Greetings from San Antonio Road in Petaluma, CA. I wanted to give you a brief update on what went on yesterday as the 2010 Fellows arrived for the start of the US Training Institute.
We’re off to a great start. After an introduction from Abby, the Fellows spent the evening getting to know one another through dinner conversation and the ice breakers that followed. The introductions were a long time coming…
The Fellows spent the summer working individually in their home communities to mobilize support for their bridge years. As a result, they raised over $45,000 from more than 400 individual donors (and this number is continuing to grow). Fellows participated in conference calls to discuss their organizing efforts and to get to know each other. They also reached out to one another online through Facebook and TokBox (a multi-user video conferencing tool).
But, if you have ever met anyone online and then had the chance to meet in person, then you probably now know that online introductions have their limitations.
First quote to go on the board from the US Training Institute:
A few hours ago.. we were just figments of the internet. Now I can’t wait to sit down and talk to every single one of you. – Lily Shaffer, GCY Fellow
Anyways – here are a few introductory clips that I put together of the Fellows during ice breakers. About the shots of the food at the end – it’s all from the IONS garden here at the training site (except the fish). I just wanted to let you know that we’re eating well. Stay tuned for more updates.