How social media shifts the nature of professionalism

Bob McKee, the chief executive of CILIP - Chartered Institute of Library and information Professionals - got a roasting from Phil Bradley on a post “From the chief executive’s desk” which started:

There’s some twittering at present about whether CILIP has (or should have) any “official” presence on various lists or micro blog sites.  read more »

Why the Net changes how nonprofits must operate

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In an interview with Amy Sample Ward, Clay Shirky really pins down what any organisation relying on members or supporters for its life must do if it is to stay in business as people increasing network online. That means change for campaigning charities, trade associations, and membership bodies who may have worked in the past through a mix of newsletters, events and perhaps not very special services. If they don’t offer more value, members and supporters will stop paying their subs.

The challenges of membership

A seminar at NCVO's Annual conference in February 2009 looked at the future of membership. The chair of the seminar, Matthew Taylor is chief executive of the RSA, an organisation with 27,000 members. He wrote on his blog that three points particularly struck him:  read more »

Turning a tanker: recreating one of the oldest membership organisations around

I thought I'd share my comments from yesterday's conference at NCVO. I was talking about the RSA's experiences in renewing itself as a membership organisation that's fit for purpose in the 21stC.  read more »

Video of Clay Shirky at the RSA

Clay Shirky - whose book Here Comes Everybody is about organising without organisations - spoke yesterday at the RSA. I've posted some video.
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