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Daily Kos is a large community and within this diverse and multi-faceted organism are many smaller, more defined groups. I want to focus this morning on two of the smaller groups--those collections of individuals who gather under a banner narrower than electing more and better democrats but with the same goals in mind. To this end, I am reminded of the truth and guidance in Margaret Mead's admonition that we should "never forget that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

There are a mind-boggling number of groups here. Most of you probably belong to several; and more are created each month, some are more private and neat while others tend to be broad and messy. In a previous MOT (in order to offer respite from the numerous pie fights), I discussed several well-established groups that were involved in the arts. This week, I want to highlight two groups that were recently created and, for me, epitomize the good works, comradery, and forward thinking that define progressive values but also aim to engage us as individuals. Both groups, although newly created, are led by experienced and active members of our community and assisted by some newly minted members that have been a pleasure to welcome over the last couple of months.

These new groups add great value to our community and are worth our attention; I hope you will visit them, read the diaries, and perhaps click that ♥ and follow them.

The first is one I ran across before it was even created--as several new members sought assistance at the Help Desk. The enthusiasm and dedication was evident even in their plaintive requests for direction; within weeks, HuffPostHuff burst onto the scene with a flurry of diaries, helpful, edgy, far-ranging essays covering topics from climate change to road maps for new users. The genesis of this group may have been to create a forum for ex-Huffington Post users, but it has quickly grown into a creative, nurturing, sometimes irreverent place for us all.


Founded by murphthesurf3, mopshell, and 47songs

We are a group dedicated to serving former Huffington Post Bloggers as a resource in navigating Daily Kos. We provide information, assistance, and advice for those getting started here and for those who want to share their experiences as bloggers at HP, DK, and elsewhere. As part of the DK community, we invite those who made connections that led to friendships at HP to reconnect here at the Daily Kos and strengthen those ties.

Welcome to all. Enjoy your time at The Daily Kos, a vibrant blogging community.

The second group that lately has come onto the scene is Walking on Eggshells--a place that strives to be a safe haven in the tumultuous world of blogging. When I reached out to its editors for permission to highlight the group, I was quickly wrapped up in conversations with several of the editors and made to feel not only welcome but somehow like family. As someone who spends most of his personal time reading and writing, I appreciate the focus of this group, put best in its profile: "This blog is a laboratory for learning to bear witness without judgment, blame or shame."  Now, think on that for a moment ....

Walking on Eggshells

Founded by LilithGardener

Sometimes one has to say exactly how one feels and it is also sometimes necessary for those hearing these sentiments just to listen for a while and take note. - LaFeminista
Broken eggs with writing on eggshell, Fed up of walking on eggshells.
The Daily Kos group blog Walking on Eggshells is an experimental laboratory for learning to bear witness without judgment, blame or shame. Each diary will serve as an experimental Listening space to explore dimensions of American culture that influence what we think we say and what we think we hear in blog posts and comment threads.

Send a Kosmail message to Eggshells if you have a question or if you would like to submit music or art for a future Listening session.

Grab a strong cup of coffee, pull up a chair, and tell us: what's on your mind this morning?

Originally posted to MOT - Morning Open Thread on Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 03:30 AM PDT.

Also republished by PostHuffPost: Connection-Conversation-Community .

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