i think this is a very good point, and it's a good thing you're bringing it up, atle! i hate the feeling you get when you're all by yourself and don't know anyone, and it seems like everyone around you have their friends.. actually saturday was like that for me, when i went to the cave and i didn't know anyone who would be there (i hadn't talked to anyone from here yet).. but then there was this other guy on my bus who also was by himself, that i started talking to. it turned out we had a lot in common and the whole time at the cave i was just hanging out with him and his friends. i'm so glad that they just let me into their little group so easily, otherwise i would have felt very lonely.. but this is what we should be like, willing to let people into our groups when we hang out.. and what a testimony about god's love it would be if someone came to nordic fest and felt like everyone was genuinely friendly and wanted to get to know them!
XeNoMoRpH wrote:I think "Social workers" per se could be of good use, it would in my point of view depend on how the 'socializing' would be done. The thing that at least would matter to me was to be included (if only for a while) in a group, not just with one person that sees it as his or hers chore or job.
i've learned something about this from my church. they really want new people to feel welcome in our church so they say that we should always try to say hi to new people. and one thing that they say that in my opinion is really clever is that sometimes you say hi to people, but like several here has mentioned, sometimes it's just really hard to keep a conversation with a person. there might be many reasons for that, but one can be for instance different age or that you're from different places. so what do you do? instead of thinking "well, that didn't work out too well" and walk away, you connect the person with someone else that might be the same age or from the same place, or who likes the same bands.. then it might be easier for them to talk.. try to connect them with other people so that they get to know more than one person! if the "social workers" at nf were people who knew quite a lot of people (like i guess many of us who are on these boards do because we know each other), then it would probably be pretty easy for them to find someone that they might get along with easier..
XeNoMoRpH wrote:More importantly IMO, it should be a common responsibility for all attendees to include/socialize with others in any way they can.
YES. another thing they say in my church is "don't be sad that no one invites you over for dinner, instead you should be the one who invites someone else for dinner!" that's such a good point..