Class Project: Needleman on Love: More comments Vol.4
Posted by Perk Clark on 06/07/2008 12:55:28
Dear Cousins of Greater Promise,
Wow Eddie, whatever you all do, Historian is the mantle we put on you. Finding that post
from 2003 was an amazing feat (Feat Don't Fail Me Now)! So back in the late '80s when I
tried to use computer bulletin boards to do clinical work, there was research published on
what bulletin boards needed to be substantial. One thing always mentioned was 'a
facilitator.' It wasn't enough for the board to just be available: someone had to react or
provoke or summarize or question; someone had to relate the posts to the basic topics and
respond, seeking more comments. Besides creating the site from scratch, that was John's
role, as well as presenting his own massive opus about human psychology.
Anyhoo.... why can't those of you that are so inclined just take on that role periodically?
The only things I'd suggest are a formal length of time ('I'll facilitate until July 1'), a formal
transfer of the job ('Now Scot is on until August 1'), and an understanding that you are
educators, not therapists, and so your job is manageable and within your scope of your
training. Could it be that easy? You don't have to be "Coach." [The Rabbi Shisha is dying. The
students say, 'don't you wish you could have been more like Moses? "No," he says, "when i
get to heaven they will tell me i should have been more like Shisha!!]
And if no one comes forth.... then we have that Miles Davis' silence. And as John said to me
many times: 'so maybe it's all over. That's OK too...'
So that's my thought. Talk it over, OK? Love to you All!!