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Matthew Taylor, at the RSA, is one of relatively few chief executives of nonprofit organisations who have a blog ... now others are joining in, and getting encouragement.
Following news here that that Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the organisation for nonprofit chief executives acevo has started blogging at Bubb's blog, a couple of more established bloggers have launched a support group.
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Is your organisation World 1 or World 2?

the birth of controlPeople's reluctance to embrace social media may not result just from difficulty with the tools, but rather from their worldview and how far they like to believe in simple cause and effect, rather than complex interactions.

Two specialists in the use of collaborative methods highlight this. David Gurteen is a knowledge management specialist reflecting on the use of social media. Jack Martin Leith is a long-time expert in the use of Open Space methods for face-to-face events, focussed on co-creation.

David contrasts World 1 and Word 2 view's in a matrix - see below - writing in his latest newsletter.

"We are moving from a world where we were told to do things and where things were structured or planned for us to one where we get to decide what works best for us. We are moving from a mono-culture to a highly diverse ecology.
"We are moving from a simple world to a rich, complex, diverse one. One where power is less centralized and more distributed. We are moving from a command and control world to a world where people can do as they please within the boundaries of responsibility."  read more »

Why walled gardens may not work for membership organisations

Walled garden

The Economist questions whether "walled garden" social networks like Facebook will be able to continue to lock in user content. In Everywhere and nowhere, the author doubts whether there is a long-term business in the walled garden model, unless web mail or other services allow transmission of content across the boundaries. I wonder if the same issue will face those membership organisations creating closed member-only networks. Here first is the general analysis from The Economist, which acknowledges the value of social networking sites:

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A guide to the stealthy introduction of Social Media to Government and other large organisations.

 

The Secret Underground to Social Media in Large Organizations

Another guide to social media, to add to our earlier recommendation, and this time it's about the really tough stuff of how to get acceptance in large organisations. It's written by a Canadian government employee Colin McKay.

Colin writes on the SoSaidThe.Organisation site:  read more »

Start small, work with enthusiasts

Chris Brogan, writing from the US, offers advice on how a nonprofit organisation might begin using social media:

A friend from the UK writes to ask me how she might help her somewhat traditional trade association see the value of using a social networking application to facilitate communications between association members, and maybe also as a way to encourage new members to participate. Trade associations are a perfect type of organization to employ social networking tools to encourage conversations and build digital relationships. Here are some potential next steps.  read more »

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