Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Australian Bush Sherpas - a Facebook group for the "sherpaly inclined"

Click on the image to see the group - ask to join
Unusually this is a post that really targets Facies (people who use Facebook) 

Despite its questionable reputation Facebook does certain things really well and the "closed group" is one of them. Instead of visibility of material being based on friendship circles, or even public, in a closed group what you say can only be seen by group members. You must request to be accepted as a member of the group.

Maggie Marriot was a trainee sherpa at the second Halls Gap session and has started the group and she will be the one that approves you.

Once in the group you can chat and share experiences with other sherpas.

If you are not on Facebook clicking the image will just invite you to join.

I have been putting a lot of thought into using Facebook for this and other useful purposes and listening to the reasons that people don't join:

  • Personal information at risk
  • Silliness of much that happens there amongst "Friends"
  • Identity theft
In response to this I am suggesting the idea of Zero Friends Facebook and the link will lead you through setting up an extremely minimalist account.

Bear in mind though that when you request to join the group Maggie may not be able to tell who you are so send her a private Facebook message to put her out of her misery.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) thoughts

A couple of weeks ago I went down to Daylesford Secondary School to meet a group of VCAL students and tell them about the TrailRider.

It was great to meet a group, almost all year 12 and soon to graduate, of young people heading out into the world, to show them Wild Places and to tell them about the Sherpa Volunteer Program that is emerging in Daylesford. Two very interesting points arose.

  • I was astonished to find that the word "sherpa" was completely unknown. They thought I was saying "chauffeur" Quite a thought - we could welcome in the Chauffeur Volunteer Program. There are all the time little bits of current affairs (in this case the ascent of Everest) that are slowly slipping into history
  • The much more exciting development was the prospect that the TrailRider could become a theme within the Applied Learning curriculum at the school. Students would engage as sherpa volunteers and also assess and prepare tracks. This would indeed be an exciting development