2009.10.27 07:00 - PaB Working Group meeting

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    Piet/Pema proposed the following agenda:


    1) Weekly Guardian Meetings

       Suggestion: make the Weekly Guardian Meetings closed to
       non-guardians.  Do we recommend that to the PaB group?

    2) Guardian Name Tags

       We discuss the suggestion to ask guardians to wear a "PaB Host"
       name tag during PaB sessions.  This in order to make it clear to
       newcomers who to associate with PaB.   NOTE: this still does not
       solve the question of publishing the chat logs on the web, where
       non-guardians may appear to speak as representing PaB; perhaps
       the PaB listener/auto-recorder can identify who's host and who
       isn't, in some way?

    3) New Guardian Candidates

       Discuss some new candidates

    4) Retreat update

       Mark talked with Arabella; brief update of where we stand

    5) Coordination Responsibilities

       On page   http://playasbeing.wik.is/PaB_Working_Group  we
       have started to list our individual areas of responsibility;
       Saki wrote a new draft, after she and Storm and I spent a few
       hours in front of a blackboard in Princeton, while Saki took notes.

    6) Coordinator as Role Name

       The six WG members play a role as coordinators, yet they also
       delegate some of their responsibilities to other coordinators
       outside the group; would it be more clear if the WG members
       would be given another role name, different from "coordinator"?

    7) A Chair for the WG?

       Do we want a rotating role of chair for the Working Group; the
       name could be "chair" or "WG coordinator" or "sweeper" (Storm's
       suggestion) or whatever to indicate that this person's responsibility
       is "the buck stops here", checking regularly whether the decisions
       made in the WG are actually followed up, and where not, gently
       the other WG members reminding them to follow up :).  This role
       may or may not be different from the agenda maker and moderator
       for weekly WG meetings; it probably should be for half a year or so,
       to give sufficient time to get deep enough into the organization to
       be able to play that role.

    8) Mentor System for New Guardians and New Guardian Roles

       The idea has been put forward to instate a mentor system for new
       guardians, in two versions: one for those who become a general PaB
       guardian for the first time, and one for guardians who take on a
       weekly session for the first time.

    9) Introductory PaB sessions

       Storm and Patty Barnes, from Spirit of the Senses, came up with
       the suggestion to organize special introductory PaB sessions, once
       a month or so.

    10) Outreach: Community Gateway

       We may want to consider offering PaB as one of the groups that
       newbies can turn to during their initial orientation.

    11) Stephanie's Web

       Stephanie's task has been growing, as a spider in an ever expanding
       web.  If there is time, this week, or later, it would be nice to hear
       from Stephanie to what extent she has been able to acquire a tree
       of (sub)coordinators and others focusing on specific tasks, and whether
       she will need additional help.

    12) Unrecorded Guardian Meetings

       Pila suggested introducing unrecorded guardian meetings;
       there are clearly many options, as has been mentioned at
       several occasions, such as:
       -- SL retreat sessions of several-hours or even longer
       -- spontaneous groups of guardians setting up their own meetings
       -- organizing specific officially non-recorded guardian meetings
       and in addition we can also suggest setting up a mentor system,
       to give guardians the opportunity to talk about their experiences.

    13) PaB Village

       Are there any suggestions for new events and/or structures in the
       PaB Village, perhaps in relation to retreats?

    14) RL Retreats in 2010

       We have four retreats proposed for 2010, in Malta, California,
       Hawaii or Nova Scotia, and Germany, in that order.  Are we happy
       with those four, or do we want to suggest possible alternatives?
       And which place to pick for the summer?

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