Six days ago I acted on a whim to try to make more international connections. I saw subscribers in my SiteMeter’s daily stats from Russia, Belgium, and Turkey, and posted a friendly “shout-out” asking them to introduce themselves.
That two minutes of effort was so worth it. Belgium sent me an email, and we’ll be Skyping soon for a podcast; and the Reinventing Project-Based Learning website had a link that led to Tom in Turkey, who I invited to be my “friend” on one Ning or another, and who ended up being the subscriber in Turkey I wanted to “meet.”
Not only is Tom a PBL guy, he’s also blogged about Illich and unschooling on his Tryangulation blog.
Then the “Four Convergences” post with the “Voices from the New American Schoolhouse” Sudbury video resulted in a very nice comment from the video’s creator (including a complementary DVD of the full 80-minute documentary from which that clip was an excerpt), and after a couple emails, a decision to Skype again for a second podcast.
All from acting to follow up on a moment’s desire based on an attractive “what if?”
It all amazes me, this new form of “summer vacation.”