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Announcing the Bulbagarden Outreach Project

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by , 1st May 2011 at 12:14 PM (575 Views)
We're pleased to announce a new staff project--the Bulbagarden Outreach Project. This isn't specifically driven by Overgrow II or any other event, but we feel it's an extremely important aspect of the community that we've been neglecting. We want Bulbagarden to be a safe place for people to talk in a civil manner about issues that affect their lives.

Part of that involves everyone being good to one another. But another aspect involves showing leadership on our part in making Bulbagarden a safe space. And we're going to be taking the coming months to talk about a variety of issues and challenges which we believe are important in people's lives. In May, we will be discussing bullying.

We will also be posting a list of resources for each month's issue in the Outside the Box forum. They will list national organizations that provide assistance on a given month's issue. We're going to try to provide resources on each issue in different countries. If you know of a country or organization that's not listed for a given month's topic, please let one of the moderators know and we'll be happy to add it.

As a result of the Outreach Project, you'll see a number of moderators talking about their confrontation with the month's issue in their blogs. If you're comfortable with it, we encourage you to join their discussions or start conversations of your own. Each of the issues, we feel, is an important one that deserves everyone's attention. But if you don't want to join the discussions, that's fine too. Simply being aware of the problems are a good thing, too.

We hope to cover a wide variety of issues, including the aforementioned bullying, sex & sexuality, disability, drugs & alcohol, religion & spirituality, and plenty of others. We'll announce specific topics in the future.

Hopefully, we'll have some productive discussions about these important issues that will help bring everyone together.

-evkl and the rest of the Bulbagarden team

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  1. Karamazov's Avatar
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    Wow, how sophisticated. I'm sure everything will go very well.
  2. The Puppetmaster's Avatar
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    I love this idea. Hopefully it'll unify the users more.
  3. Shiny Staraptor's Avatar
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    this sounds quite intresting. Do we have to take part in this? Becuase I'm really not ready for sex education yet.
  4. evkl's Avatar
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    You don't have to take part in any of it, but it's open as a resource for any parts you're interested in talking about. So if you haven't experienced issues with, say, drugs, you don't need to join that conversation, but you can talk about bullying.

    We don't want to force anyone into this; it's just an opportunity to have a conversation, if you so choose.
  5. Kars's Avatar
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    sounds good
  6. Mijzelffan's Avatar
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    Sounds like a good idea. I just hope that subjects like "drugs & alcohol" and "religion & spirituality" won't turn into discussions as seen in the real world (the board), since that will probably drive some of the target audience away, rather than encourage them to post.

    But I'm sure you'll make sure it all works out :3
  7. Shiny Staraptor's Avatar
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    so we don't have to take part in certain conversations? sounds good to me :)
  8. Aetheria's Avatar
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    This sounds really nice. ^_^ I hope it works out!
  9. Kutomba's Avatar
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    Yay =D Go Bulbasaur's Garden Place!
  10. Shiny Celebi's Avatar
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    I'll do what I can to help. I want to do more to help people here.
  11. BxSalamence55's Avatar
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    This is an outstanding idea! I look really forward to this.
  12. farewell, friend's Avatar
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    Wow, this is a great idea! I hope it goes well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mijzelffan
    Sounds like a good idea. I just hope that subjects like "drugs & alcohol" and "religion & spirituality" won't turn into discussions as seen in the real world (the board), since that will probably drive some of the target audience away, rather than encourage them to post.

    But I'm sure you'll make sure it all works out :3
    I agree with this.
  13. evkl's Avatar
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    We don't want these conversations to divide people. They should serve to inform and provide a chance for open dialogue. We aren't looking for people to judge others.

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