My team and I have been having a lot of fun coming up with ideas for things we can do virtually so that Pluralists Club members continue to enjoy the benefits of our community. Our normal routine of speakers, trips, events and socialising is carrying on but, inevitably, in a slightly different way to how we are used to.
We usually have a range of weekly activities at the club and I don’t see any reason to change most of those, it’s just a case of doing them differently. Technology makes video meetings super easy – I am sure you are all now experts on Zoom, GoToMeeting and the plethora of other platforms out there - so we can still bring members our usual range of interesting speakers; though we are keen to avoid creating a ‘watch and learn’ format so almost everything we do will be fully interactive. Our members are curious and engaged so, with a bit of imagination, we are fulfilling our mission of supporting those wanting to develop a pluralist career, even if we can’t all be in the same room.
Over the next few weeks (and probably months, if we are being realistic) we will be hosting all of our regular Masterclass, Insight Evenings and Opportunities Club meetings online. Our social events are also continuing; members have been receiving their bottles of wine ready for Friday’s virtual wine tasting and we have cheese and chocolate tastings also lined up, a quiz planned, along with some virtual tours of interesting places.
More good news....all of these will also soon be available as PluralistCasts which you can download and watch at your leisure (which will also to help pass the time while we are all in lockdown!)
If you would like to see for yourself what our virtual Club can offer, our next (free!) Pluralists Opportunities Club is on Tuesday 7th April. Join us on Zoom from 5.30 – 6.30pm to hear pitches from two entrepreneurs offering exciting opportunities to support the development of their businesses. You can join the meeting at https://zoom.us/j/381060032?pwd=VU85THZ6MjBXZkNoWUZ5ZXFqZTRGQT09
Meeting ID: 381 060 032
To find out more about this, and how you can access our full calendar of upcoming events, do get in touch with me directly firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club members are already are having lively online group chats about how to spend the lockdown usefully; opportunities don’t stop just because the world has changed a little bit. Indeed, this could be just the right time for pluralists to identify and get involved in new projects. Once life gets back to normal, we will need investment, jobs and recovery. I very much hope that we will all have learned how to work more smartly and prioritise the things that really matter so that society can move forward effectively and meaningfully.