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Okay, we are really pushing the edges of the comfort zone here! Two concurrent events combined today for me, and I completed my ACT5 Objective while also answering a call for help from a local organization.

The organization is the Mt. Diablo chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) -- I spoke at their meeting in March, and they are doing a fundraiser for their annual conference. They selected an unusual and brand-new way to do the fundraiser, and when I got their request to participate, I realized it is a perfect example of a new and alternative currency exchange.

Mt. Diablo ASTD has registered with allthis, a new system where people can auction goods and services on behalf of other groups. Nonprofits and other groups simply send out a request to their members and partners, and those people go in and set up an auction for something they can sell or do, and when the auction sells, the nonprofit gets the money.

I created an auction for a service I can provide -- visual facilitation for a meeting in my local area -- and when the auction sells, I'll work with the winner to schedule and plan the meeting, I'll facilitate it, and I'll provide a post-meeting summary. Scary!

Allthis is just starting up, so the site is still in beta and you can't create auctions unless you're working with one of the nonprofits that are starting out with allthis, but the site should be live on April 29 -- and so will my auction!

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Comment by ninmah on April 2, 2010 at 9:33pm
Thank you, Bryan!
Comment by Sarah Shaw Tatoun on April 2, 2010 at 9:40pm
Wow! A lot of fascinating innovations going on all at once! I especially like the visual facilitation service. I've tried repeatedly to do 'mind-maps' and never succeeded to my satisfaction. Looks like this way you can simply have the conversation and it's all done for you. Allthis sounds like an interesting service too.
Comment by ninmah on April 2, 2010 at 9:48pm
Thanks, Sarah. Visual facilitation is a really powerful tool for group communication -- the facilitator is working with the group, but is usually not part of the group, so he or she can create a map that represents what is actually spoken. Participants have told me that it totally changes the feel of a conversation when you can literally see the ideas unfolding right before your eyes.
Comment by Paul Holze on April 26, 2010 at 6:28pm


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