Over the summer I normally try to post a couple things that I learned over the previous school year. These are a little late, but I really wanted to pass them along anyway. Also if you have anything you learned from last year that you would like to tell me about, send it my way smcgever (at) pv dot younglife dot org
Usually when I need something that I don’t have I just Google it and start my search. I do this with things for club, things for my home, all kinds of stuff. I bet you do that too.
In my spare time I like to read Wired magazine and all kinds of other sources of technology information. One thing that tech journalists are always covering is the battle between Google and Facebook. Google has a monopoly on internet information. Facebook has a monopoly on information and access on your friends. So it dawned on me (and probably many of you too) one day, instead of looking to Google for information and stuff I need to get, why don’t I look on Facebook. For instance I wanted to sell my car and buy a different one. Instead of putting my car on Craigslist or Autotrader, I told all my friends on Facebook. The benefit is that they know me, for better or worse haha, but many of them know a lot about my car and probably have been in it before. So a few weeks later, my car was sold at a great price to someone who really needed it.
Earlier this summer I needed some supplies to do program at camp. Some of the supplies are the types of things I would only need once a week for four weeks. So I asked people on Facebook if I could borrow them and sure enough some of the stuff I needed I simply borrowed. Some people even dropped it off at my house the same day I posted the request.
So if you are looking for supplies for club or campaigners or pretty much anything, I’d recommend posting your request on Facebook. If you are friends with some parents from your club or other adults, they might really enjoy being able to help out by tracking down things for your club. In fact it is really nice because when you post the request people don’t feel bad if they don’t have it or can’t make it happen soon enough, but when you call people to help sometimes they feel obligated.