WEB Network: The Well-Being and Equity Bridging Network

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I have been working on an exciting project along with dream team of network thinkers and people who are excited about the idea of how collective action drives health in our communities. Whether we know it or not, many of us are already practicing community well-being.

2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report [INFOGRAPHIC]

NetWits

Blackbaud, NTEN and Common Knowledge just released the fourth annual 2012 Nonprofit Social Networking Benchmark Report. The report is packed with insights into how nonprofits are leveraging social networks as part of their marketing, communications and fundraising strategies.

Community Building begins with Community Organizing

Amy Sample Ward

We focused on principles for community building and community organizing, as well as examples of both short-term and long-term engagement. Principles of Community Organizing. And maybe the community wants to endorse a specific candidate, and your organization doesn’t.

Tweetcamp: Online network moves to offline community

Amy Sample Ward

What this created was a chance for people who use Twitter to come together offline to create community. It is for the community, by the community, all thanks originally to Twitter. Here are some of my ideas: How is Tweetcamp going to move the community?

DIY Community Engagement Metrics

Amy Sample Ward

I had a lot of fun yesterday giving a webinar for the Nonprofit Webinar series ; it was a whole hour discussing community engagement! DIY Community Engagement Metrics. Community Mapping. >> Step 1: Identify all the groups within your community.

Mastering Social Networking as a Volunteer

Amy Sample Ward

Yesterday was the 2012 New York Cares Leadership Conference , and I had the distinct pleasure of presenting a session to volunteer leaders and inspiring community members. On Twitter , look up hashtags that your community uses and follow them to track conversations.

Social Networking Communities Are Migrant Communities

Nonprofit Tech for Good

Social networking communities are migrant communities. Social media skeptics often say that it’s a waste of time to utilize social networking sites because they are here today, and then gone tomorrow. The community was red hot.

How Networked Nonprofits Visualize Their Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Photo Tweeted by @starfocus during a network mapping session at NWF. Danielle connected me to Daniel Chu, Vice President, Affiliate and Regional Strategies and resident network weaving enthusiast. They used sticky notes to visualize the network. E-Mediat Networks

The Well-Being & Equity Bridging (WEB) Network

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

The last few months I have been honored to serve on a team as a trainer, a team lead by Leadership Learning Community with the purpose to activate a network focused on the intersectionality of equity, well-being, and health.

Social Media for Alumni Networks

SocialFish

Engaging and Inspiring Alumni Networks with Social Media from Beth Kanter. Case Study Content Strategy From the Trenches Open Community This nice deck by Beth Kanter should have good info for any association, not just alumni associations…!

Online Community Manager Job Description

SocialFish

Here’s the best job description we’ve come across so far, courtesy of our friend Ben Martin at Online Community Results. We’re doing lots of cool work with Ben, who’s our go-to for outsourced community management. JOB DESCRIPTION: ONLINE COMMUNITY MANAGER.

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In Defense of Community Managers

Amy Sample Ward

There are definitely times when community building and even campaigning or organizing feels just like that! But, operating as a community organizer or manager is such a filling and critical role for programs, platforms and even campaigns to be successful that the idea of herding cats turns into searching youtube for cutest kitten videos. In Defense of Community Managers. Community Managers provide key facilitation that empowers participation and engenders trust.

Online Community Building: Gardening vs Landscaping

Amy Sample Ward

My current job title includes the term “Community Builder” and I get asked nearly every day just what that means: how do you build community? where is the community you want to build? how can I be a community builder online? I want to take a break from all the hard work building community (does that get a wink?) to share some of what I believe is the core of successful community building (on or offline). Community building” is about a lot of things.

Wisdom About Networks From Encore Network

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Wisdom About Networks From Encore Network – A Guest Post by Leslye Louie and Lyle Hurst. We hope others in Beth’s network will find the SSIR article interesting and helpful. Nancy has gone on to pioneer other networks to promote the broader Encore movement. -

Online Community Organizing: Start small, think big!

Amy Sample Ward

NetSquared’s February series exploring “Online Community Organizing” includes three different interviews; I’m really excited to participate! Q: What does “online” add to the community organizing? Q: What makes a community?

