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Thoughts on how we engage people via this site

April 14th, 2008

Yes, let's discuss next week. Agreed we need a clearer ask and offer on the site ... and that should reflect/inform the way the project develops. One option is we could help develop a network/community of practice for people within and outside organisations interested in the issues and practice we are discussing here. This network would operate partly online, and partly through meetups, innovation camps, barcamps etc. The rationale is that change will come through committed people, and what they need is the support, learning, tools etc.

Then our task is how to recruit and support that network - our "membership". They assist with research, develop and use products and services etc. Just floating ideas. There are other routes, of course.

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Thoughts on how we engage people via this site

April 14th, 2008

Aaah! I think what we were discussing was how to make this website more accessible for new people visiting it. It's quite hard to navigate for those not used to this kind of site, and the ask isn't immediately clear. So I think Sophia's 'boxes' were formatting boxes - emphasising how people can contribute immediately and obviously!

However, you make a very good point that the questions on their own may not be enough to start the discussions, and that online alone is not enough. Something for us to ponder at our f2f meeting next week?

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why join a social network?

April 13th, 2008

Julie (Dave) - maybe your exchange highlights how difficult it still is to get shared understanding online! Several general points emerged for me from this and some of the .net contributions (hope I'm not overinterpreting):

  1. the need to distinguish personal social networking (which may be face-to-face, phone and/or online) from social networking sites online ... and these from communities or (social) networks as systems that may operate across many boundaries
  2. personal preferences - which may relate to personality type, preferred communciation style - influence how and how far people network
  3. even when people have high personal networking skills, and technical skills, they may choose not to use various online sites or facilities

I think it re-inforces the point made a few time here, that understanding people as well as tools, systems etc is crucial. It reminds me I should go back and take a look at the A-Zs of social media and networking I did with others a while back over on the social media wiki. Any thoughts, other resources, help would be welcome.

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why join a social network?

April 12th, 2008

Julie had the good nature to respond to my abuse with an email which was remarkably conciliatory given how mean I was, and by the sound of things, you are right David. The .net piece probably took a fairly narrow view of social networking.

As I said to Julie in my response to her, the value in online social networking might be in managing connections rather than creating new ones all the time.

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why join a social network?

April 11th, 2008

At risk of sounding even more pompous...!

I'm suprised Dave found my comments in .net offensive. I am as connected as I want to be 'in my professional life' which was the context of the question .net put to me.  My personal preference is to use the web for some types of networking, use conferences for other types and other media for other types. I don't see how this makes me pompous. It is a fact that I am very well connected because I make rich use of the networking tools that are available to me online as well as offline.  You are right that collectively our goal is to help others be similarly connected. This is why I'm an RSA Fellow.  This is why I've run an online community for people with MS for 13 years and I devote any energy left over from that to helping others get networked. If I've somehow caused offence, that's a shame and not my intention!  I really do heart social networking...

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