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Ah, this quote resonates for me (marketing gimmicks)

Rachel Happe ( a very smart person) just tweeted this. I had to share. Dear #projcomm students, what do you think? How does this relate to your NGO projects?

RacheleHappeonMarketing

Posted in Faculty, Marketing User / Customer Support Networks

Reminder – SOURCE your images, LINK your references

Source Your Visuals

Creative Commons Buttons from http://creativecommons.org

Just a quick note. As I read across blogs some of you are very creatively incorporating visuals. (Interestingly, some of you are using the same visual. Be creative — look for new ones!)

I strongly suggest you link to your sources and give them attribution. In some cases, you are using copyrighted material without attribution which is not good academic practice, potentially a copyright violation and generally not very nice as a human being behavior. People like credit for their work! They appreciate being appreciated.

If you are looking for images that are free to use (like Creative Commons licensed images – and if you don’t know what Creative Commons is, follow that link!), consider tools like http://www.compfight.com which give you an option for a free to use search criteria. Below is a screen shot from the Advanced Search feature on http://www.flickr.com

cc

 

And here is an example of how Alan found a great image, inserted it into this weeks task list, and referenced it.

alanciteswell

 

Need to learn more and practice good citation? Try this game page.

Link to Your Resources/References

In a really great blog post today I read:

 Posting images with text (much like a Meme)

I have no idea what Meme is. Add a link. Increase the value of what you put on the web! All this community/network/crowdsourcing is about ADDING VALUE to get value. So add value!

Likewise, consider links resources to learn more. (Hint, they are in your weekly syllabus pages!)

belink
Thanks!

Posted in Announcements, Community, Faculty

Seeking Enlightenment

I’m glad I did not post my weekly faculty post last night because today’s hangout gives me something much richer and more important to reflect upon.

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH PROJECT COMMUNITY?

At a distance, thousands of miles away, I try and imagine what you students are doing in your Monday class time. What are the faculty team members doing? What conversations are happening? What are people “getting” and what are they struggling with? What is the level of energy, engagement and motivation?

Well, if today’s hangout was my sole source of information, I’m worried. There were some moments of preparedness and engagement (THANK YOU!) There were technical difficulties (curse you, WIFI!). And there were some really awkward moments when people tried to ask questions, but, from where I sit, were not prepared. It just felt OFF. Was it just me?

So I ask myself:

  • What can I learn from our site stats in terms of learners accessing and using course materials? How can that inform our next steps?
  • What do I need to coordinate better with my fellow faculty members? How will that best support positive team outcomes?
  • What can I personally do better next week?

Here is what I’m thinking below.  I’d love to know your perspectives, ideas and what you can do. Because in the end, that is what we can control! Ourselves.

What can I learn from the Site Stats

Here are a few screen shots I grabbed from the admin interface of our class site. It looks like many people clicked into this week’s assignments. Phew! And less than clicked into the grading list, which is a change from previous weeks. Does that mean you now care more about what you are doing next? 😉 I’m surprised that the home page has proportionately so many more hits. Some of my assumptions are that everyone starts there as a jumping off point, but if that were do, there would be more hits on other pages. Or maybe the public is looking at our front page a lot? What do you think.

So far, so good. On to the next screenshot.

whysointerestedinarchives

This next screenshot gives us a sense of what links you clicked. It does NOT tell us hits on the videos because they are embedded, so it is not a hugely accurate piece of information. But if one assumes that there is useful content in the links, I’d hope to see more clicks into the resource pages… So this causes me to ask: is the content useful? If yes, have we given sufficient attention to asking you to look it it? If it is not, would you tell us? IF you are still left with questions, will you ask us??

notclickinglinks

What do I need to coordinate better with my fellow faculty members?

