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Re: Theos-World Internet and aged TS leadership

Jul 01, 2009 07:19 PM
by Cass Silva

mmmmh and I think we decided that if one can type one can email.


>From: MKR <>
>To: theos-talk <>
>Sent: Wednesday, 1 July, 2009 11:11:15 PM
>Subject: Theos-World Internet and aged TS leadership
>Internet and aged TS leadership
>It looks like it is high time that we organize an intensive workshop to
>educate the wisdom-full, elderly theosophical leaders about Internet tools
>and their potential to help TS and theosophy. While everyone has used email
>at one time or other, still it appears they are behind the curve and thus
>losing precious opportunity and time to rejuvenate our efforts to spread
>theosophy and better engage in multi-mode with membership. While we all know
>that email was extensively used by many of the leaders in the nomination
>planning behind the scenes and execution and subsequent electioneering,
>still there is a very wide gap in communication between the leaders and the
>ordinary members. Leaders are absent from cyberspace.
>About a decade ago, I saw in the USA, first hand, the reluctance and
>resistance to use fast inexpensive electronic mode of communication and
>still stuck to pencil and paper technology. This can be attributed only to
>the aged leaders who still could not understand modern technology and how it
>can contribute to cost savings and efficiency.
>A funny recent comment on theos-talk mentioned about how, last year, the
>email in-boxes of the International Secretary and International Treasurer
>getting filled up. At international level, what else do you expect. You will
>get numerous email because it is cheap, quick and efficient. And members
>will use it to contact these officers and send information and
>correspondence. There are ways to deal with large volumes of email and all
>you need to do is to talk to someone who knows how. Or just post a message
>on theos-talk (which is free!) and you will be inundated with help from
>members from around the world. I suspect when this comment was made, both
>the offices were filled with very old people who have not used email much.
>It is a pitiful and sad situation for an organization which is to be at the
>forefront. Also, India, which is supplying IT talent world-wide, has enough
>local talent to help. Only one has to ask for help.
>We have had a lot of hair-splitting discussion about the rules and how they
>need to be tweaked or changed even though such changes will not help the
>basic membership problems, use of Internet technology for multi-mode
>communication should be on top priority. Also each section can do whatever
>they want because of the autonomy that is guaranteed by the organizational
>setup of TS. Let hope that the aged leaders wake up and show up in
>Visit www.theosophy. net and enjoy
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