We met on Zoom for another IEA Coordinators’ Community meeting. This time we gathered to share tips and best practices of meeting on Zoom- after almost a year of practice.
We spoke about problems that come up on Zoom encounters: theunequal access to good and stable internet and smartphones, people with cameras off, things going on in the background, loss of the personal touch and insufficient ability to communicate. Then, we learned simple resources, and learn from one another’s experiences of what works and what doesn’t work. One coordinator spoke about how his groups turned to sharing very personal stories, addressing participants’ current situations and having emotional exchanges as well as intellectual ones (praying together for an ill son, sharing a story about a grandparent, etc.)
Another shared that having a certain goal to accomplish helps: for example, a group learns together a specific book, in each encounter they advance together, there is a feeling of moving forward and of collective tasks. A group had one encounter about food in which each participant brought a dish and talked about it (we added that we can also do coffee breaks, for example, engaging more senses in the experience). We concluded with votes that we go back to meeting in person soon, but we believe a lot of the learning of this past year will remain useful.
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