OK, now I have to ask myself, how can I improve how I can work best with my fellow faculty at a distance. I realize I need to get a better sense of how each one is working with the teams so I don’t work at cross purposes. Fellow faculty, what could I do differently that would help? One piece of feedback about this week is that there are THREE elements and that is too much. My thinking was that they have a lot of time between now and the 28th but that may be unfair. Or unrealistic.

Lets figure that out.

What can I personally do better next week?

This is where I need your help. Again, at a distance, with you synchronously only 30 minutes a week, I feel I have a lot of blind spots. Can you tell me what is working and I should do more of? What is not helping and I should stop doing? Something new I should be doing? Do you need an incentive to respond?

 

Posted in Faculty, Site Stats

Project Community Collaborative Notes October 14, 2013

Our meetingwords notes from today

Note from Nancy: I am also posting this in announcements as I sense few look at the notes. 

I noticed we had few questions, few typed in meetingwords, fewer notes. My question to the whole Project Community membership, what can we do to make this a better use of everyone’s time? Students, what do you need? Where can we as your faculty team do better?

Faculty team, what do we need/want from the students?

Chat is pasted below the notes.

What is the framework for our notes today? Q&A

Group 1

  • no questions

Group 2

  • No notes/questions

Group 3

  • done – no one took notes

Group 4

  • no questions

Group 5

  • Should you use a small or large network when marketing?

Group 6

  • no question

Group 7

  • No notes

Group 8

  • no questions

Group 9

  • Should we focus purely on the internal marketing or Solidaridad, or also on the external for our final presentation?

– Is your primary agreement with your client about internal? (ask maarten)

– Generally keep it simple, and do one thing well.

General Notes;

There is a difference between giving information and telling a story. Since it is hard to get noticed nowadays, it will be important to consider this when delivering messages.

Nancy said; this was a weird meeting * (questions have no direction)

Efe suggested the questions in the assignment feel as if they were written three years ago. What does marketing have to do with their projects? this is for internal use, how does marketing come in?

Response to Efe’s questions,

A: Who will the project involve? Internal staff. How will they know about it? How will they understand “what’s in it for me” — the value proposition – so that I will participate. That is marketing. How will you make sure that people not simply ignore the new social platform, how is it relevant to them? Also an internal group is a target group.

Also: ask questions. If you feel that a question/assignment to you doesn’t make sense; ask questions to clear things up.

Test your story board on people who wouldnt normally have a clue. If this makes sense to them, you did a good job.

Chat:

Group 8: Group 8 is here

6:41unnamed: i cant find the link either

6:59Nancy:https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/88fc419042b831065089a1ccd336b5c183502a30?authuser=0&hl=en

7:04Nancy: The hangout link now is also regularly posted in the FB group so you have a backup

Posted in Community, Meeting Notes

Project Community Collaborative Notes October 7, 2013

Note: Here are our notes from meetingwords. I cleaned them up. It would be great if a student took charge of this task! The chat transcript is also here, underneath the notes…

Notes from the Discussions

  • Investment vs dontation and the underlying values of our client organizations
  • Someone put a definition of DISCERNMENT

Group 1 

  • 1. Do you know a platform that uses crowd-sourcing and crowd- funding at the same time ?  Ooh, good question. What have you found via searching? Look at the blog of Beth Kanter who has really specialised in this! http://www.bethkanter.org/crowdfunding/
  • 2. Most products on crowd- funding are buisness to customer products.Can crowfunding also work business to business ? Oh, again, a great question and I am not sure of the answer. The most relevant ones I know of are crowdsourcing of work. So I put out there that I need something and people can respond. It is sort of like bidding for work. Mechanical Turk on Amazon is another huge example.
  • also a lot of specialised B2B work websited exits e.g. for translation work

 

Group 2

  • No notes

 

Group 3

  • No notes

 

