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Lilac Cover Schedule
For national and regional lilac cover we currently have a system of manually distributing cover dates via email.

When there are gaps in the schedule, emails need to be circulated to inform lilacs of available opportunities.

It would be great to centralise the lilac cover scheduling as a more efficient way to share information about lilacing opportunities. The same could apply for Soka too.

Perhaps the schedule system can be used to send alerts via email or text when there are opportunities to lilac?

The visual representation of all the opportunities to lilac or soka - along with details of who to contact in their district or HQ - may act as an encouragement for young women and men. This doesn't replace dialogue, but acts as a way to encourage questions.
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posted on 13 Aug 2013

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Clash Diary/ Central Scheduling System
A central schedule that holds details for all activities in your district, chapter, HQ, area. It would help in supporting members to schedule activities in a way that compliments other activities and helps members to manage their commitment. Of course, it's not always possible to do everything anyway.

It would also be useful for in helping Lilac and Soka chiefs to be proactive in offering support to activities at each level as they'll have an overview of what's happening - in advance.

The schedule could be used to share reminders for meetings/ activities and there could be functions within it that support outlining requirements for activities, chiefs for activities.

The schedule could also have a 'public view' which allows memebers & prospective members, unsure about what activities are happening and when, to see where they can get involved and who to contact for more information.
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posted on 13 Aug 2013

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Data kept on children by members
Partly related to other comment about people under 18 in terms of data and child protection. We have DPA in UK so need written consent from adult to keep data, hence issue with people under 18 being members in the database.
Recurring issue in this HQ with members keeping and sharing inappropriate and , in my view illegal, data on children. Specific example where names and ages of children of members and non-members emailed across the leaders relating to an activity. Issues for members copied in to this re their professional and legal positions if one of the parents takes issue with this ( I certainly would as a non-member!). Guidelines and censure need to be very strong on this issue in order to properly protect members , non-members and the SGI.
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posted on 30 Jul 2013

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Info and press packs for exhibitions
Hi,

I think we could have online resources to help in the planning and staging of exhibitions.
Downloadable press packs, with valuable essential information regarding each SGI exhibition could be available for members organising events on line, also children's packs, info packs etc... which would greatly assist in helping publicise local events and maintain a consistent and 'official' flow of information.
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posted on 18 Jul 2013

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Blog-Facebook-Twitter
Hiya Jim, not sure if this is the right thread, but just want to share that social media is really helping me to do spread Nichiren Buddhism. In January I launched a Buddhism & personal development blog called www.thankingthespoon.com which has had 35k hits so far from over 100 countries worldwide. The FB page now has over 2,100 Likes (helped by £120 of advertising...) and I have 300+ Twitter followers. I have received loads of heart-warming direct messages from people who are grateful for the blog posts and others from people asking for encouragement, including non-members and people who had stopped chanting. Plus people of other faiths who want to dialogue. I had no idea that social media + daimoku could be so powerful and am happy to share more details if you are interested. Cheers, David Hare, Men's Chapter Leader, 3 Rivers (East Midlands)
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posted on 8 Jul 2013

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