As of today, the Therapeutic Landscapes Network has over 1,000 members on Facebook. Cue balloons falling from the ceiling and champagne cork popping!
Why is this such a big deal, other than being a nice big round number? Because we are creating a truly interactive, dynamic network, that’s why.
Ever since I first started the Therapeutic Landscapes Database back in 1999, I have wanted to create a “forum” – a sort of virtual gathering space – for sharing information, questions, and ideas. This was also one of the goals for our new website, and we’ve been knocking ideas around about how to best create this forum. In the meantime, Facebook started these “pages” where businesses and organizations could have members, or fans, or likers…the name keeps changing but the idea is the same: A group of people who are connected around the same issue.
And so, at least for the time being, the TLN’s Facebook page has become that forum. In addition to seeing what the TLN posts – and we do post information, events, links to other good organizations, picture, and so on almost every day – here are some of the other ways you can use the FB page:
- Share information: Post stuff (links to articles and organizations, pictures, questions, thoughts, inspirations) on the wall – all members (fans) can post.
- Comment on other people’s posts – great way to share information, ideas, etc.
- See related organizations – In the left-hand column, see our “favorite pages” section for other like-minded organizations such as the Children & Nature Network, Horticultural Therapy Institute, the National Wildlife Federation.
If you still don’t want to join Facebook, here are some other ways you can still be an active participant in the TLN:
1. Join our mailing list so that you get our monthly newsletter;
2. Leave comments on this blog – comments are a great way to get a discussion/conversation going between blog readers;
3. Join our group on Land8Lounge, the social networking site for landscape architects and designers (anyone is welcome, that’s just who it’s geared towards);
4. Contact us directly.
Thanks to each and every one of our members for making the “Network” part of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network’s name real and meaningful. We can learn so much from each other.
And thanks to Henry Domke for this beautiful (and yes, symbolic) web image.
Naomi Sachs, Founder & Director, Therapeutic Landscapes Network