Group 4 

  • 1.  Crowdfunding sites like kickstarter are a lot more popular in America than in Europe..do you have an advice,for how to find the right audience ?  Have you found any research that indicates which sites are popular in which regions? Have you asked any people who are experts in crowdfunding their advice? When I get a question I can’t answer, I start with a search engine and then tap my networks!
  •  2. If you want to get startet with your project on kickstarter, how can you build up your community for support ?  There are some great articles and videos out there from experienced kickstarters. I think the key on kickstarter is that it is very PRODUCT focused, vs fundraising for an NGO, so I’d first ask if kickstarter is the best site to use. That said, if you do have things you can give as incentives, Kickstarter relies on incentives, finding ways to get people to encourage their own network and regular, USEFUL email updates. There is a guy here in Seattle who had a 30K goal and raised 300K (for a children’s programming game)3.

 

 

Group 5 

  • We have many ideas, should we continue developing them or choose one and focus on that? 
  • A: Depends on your client and their needs. In the end maximise it to maybe
  • 2. Just make sure that for the video it doesn’t become overwhelming.

 

 

Group 6

  • No notes

 

Group 7

  • No notes

 

Group 8 

  • What kind of incentives could be provided within Solidaridad?
  • How to motivate people to use the platform? A: How is it relevant to their day2day life? Are there pain points in that daily life that can be relieved by using the platform. Do small experiments, e.g. by ‘forcing’ them to use fileshare instead of sending files via e-mail. What motivates you in gaming? Maybe prizes, things you accumulate, or social aspects. Number of page hits can be very motivating.

 

 

Group 9 

1. What is the main difference between crowdsourcing and crowdfunding for human resources? This comes from Maarten (client’) question.

A: Google crowdfunding for labour Crowdsourcing would be crowdfunding for labor. Lingos.org is a site in which you can find free labor. (Actually, LINGOS.org is an NGO that uses crowdsourcing for labor using a LinkedIn group. It is very targetted to people who are professional developers of elearning. So the pool of participants is not huge, but very relevant. There are also sites that are big and open with lots of different skill markets. Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is one of the largest)  It is targeted to all sorts of people. Make sure to remember the purpose and who to target.

Crowdfunding is for people with talents.  (???)

 

 

Hangout Chat:

me

6:31 AM

Good morning

Meggie Williams joined group chat.

Felix swa joined group chat.

 

Meggie Williams

6:33 AM

Shae

I’ll be back…

 

Maarten Thissen

6:36 AM

still waiting for some

 

Meggie Williams

6:37 AM

Maarten, your face, your face….

Yes I can hear you all right

 

Maarten Thissen

6:37 AM

I hear nothing

ah now I do

 

me

6:38 AM

Who has set up the meetingwords?

Maarten Thissen invited people into the video call.

 

me

6:39 AM

yy880513@gmail.com

Anne Kostermans joined group chat.

Maarten Thissen invited people into the video call.

 

me

6:40 AM

Meeting words http://meetingwords.com/13P03zprL4

Maarten Thissen invited people into the video call.

Luca Salce joined group chat.

 

Felix swa

6:45 AM

oh meeting words is here

Maarten Thissen invited people into the video call.

 

Felix swa

6:46 AM

ceira, meeting words is already created

 

Maarten Thissen

6:49 AM

shall we just start

?

 

Anne Kostermans

6:49 AM

nice glasses ceira

 

Meggie Williams

6:51 AM

did you invite Sheila?

gogorobifoundation@gmail.com

Maurice Schill joined group chat.

 

Maarten Thissen

6:54 AM

yay, maurice is in

with Laura’s face

yes meggie

Maarten Thissen invited people into the video call.

 

Anne Kostermans

6:57 AM

nancy like your earrings

 

me

6:57 AM

Thanks, Anne!

I’m glad you noticed

Razoon?

Razzo?

 

Maarten Thissen

6:58 AM

I love Kiva

 

me

7:00 AM

I have been a Kiva funder for a looong time

donation vs investment based

 

Meggie Williams

7:01 AM

btw did anyone look at tekst doantions like https://mgive.com/

Maurice Schill joined group chat.

