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When is best time for next Conference Call? - Clinton Meeting updates and more to share.. replies please...

Hi PotoFanm members,

We're trying to determine the best time for a next conference call to discuss both how we may want to move ahead -- with a short biweekly written digest and one call a month, for example, vs. weekly conf. calls since many don't find the calls a good vehicle for sharing... but we need your feedback and input.

Also, we miss you! We'd really like to hear from you, and support your activities in Haiti or tell others about your work. So do reply here and let us know if you can make a call next week, or when might be a good time.

For my part, I'm in NY (on v. short notice) at the Clinton Global meeting, where Pres. Preval and PM Bellerive will be speaking tomorrow. I'll take some notes. The panels are being live-streamed at the website (google cgi 2010 for the agenda, and meetings, etc.).

For this reason I can't make a meeting or schedule a conf call today. But I'd love to chat and get updates. So please let me know if NEXT WED at NOON EST is okay.

(Alice, Michelle - I'll call you today to see if we might meet in NY Friday).




Dear AC and All,

I can do next Wed at 12pm EST, I think, and I look forward to that. I'm hoping very much that we can get a Yahoogroups forum going, too, unless WP can do something along those lines. That will allow for more and easier communications, I think.

The conference calls have been very informative and important, but sometimes I have found the ones done in sub-groups--or the main Wed call when only a few people are present--to be more compelling, in part because there is NOT so much of an agenda, but more time to share, listen, and discuss with other members, not only about their work, but also about topics of importance related to solidarity initiatives linked to and supportive of women in Haiti.

It may be advisable to schedule some calls that will specifically be for such sharing, more along the lines of us getting to know each other and getting an understanding of what each of us is doing, or hopes to do, with regard to Haiti.

I myself have sometimes found that the agenda for these calls is so jam-packed that it is hard for most members to say much, and what they do say needs to be trimmed and molded to fit a tiny window of opportunity to speak. We need time and space to get to know one another, and also for members to share their views with a feeling that they can speak freely and be heard. We need time, in my view, for "creative chaos," by which I mean having discussions of ideas, dreams, activities, and the like that build on each other and emerge as actionable plans from the group dynamic.

Some of this might more easier happen via a forum than in calls...that is something we will need to figure out by trying various formats.

The survey process that Martha designed successfully elicited some of these types of responses. One reason the phone follow-ups were not as successful may have to do with what I have said above, namely, that the one communication method (survey) allowed for each person to share and have their say, and the other (calls) has not to the same degree.

I think we should ask members why they have not been participating, and hope we get some forthright answers.

The outreach you have outlined re the elections and special coverage of same is fantastic and much-needed. The link to women, groups, and some members on the ground in Haiti is crucial, and necessary for Poto members to feel engaged, I think. How can we build upon that now? Shall we follow on with a mapping project, or what other kinds of outreach and activities can we do to ensure that Poto's work is reflective of the needs and aspirations of women in Haiti?

Thanks much and best to all, Janet

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Conference Call

I can be in for Wednesday. I look forward to hearing the updates and making plans. Peace, JoAnn

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