Dezember 6, 2013
Dezember 2, 2013
Back in 2002, I was selected to manage Team-UK for the World Cyber Games in Daejon, South-Korea.
The local newspaper (Crawley Observer) did a profile about me. They asked about how I gained the positioned, what I suspected the experience would be like, what my aspirations for the trip were.
A few weeks after the trip they contacted me again. They asked how the team did (badly), my thoughts about the trip, what my advice would be to others looking to do something...
November 26, 2013
We can agree a group of people standing in a room aren't a community.
A community requires a psychogical connection - an understanding that they, together, are part of something.
More than technology and interactions, we create a sense of community.
It's the most rewarding, positive, and powerful thing we do.
We take groups of people and build a strong sense of community amongst them.
If, when looking at an activity, you ask;...
November 14, 2013
For a community of practice, the temptation is always towards the serious. That's serious discussions, serious content, and serious events.
This puts the community into the work (groan!) mental bucket. It's something extra we have to do. It's hard to succeed when people categorise your community into that mental bucket.
Your community joins a long list of tasks...usually at the bottom of the list. It's after e-mail, facebook, writing...
November 13, 2013
Fear of missing out (FoMO) is now salient.
Every time you visit Facebook, Twitter, or your community site, you can see everything you're missing. That might be holidays, parties, events, speaking opportunities, and successes that some people gained...but not you.
November 4, 2013
We have a template list of conversation starters for each of the five types of communities (action, circumstance, interest, place, and practice).
Each is adapted to the specific community. We've covered this before.
It's not difficult to build up a very large list of discussions to launch your community with (and by launch, we mean initiate and then...
Oktober 17, 2013
Events create momentum. They foster connections. They engender excitement and anticipation.
There is a small window, immediately after an event, to sustain that momentum and convert it into a community.
Don’t ease up after an event, push harder.
Identify the key topics and invite people to share their thoughts on the topic within the community. Put together a working paper on behalf of the group related to that topic. Invite attendees to give suggestions within a...