Andrew Smallman (andy@pscs.org)
Tue, 15 Dec 1998 14:48:33 -0800 (PST)

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,


Andrew Smallman, Director
Puget Sound Community School - http://www.pscs.org
andy@pscs.org - http://www.pscs.org/~andy/

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