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Volume 2 - No. 4 -  2003

The Last Word


Only one month to go before the publication of our fourth paper issue and we still have not decided whether to produce a larger magazine, publish more frequently, or simply maintain the status quo.

We've (more or less) decided against increasing the frequency as this imposes too many time-pressures.  We may well, however, go for a larger paper Issue No 4 just to "test the market".  But we will not increase the subscription rate before Issue No. 5 even though we may put a higher cover price on Issue No. 4.

It is clear from feedback that the online and paper issues generally reach different audiences.  Apart from our contributors and associates, whose involvement in producing Nurturing Potential makes it necessary for them to study both editions, readers tend to go for one or the other.  This has complicated the marketing of the paper issue as publicity has mostly been restricted to internet advertising; thus, presumably, failing to reach the right audience.  This is something we need to address and suggestions will be very welcome.



Notions, Potions and Nostrums having run its course, we have with this online issue turned to the main theme of Groups and Groupwork.  This brought several "old lags" together again and it was quite heartwarming to revive memories of work and play within the late Group Relations Training Association and many workshops.


We will continue the theme in the next issue, although possibly not as the main theme, because there is still a lot of re-discovered archive material that we would like to see disseminated, and some promised articles on the theme have not yet materialised.


The Language theme continues and we are looking for individual contributors for this series which, so far, has been produced only as an Editorial Board submission.


And we still retain, as future possibilities:

Nurturing Ecological Potential - how the environment - general, personal, and domestic - may be preserved and enhanced. 

Bridging Cultural Differences - Class, Religion, Ethnicity, Education - the status quo versus innovation, as applied in our personal and professional aspirations.

Only Connect.  Networks and networking and their potential for self- and group-development.