Maurice Schill left group chat.

 

Maarten Thissen

7:01 AM

nice one meggie

 

me

7:03 AM

Is someone taking notes in the meetingwords on the key ideas surfacing? They are some good ones that you are surfacing

 

Anne Kostermans

7:04 AM

we’re taking notes on old fashioned paper with pen

cils

 

me

7:04 AM

Grin

OK, we can put them in MW later

 

Maarten Thissen

7:04 AM

maurice…? what’s going on in your room?

 

Meggie Williams

7:04 AM

Efe can you summarize your point?

 

Maarten Thissen

7:05 AM

muting, for your sake

solidaridad has a huge community, Fairphone took advantage of it

 

me

7:07 AM

That is a great combo

Laura Stevens joined group chat.

 

Maarten Thissen

7:08 AM

hi Laura

That would be great in this organisation

superpromotors

Meggy, are you in contact with gogorobifoundation@gmail.com now?

invited her 3 times

 

me

7:13 AM

lingos.org

 

Meggie Williams

7:14 AM

No I’m not, I just send an FB message, but i did tell her 16.00

 

Maarten Thissen

7:15 AM

 

Anne Kostermans

7:16 AM

so

nancy

when you talk to much we just have to do WSSSSSSSSSH

?

me

7:16 AM

!!!!

http://www.bethkanter.org/crowdfunding/

 

Maarten Thissen

7:17 AM

I’m so impressed with all the cf-sites you came up with

me

7:18 AM

so many languages?

 

Maarten Thissen

7:20 AM

I can see they got it

 

me

7:20 AM

discernment

 

Maarten Thissen

7:20 AM

cool word

no

 

me

7:22 AM

You goof, we goof!

Luca Salce left group chat.

me

7:22 AM

Thank you

 

Meggie Williams

7:22 AM

Ok thanks!

Meggie Williams

7:23 AM

she is warisra

from group 5

I will telll her!

 

 

 


Posted in Community, Meeting Notes

Sunday, Visual Thinking and Chocolate Eggs

I can’t believe it, but I started to write this post LAST Sunday, and here it is a week later. There are so many things running through my mind but I decided I should stick with two: visual thinking and eggs.

I’ll start with the eggs, because it is shorter. Yesterday we got three new hens to add to our tiny flock of 2 older hens who are in great shape, but laying fewer and fewer eggs. We still appreciate their contribution of their doo-doo to our garden’s soil quality, but we need a few more eggs. So I met up with a young woman who raises hens and picked up three Golden Nugget 7 month old hens. (Scroll down on this page if you want to know more about the breed).

We were advised to keep the new hens apart from our older hens until it was dark then introduce them while the other hens were sleeping. We did that and this morning I headed out at dawn to check on them. No fights. YAY! But all day the two mini-flocks kept their distance from each other.

I was reminded of the posts of yours that I have been reading from last weeks TEAM THEME. Quite consistently people talked about how much easier it is in smaller sub-teams than in your full teams of 7 or 8 people. It seems like these small “twosie-threesies” are the GOLDEN EGG! So if you are having success in the mini-groups, I’ll be interested to see how you build that up into larger team success. I’d love any comments if you have already figured that out.

??????????The second thing is the power of visuals in both thinking together and sharing what we’ve learned with others. A week ago I taught two graphic facilitation courses. (Here are some photos from one of them.) One issue that came up in both was how useful visuals were in negotiating meaning in multicultural contexts. What I find is a visual prompts us to ask “what did you mean by that,” when we often keep plowing forward without asking and building on assumptions if we are just relying on words. This can be a challenge for groups who are working across diverse first/second languages.

I keep wondering if some of your teams would benefit from using visuals, or perhaps you already are. If you are, would you share your experiences in the comments?

OK, sun is still out, so I’m heading back to my garden. I hope one of you found the surprise I had above in the post!

