This is the third in a series on online collaboration for grantmakers posts. In part one, we looked at determing the value of creating a collaboration community. The second part explored challenges in facilitating collaboration. This post discusses the importance of understanding your users and the user community.
There’s a flurry of action this week as we await the start of the XVIII International AIDS Conference (#AIDS2010) in Vienna, Austria, next week. I wish I was able to attend, but am glad that many of my clients have the opportunity to go. The conference is held every two years, and is always an eye-opening and innovative event.
Forum One hosted a webinar on June 23 on online collaboration for philanthropic organizations. You can follow the one-hour archived session (or the slides on Slideshare) to get a nice slice of perspective from Amy Gipson of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Melissa Schoen of the California Healthcare Foundation.
I was invited to present last week at the University of Maryland's Human Computer Interaction Lab's workshop on Government and Social Media. We had a great discussion about how government agencies are using social media, and how the research community can support their efforts. We also saw some very cool examples of how to use NodeXL to map and understand social networks.
In the past few months, world-wide political and economic uncertainty has shaken global confidence, which in turn has resulted in continued market instability and volatility. With economic recovery inching along, all levels of government are feeling the pinch brought on by reduced tax revenue. With ever-shrinking budgets, many government entities have been forced to re-evaluate their resource allocations.
It was refreshing to attend a web communications conference where the moderator of the first panel discussion wasn't someone like me: a member of generation X or Y with an English degree who can passionately argue on behalf of his favorite Twitter client, but can't program a lick. In this case, it was the decorated computer scientist Bill Wulf.