Re: DSM: KINDNESS


Samuel Atwood (wierdo@sudval.org)
Wed, 16 Dec 1998 23:58:32 -0500


Niffty! Sign me up! (I hope it's not to late.)

Andrew Smallman wrote:

> Seasons Greetings!
>
> You are receiving this message because I thought you *might* just be
> interested in hearing more about KINDNESS. If you are upset about
> receiving another message in your inbox, please accept my apology and
> delete this one now.
>
> Since you've started to read this paragraph it must be true. You ARE
> interested in kindness. Well, are you interested in participating in an
> online, email-based discussion set up to promote the concept of kindness
> and increase the number of kindness acts taking place in the world?? If
> so, hooray!
>
> Two years ago we at the Puget Sound Community School ( a small,
> alternative school for middle & high schoolers in the Seattle area --
> http://www.pscs.org) created an online class on the subject of kindness.
> Since then, we have offered the class each subsequent quarter. The class
> is open to ANYONE in the world with an email address. And this quarter,
> rather than request a donation or require a course fee, we want to see how
> many people will participate if we offer the class for FREE.
>
> Consider it the first act of kindness for those of you who choose to join.
>
> How it works is like this. On Sunday or Monday each week for 11 weeks,
> the "facilitator" (moderator might be a better word) will post, via the
> class email distribution list, that week's "assignment". Participants
> will be asked to complete the assignment and report back to the rest of
> the class, via the distribution list, what they have done. The hope is
> some pretty exciting dialogue will get started as participants perform,
> write, and read about acts of kindness.
>
> You may be asking, how can someone "assign" a kindness act? Well, in
> truth, the assignment is more of a theme designed to keep everyone
> involved doing something similar, like "perform an act of kindness for a
> child". We've found that the theme allows us to stay more focused and
> cohesive, and helps bond the participants into a community. To be honest,
> it's pretty darn cool when it's working well.
>
> You may be interested but feel that it's too much to ask you to perform an
> act of kindness each week and then write about it. Okay, we have a level
> of participation for you. You can be a "lurker". Sound spooky? Not
> really. A lurker is someone who wants to receive the assignments and read
> all the great stories taking place without having to chime in. Just let
> me know that's what you want to do, okay?
>
> So who's ready to sign up? Great! Just respond to this message, no later
> than January 3rd please (the quarter begins January 4th), and I'll add
> your name and email address to the class roster.
>
> I look forward to hearing from you! And, oh, please feel free to forward
> this message on to as many people as you think might be interested. Let's
> fill the Internet with KINDNESS.
>
> With the warmest of regards,
>
> ---Andy
>
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> Andrew Smallman, Director
> Puget Sound Community School - http://www.pscs.org
> andy@pscs.org - http://www.pscs.org/~andy/
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