Field Report! Team meetings in San Diego, California

by April Greene on April 14, 2014

San Diego is on a roll!

The city is already home to 26 Connectors who have held two meetings. And so far, so good.

“Everyone was very enthusiastic, worked well together, shared their backgrounds, and came up with great ideas and questions,” says Lissa Tsu.

Fellow Team member Diana Osorio agrees.

“I feel that we all are going to work great together; we all have our minds and intentions in providing services and helping others. Everyone is interested in pitching in and helping,” she says.

Four of San Diego’s finest
(photo courtesy Lissa Tsu)

So far, here’s what the Team’s been tackling:

  • Meeting spaces. The first cafe they chose was noisy and crowded, but the second had a large private lounge, free wi-fi, and was centrally located. (A lesson for Teams: if at first you don’t succeed…)
  • Paper handouts. “One thing that immediately came up was a lack of tangible advertising,” says Lissa. “We all see the need for some sort of card to distribute to people we know and meet describing the movement. It would be nice to post some flyers/postcards around our neighborhood.” Idealist is currently working on developing some handouts, but this Team is eager to start making moves so they’re drafting their own possibilities now.
  • Gender equality. “We noticed out of the first 24 Connectors here in SD, only six were men,” says Lissa. “So that may be a good place to focus our recruitment efforts!”
  • The whole Internet. In addition to maintaining a great Team page on Idealist, San Diego is using (or considering) Facebook, Hangtime, and Nextdoor to help them stay organized, connected, and spread the word.

What do they feel are their biggest challenges? Diana says:

San Diego, as any other city or community, has always many issues—so many that ‘it takes a village’ to make a change. But that’s precisely what Connectors are about: a big group of people involved and constantly growing to make things happen.

Our biggest challenge at this point is to be able to gather a large group to attend the Connector meetings and also how are we going to grow our Team. We haven’t been able to get a high attendance to our meetings so far, although we have changed the date and place.

We are hoping that by creating more massive advertising, we can get more people involved. [Connector] Janine and I, during our second meeting, found some local magazines and were thinking that it will be nice if we could get a press release or comment published about our Team.

All in all, we understand this is just the beginning and it will get better as time passes by. I am an eternal optimist and am sure that things will only get better.


Do you have advice for the San Diego Team? Share it in the comments or message one of their Connectors. If you live in the San Diego area, sign up to join them!

If you live elsewhere, look for a Team near you. If you’re not a Connector yet, learn all about it and sign up here!


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