The New Volunteerism Project
Ivan Henry Scheier
A Network Initiation
|The page #'s refer
to the pages of the "New Volunteerism Project: The Ivan Scheier Archival
Five bound volumes placed in the Reference collection of the
Dayton Memorial Library at Regis University
|Table of Contents||Page #|
|Serious Networking Within the Group ©||35-41|
|** Guided Conversation ©||42-43|
|MixN Match ©||44-46|
|? Connections ©||47-48|
|(The Circle) @||49a-49b|
|** The Participation Poster ©||50-52|
|(? Learning Exchange) @||52|
|** The Glad Gift Game ©||53-56|
|(** Walkabout Exchange) @||56a|
|** The Support Circle ©||57-59|
|? Guess Who @||60-62|
|The Trade-Up Game @||63-64|
|Better Togethers or Toolpools @||65-66|
|The Bridge: A Guide for Networkers@|
1 Brackets indicate a variation of preceding method, though distinct and might be equally significant.
2 Asterisks indicate the method is considered ready to use:
blank means not ready; and
? means maybe in-between, Im uncertain.
@ -- permission for use-with-acknowledgment
Introductory Notes on the Network Initiation Collection
Interest in networking was high, as I recall, from about the mid-1970's to the mid-1980's. I certainly bought into that trend, developing and field testing 12-14 distinct networking methods or variations during that period. (See listing later in this introduction). Thats more than in any other subject area for me, as youll note on comparing this with other packets in the collection.
A reflection on why this was so can begin with the definition of networking I used: "A network is an ongoing, sharing connection in which all participants benefit (including, where relevant, the group as a whole)." Indeed, to me, networking was a kind of "horizontal volunteering" in which participants were both volunteers and clients, and usually interacted more informally than in agency volunteer programs, screening, job descriptions, training and all. The attraction, in sum, was one way of relaxing what seemed to me our fields over-concentration on structured organized vertically-oriented volunteering, e.g. designated helpers (volunteers) helping designated helpees (clients, patients, etc.). This was, not incidentally, a effort to get volunteerism out of the box Id helped to put it, starting in the late 1960's.
There are two packets on networking: 1) The MINIMAX Set (Section VIII) built around the major method I developed in this area, MINIMAX, and three variations of this method, and 2) the present Network Initiation Packer, with all the other methods in my "repertoire."
The term "Initiation" in the packets title registers an insight for which I am grateful to colleagues on the New Volunteerism Project: that most of my network methods are far more oriented to starting networks than to maintaining them afterwards. This is true. I would only suggest that at some point the networkers themselves must evaluate the importance of the network for their purposes and, if considered valuable, then take responsibility for the networks continuation.
The Present NETWORK INITIATION PACKET is built around Chapter Seven in When Everyones a Volunteer, a 1992 book published and copyrighted by Energize Inc., of Philadelphia, PA. The book title appears at the bottom of each page taken from this chapter. In addition, in different print, and without the book title, earlier versions and/or variations of the Chapter Seven methods are interspersed throughout the text.
These are mainly from The Bridge: A Guide for Networkers, a 1981, Yellowfire Press, Boulder, Colorado. This publication is now out of print but has been included with this collection.
Finally, there are a few methods, from page 61 on, I just didnt have the heart to throw away because, though undeveloped, I felt they had promise.
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