Instant text meeting

Creating Community Solutions, an initiative part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health, just announced it will be hosting a “text-enabled dialogue” or instant text meeting early next month.

From the website:

Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health

A Text-Enabled National Creating Community Solutions Dialogue

Mental health affects us all. It’s time to end the silence. It’s time to talk about it.

This December 5th, join Creating Community Solutions in a nationwide discussion on mental health….via your cell phone! All over the country, on the same day, people will get together in small groups for one-hour discussions on mental health.

The process is simple: join 3-4 of your friends, family, classmates, students, and/or colleagues and text “start” to 89800. Your group will then receive polling questions, discussion questions, and process suggestions via text messaging.

The project appears to be using the United Americans text messaging platform.

If you’re like me, you’re probably curious to give it a try. Let me know, and we can participate as a group.

Creating deliberative spaces within the tight constraints of, say, text messaging is an interesting challenge. Will be fun to watch what process design the hosts manage to come up with.

In terms of more in-depth online deliberation, we’ve been busy fine-tuning our very own Zilino online dialogue events format over the summer. We are currently talking to a number of potential clients here in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond to host online dialogues on mental health based on the Creating Community Solutions format and materials. Please contact us if you’d like to learn more.