As part of the Global Leadership Council of NetSquared we’ve been talking about the vision of NetSquared and what value this can bring to the network of people that voluntarily organise regular meetups about non-profit technology.
There are lots or words and thoughts over at the NetSquared blog. I’ll admit I’m a bit lost as to where it is going. Therefore, I plan to respond via simple and potentially cheeky blog posts – this being the first of them!
When Global Networks Don’t Engage
I’m a “member” of various global / national / local networks that want to make change. On the whole, I value and respect their work and approach.
But – sometimes I have my head in my hands….
So – If you want to build a global community network, maybe:
Don’t Take Me For Granted
Yes, Avaaz, I understand that the causes are important. I understand this network is millions deep. I’ll do what I can. I care. But I ONLY get emails from you to sign a petition or contribute some money. I sign the campaign. And then get another. And another. Is that all I need to do? Just keep on clicking…
38 Degrees. People, Power. Change. Again, I sign their petitions. One day, I got this email from them:
Looked interesting. Nice to think of us in Manchester.
However, hidden deep down in the email footer was:
Ah, OK, got it. You just want me to make you look good on tele! Honestly.
Don’t Pretend You’re Really Here
The Open Knowledge Foundation are doing some great work around open data. I go to their conferences/festivals, and welcome their news and discussions.
They also claim to have a “chapter” in Manchester, founded in Novermber 2011:
Being keen on open data, I joined it. Haven’t heard a thing. Nothing.
Meanwhile, Open Data Manchester continues to meet and develop open data initiatives locally. It has done for over two years. Pity the OKF didn’t enquire beforehand…
What Can NetSquared Learn About This?
Engagement is tricky. Don’t think it can happen when you jump/email/setup a meetup group.