“When adults and kids see the power of self-direction and realize the benefits of mutual support, they tend to seek it out over and over again.”
People can inspire others. In doing so, it can create a sort of self empowerment that enables people to see and create at a higher level.
One of the things that has caught my fancy are tweetups (meetups with people one has met online, typically via Twitter). Some of the best conversations are had with people in these real life meetings. Some are just one-on-one, others are large groups, sometimes with as many as 25 or more people. Some of the best ones have just a few participants. Smaller groups usually create openings for each person to contribute. Smaller groups also foster a closeness and openness that large groups may crowd out. Some people are shy in larger groups and their thoughts and ideas are hidden from the conversation in such settings.