Posted in Faculty, Miscellaneous

Meeting Notes from September 30

MeetingWords Hangout Notes for Project Community September 30th 2013

 Group Questions

 The awesome Group 1 Questions: 

Advice of how we can get the best out of the group?

  • Let’s start with what you have done to set up your group so far? What is working? What is not working? for some of us it is easier to work alone. But some people like also to work in teams. We experienced that working in group-sizes of 3 is very good working

Do you know any roles to give some of our groupmembers, to divide more tasks?

  • What roles do you have already? -> just a teamleader

What do you think is the ideal group size? –> for what? On working on a project like ours?

  • what did you learn from the video w/ Chris in terms of group size? EVEN group-sizes work better for stabilizing in teams. ODD numbers are better for creativity. And also work creative by your own and than reflect in to the group.
  • GROUP 4 divided their tasks: individual work, scenario, graphic design, video…

 

Put them randomly together, or is it better to choose the group by themself?

  • There are generally two approaches – build on people’s indivdiual strengths (good for short term projects) or work on building up everyone’s skills. Then you can assign from there.

Are there differences between group-sizes for creative works, Ideal group-size? ->

  • Again, let me know your hypothesis from the Chris video, ok? EVEN group-sizes work better for stabilizing in teams. ODD numbers are better for creativity. And also work creative by your own and than reflect in to the group.

 

Group 1, group 9 could answer that (which one?) for you since they have already done that… get their attention. 🙂 ****************(2nd question)

Group 2 Questions:

Is it necessary to limit our crowdsourcing tools to 2? And if yes then why?

  • No, the only reason we suggested two was to put some boundary on the amount of work we asked you to do. The main thing is to develop an effective potential solution. If you pick more, make sure you give your REASON for picking more. Make sure you give a reason/justify for picking more (sometimes more can introduce challenges as well)

Tips for improving group organisation?

  • – have a plan / Agreements!
  • surface assumptions
  • check in frequently (do you need something from the team?)
  • have a visual way to track tasks (i.e. tools like KANBAN)
  • don’t work when hungry
  • watch out for English language misinterpretations

 

Group 3:

What can help to make sure everybody stays interested?

  • Find out what “really interests” people and build off of that?
  • Rules — > agreements
  • Share food/drink/chocolate

 

Group 4: 

– What are the main problems the groups normally face?

– What is the factor of success for the project oriented group work?

– Do you have any advices to make a group work better together?

– What are the best ways to solve disagreements in the groups?

– How to keep all the group members motivated and involved?

  • See the questions I asked group one. Context matters.

 

Group 5:

Is it ok if we use GOGO’s name while we are developing different campaigns?

  • you should ask your client…

Could you give us feedback for our video introduction plan?:

1.Few words about GOGO – when it was created, who created it.

2.Purpose and goals

3.Insights

4.What has been done so far.

5.What is needed for the future.

All the points regard the gogorobi foundation.

  • I’ll comment on the livestream when we get to your group, OK?
  • – think about what is appropriate for org. They have theme of music, something with a metaphor or a story that wraps the points around some real people. Music bringing people together. So the narrative thread. Story, Commercial. Build to important point. grab people’s attention. Alan happy to brainstorm. He is a visual thinker.

Yes, thanks.

 Group 7 Q&A:

How do we connect to the live stream? Can anyone provide a link? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyRDQusa83U

We are thinking of incorporating a weekly 15min blitz-meeting in order to make sure that everyone is on the same page – do you have any other suggestions or measures to ensure proper communication within a group?

  • visual project mangement approach like Kanban
  • blitz is a good idea. Some folks do this standing up to keep the meeting compact.
  • Nice use of team role clarity
  • Keep track of i

 Group 8 Questions:

How should we define online groups that apply to your area of research for your NGO? Where do we find those?

  • Group 8, did you watch this week’s video? Last week’s video? Both are relevant. When you get more specific questions, let me know. But this question is pretty generic, so I’m not quite sure how to respond!

