/mentoring

A distributed mentoring movement.

/mentoring is an open & distributed initiative designed to light the way from serendipity to connection, founded on the belief that believing in others is transformative.

What is it, exactly?

Anyone can be a part of /mentoring. All it takes is a few lines of text on the internet, expressing your openness to mentoring and offering a specific invitation to get in touch. You might create a dedicated page at 'yourdomain.com/mentoring', write an individual blog post, or even just mention it in a sidebar. Beginning, not formatting, is what matters.

I'm available for /mentoring

Getting Started

1. Get the template

Copy the text from the original template below, or write your own if you feel inspired. You can also view and fork the template on GitHub.

2. Customize your page

Write a few bullet points about your experiences, decide when you'll commit to responding, add your email address, and make any other changes you want!

3. Post it

Publish it at 'you.com/mentoring', or post it elsewhere online. Link to it from all your favorite online profiles! You never know how people will find you.

4. Spread the word

Tweet your link and mention @mentoring so we can add you to our list. Join the mailing list & drop us a line at hello@mentoring.is to let us know you’re all set up!

The Template

Part of a distributed mentoring movement.

Every major step forward in my life so far has been inspired and encouraged by the mentors I’ve been fortunate enough to have. I believe that hopes, dreams, and advice are best shared in ongoing, personal relationships, and it’s important to me to make myself available as a mentor to others.

I’ve had so many great experiences in my life, and I’d love to share them if you’re considering pursuing a similar path.

  • Unordered list …
  • … of experiences you’d …
  • … like to share

If you’d like to work together, you can write me a letter responding to the questions below; I’ll write back to all letters I receive in this way within [TIMESPAN] no matter what. In response to the most exceptional letters, I’ll propose further correspondence—and in certain cases, an ongoing mentoring relationship.

  1. Tell me about yourself. How did you become who you are, and who do you want to become?
  2. What do you hope to gain from our mentoring relationship?
  3. What’s the best thing you’ve read, watched, or listened to lately?

Add links to any profiles or projects you’re proud of, and send it all to: [EMAIL ADDRESS].

I look forward to learning together!

Learn More

The origin page on GitHub is where this all began, and you can find our story on revolution.is. Over time, we hope that the GitHub repository will become a center, though not the center, of shared experiences & best practices in the mentoring community.

Contributing

The source code for this project is freely available. Feel free to fork the project on GitHub, expand on it, and take it in any number of directions. We look forward to incorporating new ideas and celebrating many alternatives.

Diana Kimball

About Diana Kimball

/mentoring was created by Diana Kimball, with a lot of help and inspiration from others. You can follow her on Twitter, and check out her /mentoring page, which is where this all started. She called it /mentoring in the hope that it will eventually become as natural a part of the internet as '/about' pages.