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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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At the launch of the book We-Think - which promotes the potential of the web for mass collaboration - I asked author Charles Leadbeater about the possible impact on nonprofit organisations. Would people find they could get information and contacts, and support causes on the web, so by-passing organisations?
Charlie said that the social web could present a big challenge to the social sector - but it could also open up scope for tremendous innovation.
Saul Albert has come up with some excellent first ideas for a structured approach to research, and developing frameworks for thinking about membership. I'm encouraging Saul to look for collaborators, and maybe develop a proposal for funding or other development. read more »
Last week's Circuit Riders conference in Birmingham was a great opportunity to catch up on the front-line realities of working with organisations, as well as co-presenting a workshop with Laura Whitehead and Nick Booth. Paul Henderson helped out and has blogged the session here. read more »