 Group 9

1. We are now got to see how most of the hats apply to our NGO individually. However, we are having troubles connecting them together. Do you have any examples or insights of how this can be done?

  • Lets talk about this when your turn comes up on hangout
  • Pick the ones that make most sense to your NGO’s challenge. It may not be ALL of them. Be strategic.
  •  See if there’s any sequence. If there is, then work on it to connect them together.

2. Is there any framework used by large coorporation to keep their objectives alligned with individual department efforts? For example, a large company, has a common objective breaks up their task into groups, and those groups break up there task into groups to achieve their objectives. Is there any framework for keeping this allinged?

  • here is my OPINION (not fact) – always keep high level goals visual, clear and simple as possible and then give people lattitude to deliver towards that without micro managing. Then develop the practice of asking “does this step/project/etc. get us closer to our goals?
  • If something does NOT align w/ goals, time to talk to your manager.
  • Read “A Year Without Pants”

3. How do you structure larger groups into a smaller groups in order to make sure that everyone in the group has a specific roles to do, so that all groups could work on their project in the most efficient way?

  • There are lots of ways. Did you hear how Ciere described their team structure on the hangout? There were lots of ideas today.
  • What have you tried so far?

 Questions for Maarten 

The communicator should connect with Maarten on facebook: Maarten has more time on monday + friday 16.00 – 18.30 hour.. The double-plattform will be availale on Friday!!!! Maarten blogs in the morning what happend in the evening, than has breakfast, and also in the evening, (maarten is working for solidaridad + start his own company)

How flexible is drupal? – it is flexible and not.. hard to make drupal, what you want. You can see the options for designing a drupal-template… using blogs and put them in context…need a little bit of programming html…

MvL: Drupal technology has flexible theming, Drupal Commons has some restrictions but there are work arounds. It depends on time & budget to see if that works.

 Some questions about personal branding:- What is the personal branding policy for Solidaridad? – Do you ever find that the personal branding efforts of an individual in your organization solely fulfill the purpose of a self-promotion campaign without aiding teamwork and co-operation or honestly articulating their unique value proposition?- Has anyone on your team tried to ensure that all co-workers are able to freely and fully represent their own brand, without feeling torn between what they want to be and how their coworkers see them?- How flexible are personal brands, i.e. how can workers go about redefining their brand? Do you ensure that there is some reasonable level of consistency in how workers represent themselves?

Crowdsourcing:- Do you want to use (more) crowdsourcing for getting ideas for improvement WITHIN the company? (and what are you using at the moment) What sort of tools have helped your company so far?

Work teams: – How are the work teams organized within the company? – For what aspects does Solidaridad use workteams?

Crowdfunding:- Does your company use crowdfunding for projects? And if not, do you think crowdfunding can help you in the process of the project and why (not)? And which kind of crowdfunding do you think u need? And If its cash do you have any budget?

30-09-2013 [Work Teams]

“What size group is most useful for the design part of open and innovative design and why?

 What online architecture, tools and processes support successful design teams?

The lable underneath is called the “lower third app\”

A good tool I have used for group communication via twitter- Grouptweets allows people to tweet from their own accounts and have it published out to a shared twitter account

http://www.grouptweet.com/

We are expecting something yummy tomorrow Patrick…

Nancy, was the name of the book, “a world without ANTS? or Without PANTS?”  Scott Berkun

I couldn’t understand you. (Laura) Isabel just looked it up – PANTS!

