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GROUP HANGOUTS

How we get together amidst busy schedules and diaper blowouts

SELF-PACED CHAT GROUPS

Connect at your own pace,
any time that works for you

  • Can’t find time to connect with friends?
  • Catch yourself doom-scrolling after (what was supposed to be) a quick check-in on social media?
  • Nagged by the the existential loneliness of parenting in the digital age?

Join the LBT Polo group to connect with like-minded parents tackling the same challenges as you.

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Weekly Video Updates

  • New discussion prompts posted weekly.
  • Watch at your own pace, any time that works for you.
  • Respond (if you want) using video, voice, or written comments.
  • Announcement threads, affinity groups & topic cohorts coming soon.

Need help logging in?

if you don’t see a QR code & link to join the Polo group below, make sure you’re logged in.

Contact me if you need help.

Guidelines & FAQ

HANGOUT GUIDE

How to engage with each other without the fear of being ‘too much‘ or ‘not enough.’

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  • When you join a group, you’re consenting to our Terms of Use (TL;DR don’t be a jerk) and our  Member Agreements – the norms and guides we use to protect our well-being while building brave spaces together.
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  • Our Member Agreements are short, but very different from the rules in typical ‘social justice‘ spaces –  so take a minute to brush up on them while you’re here.
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  • Show up as you are – allowing yourself to be imperfect helps the rest of us feel safe sharing & showing up messy and imperfect too.
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  • I feel a weird pressure to perform and speak less/more in Zoom chats – plus scheduling live hangouts can throw off your whole day.
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  • Instead, we can actually connect in a way that feels closer to real-life chats with friends – without compromising our tight daily schedules.
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  • Marco Polo is free, it doesn’t sell our data, and it’s ad-free. I’ve been using the app for over a year to develop strong friendships with folks I otherwise would never be able to connect with in real-time.
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  • I *hate* cluttering my phone with new apps – but I promise this is simple, easy, and fun. Our most hesitant group members end up loving it –  and have started to use Polos to reduce an unhealthy dependence on social media.
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  • Unlike Facebook groups and Instagram comments that drag you into a hell-scape of internet trolls, Polo doesn’t have a social media feed to distract us when we pop in to hear the latest group updates or ask a quick question. 
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  • Our small face-to-face groups encourage listening and responding with compassion, unlike large, profile-based social media groups where folks tend to make assumptions and attack each other for misunderstandings
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  • While speaking directly to the camera helps folks with auditory disabilities read your lips, a selfie-style video is not necessary.
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  • If the only thing holding you back from joining our conversation and accountability discussion gorups is camera shyness, try this:
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  • > The Polo app allows you to record using your front-facing camera so we can see what you see (such as your cute cats and latest craft project).
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  • > Record a voice-only message.
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  • > Polo+ subscriptions allow you to type notes and send links.
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  • Getting honest about what we can handle is a part of our accountability process. Everyone here respects your time and understands you probably don’t have time to watch every message from start to finish.
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  • If you don’t have a ton of time, just catch up on the last 1-2 videos.
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  • If you have a question – treat it like a powder room break from a party –  tell us you’re glad to be back and ask us to fill you in on what you missed.
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  • Also good to know: the Polo+ subscription allows you to watch videos at 2x speed.
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  • Our group includes folks with various disabilities, which means we have the opportunity to practice inclusion for neurodivergent folks and folks with hearing disabilities.
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  • Unfortunately, Polo doesn’t have captioning features at this time. I’m still pushing for it!
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  • Within your ability, start integrating the following practices so this space can be accessible for all.

(None of these are mandatory.)

  • Polos can include video, text, or just audio. Use what you’re comfortable with.
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  • Keep your videos short (under 3 minutes). There is no penalty for long videos, just understand not everyone has time to watch the whole thing if it goes long.
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  • Stay relevant to the group focus and make sure you’re in the right ‘channel’ or group before recording a response.
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  • Eliminate background noise and speak clearly.
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  • If you are comfortable showing your face, lip reading helps those of us with audio processing disabilities. Avoid back-lighting (standing with your back to a window or light) and keep your face in view if you’re comfortable with that.
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  • The free version of Marco Polo is more than adequate for our group chats.
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  • Since I use the app to connect with friends every day, I leveled up to Polo+. There are some perks to the Polo+ app, which has bonus features like a notepad to take notes while I watch, video scrubbing so I can go back and re-watch specific parts of videos, and speed controls to make processing very slow or fast talkers a little easier.
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  • Absolutely! Sometimes we need a break and it’s time to cut out the clutter. No one take it personally if you need to bounce out of a group or unfollow a channel to focus on other life stuff.
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  • When you’re ready, you can always come back to this page to find ongoing and active hangouts and discussion groups to join.
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  • Try uninstalling, updating, and re-installing the Marco Polo app. If you sign in with the same phone number, you’ll still have access to your video chat archive.
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  • Contact Marco Polo IT support directly if you can’t find a solution in their FAQ. 
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NEED A LITTLE HELP?

Contact Ashia for Support

Ask questions about installing Marco Polo, how to deal with conflict in the group, and let me know what support you need to join our group chat.

I'll do my best to get back to you within 48-72 hours.

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