For those of us who don’t resonate to Harvey McKay’s ‘Swim With the Sharks’ and that ilk – the default, mainstream meaning of ‘networking’ can be a big turn-off . We’ve come to understand it as a specific, often self-serving, not-necessarily-authentic, social butterflying kind of activity. To many of us ‘networking’ is a popularity contest – best left to smarmy salesmen, politicians, corporate CEOs & lobbyists. We get a little queasy just contemplating joining those ranks. And no amount of rosy pep-talk convinces us. For introverts and those who value authenticity ‘Networking’ fires up the wrong imaginings.
The Maya Townsend interview has generated interest in live-link mapping – as well as questions about how to do it and what one should know. This post is in response to those questions.
. . . one of the [important] pieces… is to get that sense of ‘we’re not in this alone,’ that ‘we have more connections than we know.’
Using Language and Stories in Participatory Community Network Mapping | Part 4 of an Interview with Aldo de Moor
Storytelling is very important to inspire participation. However, it is especially the boundary spanning across communities – stories that capture the essence of an activity or an interaction in a community. ~ Aldo de Moor
Excerpt: A Leadership Story – Network Style – Part 2
Not Getting The Response You Hoped For Yet? Automated bulk email invitations from sumApp work fine in most instances, especially if people know they’re coming & what they’re for. But what if it’s not working? What if important members are buried in email and ignoring your requests? Or maybe you have a sub-set of members who won’t recognize the email address you’re sending from? Or what if they’re not tech-savvy, so they think it will be complicated & they’re avoiding it? What if it’s getting caught in some hyper-vigilant spam filters? Or they just plain don’t participate in this sort … Read more