 Lessons from This Week’s Hangout

  • Thanks Nancy, Thanks Alan, Thanks Maarten and THANKS Meggie for hosting today! GREAT HANGOUT GUYS!!!!!!
  • proud to see the hangout going so much better! (Laura)
  • YAY! (your twin in turquoise)
    • visualizing inter dependencies
    • Check ins
    • Hearing from client
    • easier – no background noise and echo, simpler to set up (smaller group)
    • Short!
    • alignment is key in anything, this way of communication is very useful, something we can learn
    • great example of how to deal w/ a non ideal situation. Created a better strategy, communication vs changing the technology
    • helped to check w/ people before hand – prep time helped.
    • interesting to see meetingwords at same time.
    • a time limit would be great per group

 Chat

Group 1: hey we are here

5:20awesome group 9: we are in!

5:28group 8: halo

6:10Janneke: Let’s use this part for chatting

6:16Group 7 :D: Group 7 is here 🙂

6:19Group 6 : sup

6:19Group 7 :D: How can we follow the live stream ?

6:28unnamed: Group 5 here

6:28Group 5: .

6:32Group 7 (Solidaderos): hello

6:41Janneke: let’s use this one for chatting from now on

6:41vinici: sorry

6:42Anna: happy birthday patryk

6:56Janneke: To group 1: please add information if you have it – now via text

6:56Group 5: should we post the questions of the group to meeting words

6:57Group 5: or should just our spokesman ask them

6:57Group 5: directly ?

6:59Laura: Nancy, we have the same color 🙂

7:00Laura: Nancy, let me find alan for you,

7:02Laura: What’s the direct hangout link? For Maarten v Leeuwen… he’ll be joining us

7:03Laura: Meggie?

7:17Laura: Maarten van Leeuwen is going to join us….

7:20Group 7 (Solidaderos): happy birthday patryk!

7:43Laura: Thank you Nancy, I keep trying to ask this! Group 9!

7:50Laura: nothing else except that we need a time limit for each group next time

7:51Laura: yes

 

 

Posted in Meeting Notes

Technology Challenges

Hi all

I’m posting this as an announcement as well as in my Faculty blog as I want to know your thoughts and opinions.

This week has been one of juggling a couple of challenges – some just for me personally, and some for the group. For me, my little under-powered netbook may be coming to the end of its useful life as my companion on the road. Google Hangout just killed it in terms of processing power and I sat here in Rossland, BC (rural Canada where I’m teaching a graphic facilitation workshop and go to Vancouver tomorrow to teach a second one) trying to type in a frozen chat stream, hear, talk… blah blah blah. It just would not work.

For our group as a whole, I can easily imagine the frustration and//or boredom in the classroom and the call for some new strategies — both in terms of technology and process — is well timed.

A couple of things I have been thinking of which have been echoed by others.

  • IF we continue to use Google Hangouts for the full group, create a circle prior to the time of the Hangout to easily invite everyone.
  • Figure out why invites are NOT showing up or visible for some members (I learned a shortcut from Alan yesterday – copy and send the URL directly to people!)
  • Get the Hangout URL and Meetingwords URL set up a half hour in advance and email to everyone.  Decide WHERE we will take notes. (That flew out the window this week and would have been even more helpful due to the bad audio quality.
  • Set up some smaller Hangouts … maybe I can do a hangout w/ two teams at a time?
  • Get clearer and more prepared for what we want to do in the hangout. It has to be high enough value to be worth the challenges.

What do you think of these ideas? What ideas do you have?

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Do the blog posts from these students resonate with you?

More blog posts from the Stanford course I mentioned earlier. As I read the blog posts, I think of all of you and your first few weeks of blogging/reflecting/learning in public.  Take a peek and see if they resonate for you http://socialmediaissues.net/

Here is a screen shot of two of the blog posts. If you feel like it, why not comment on THEIR blogs!

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Daily Page View Snapshots – Curious?

I am going to try and regularly share some screenshots of the page view stats. We can also show you “behind the scenes” of the blog if you wish.

I find it interesting to see which pages get the most page views. This week, the blogs are moving up in attention. That is a great sign!

What pages were  popular Sept 18

What pages were popular Sept 18

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What pages were  popular Sept 19

What pages were popular Sept 19

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