We have several big and crazy ideas about how YARNS will work. First, it will be a safe and inclusive organization, and will formally recognize the protections of the Alberta Human Rights Act (this was very important to us). Second, we want to be all about personal development, whether that is in yarn arts or public speaking skills or teaching skills. We want to develop an education program made up of short, skill-based workshops. [...] At the same time, we want to encourage yarn artists to expand their teaching skills by offering a curriculum they can teach from. We are also considering making up badges as people complete certain sets of skills.
In addition to the education component, we’d also like to run special events, either ourselves or in conjunction with other area guilds. [...]
We also want to leverage communication technology to make it easier for people to take part. For example, if you aren’t feeling well or weather conditions are poor, you can still join a Google Hangout and attend a YARNS meeting. Or maybe you could offer to instruct one of the modules via Skype or FaceTime if scheduling with travel time is an issue.
I'm so jealous I didn't think of this idea first! We really need something like this in Edmonton -- there is a well-established weaver's guild, and some quilting guilds, but other than that most fibre-related events or meetings are small and scattered throughout the city. They had a meeting on March 25th, which I didn't hear about until last week, but fortunately the next one is scheduled for April 22nd (at St. David's Church, I believe). I'm planning to attend, as I think it will be exciting to have a say in how this guild is built and run right from the beginning, and I hope to see you there too!