effort, I am sure.

Elaine Phillips
Dec 20, 2007
Dec 20, 2007

Hi Gene and all, Thanks for your thoughts. I don't know exactly how this sort of site works, but I am hoping to learn more about social networking by participating. I appreciate your sending your thoughts. I work for a domestic violence advocacy center, Womenspace, in Eugene, Oregon, USA as a fundraiser. As well as supportive intervention, we are working for community change such that all people are treated with respect and equity.

I have also been getting involved and educating myself on social justice and environmental issues. My favorite resource are the Bioneers. I've been to two of their annual conferences and been SO inspired! If you are interested, here's the link: http://www.bioneers.org/

I am a mom of 3 adult kids, my oldest, 25, is a soldier in Iraq. As you might imagine, I have lots of conflicting emotions about this.. I also have 2 daughters, one is a bicycle mechanic, 24 and one is an art student, 20. Elaine

Eugene Frank
Dec 21, 2007
Dec 21, 2007

Hi Elaine, I didn't know where to post this welcome, but I am happy to have you in this group of people who get it.

Today I clarified something for myself, the post is located in the Web 2.0 group. I have received the book "Wikinomics" from Amazon.com and want to soon have the time to read it.

I also like art. I particularly like the decorative arts. I recall seeing in an art museum a room with light blue walls with vintage tables. On the tables were many decorative items such as pottery and glass human figures.

Eugene Frank
Dec 20, 2007
Dec 20, 2007

My sister Judith is quite interested in the environment. As she was weeding her garden the the other day, she saw a large bee sleeping on the petals of a flower. She waited until the bee flew away because she didn't want to disturb it. She lives alone and has a cat. They have established a close relationship. I can understand that. These animals can definitely communicate with human beings.

One can only admire out soldiers who have gone to Iraq. You probably get a better idea of what is going on there than the political stories we hear all the time.