The Intersection of Systems and Network Leadership

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

It made me wonder about the similarities and differences between “systems” and “networks.” ” June Holley , guru of network weaving, said “ Big overlap! ” By this definition, Network Weavers are system thinkers, if not system leaders as well.

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Technology & Community: Strategic Options for Building Movements

Amy Sample Ward

Technology and Community: Strategic Options for Movement Building. How many people hear that word and think it is just as generic as the word community? To that end, siloed brands are replaced by unifying goals that rally more than select individuals but entire communities.

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Use Case: The Community-Driven Social Impact game for Community Media Centers

Amy Sample Ward

Last month, at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference , I had the opportunity to run the Community-Driven Social Impact game in a session workshop. One of the participants was Ericha Hager, the Regional Collaborative Coordinator for Community Media Access Partnership.

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Social Community Impacts Volunteerism

Connection Cafe

Establishing a Discussion Group - When your volunteers can post and reply to messages to events they have an interest in, it facilitates a type of community in which volunteers feel more connected with their peers and committed to the cause. Author: Guest Blogger.

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The State of Community Management 2014

SocialFish

From the Community Roundtable comes the awesomest comprehensive report on communities. Those objective markers – developed in conjunction with members of TheCR Network – enable community teams to validate their approach and develop roadmaps.

Book Review: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit

Amy Sample Ward

I recently got my copy of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine. One that really speaks to me is the point that “measurement helps nonprofits understand and improve their social networks.”

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The Networked NGO in Pakistan

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Networked NGOs and Social Media Integrated Into Organizational Communications. Also on Day 2, we shared examples of Networked NGOs from different places in the world as well as used a case study exercise focusing on NGOs in Pakistan that had used social media effectively.

Membership as Living Community

SocialFish

Once upon a time I was an aspiring academic, doing field work in rural Greece and the US and publishing about communities that formed around ritual mourning and celebrations. I think this is why virtual communities resonated with me, in spite of my non-technical background.

Why Building Resilient Networks Matter

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Note from Beth: I’ve wrote about the importance of building resilience in networks given the complex and connected environment we live in today. Lessons Learned About Resilient Networks from Super Storm Sandy by Pat Brandes, Executive Director, the Barr Foundation. Networks

New on SSIR – Be Human: Temporary versus Permanent Networks

Amy Sample Ward

—– Lately, I’m thinking about the topic of cross-platform community building. I’ve written about it , submitted a session proposal with colleague Debra Askanase to the 2011 NTC, and recently had the opportunity to start a conversation on the topic of engaging your community across platforms in a GroupVine message (more information about my use of the tool at the bottom of this post). Temporary versus Permanent Networks. People are networked.

STUDY: The Business Impact of Online Communities

SocialFish

How do organizations track the impact of their online communities? How do they link the community to competitive advantage? We spoke with Vanessa DiMauro, CEO of Leader Networks, who is the lead researcher on the study to learn more.

The Art of Tidying of Your Online Professional Network Connections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I’ve just finished teaching an online course for The Knight Digital Media Center @ USC Annenberg for community foundation leaders on practical networked leadership skills. So, you might want to “Kondo” your connections in your online professional network!

Community design showcase: NTEN keeps it simple

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on Online Community Results. SocialFish and OCR partner on many online community strategy and implementation projects – contact us if you need help with yours. Let’s look at a few key parts of the community.

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Networked Nonprofit: Get the book!

Amy Sample Ward

Beth Kanter and Allison Fine ‘s book, The Networked Nonprofit , is now out and starting lots of conversations. Let’s start at the beginning: what is a “networked nonprofit&# anyway? Review the slides below for an overview and introduction to The Networked Nonprofit.

Using Online Community to Increase Member Retention

SocialFish

And of course I was excited to get a chance to talk about my favorite subject, online community, with my friend Josh Paul , in the session we presented yesterday, Using Online Community to Increase Member Retention. Two of these three can be addressed/alleviated with online community.

Cisco, nonprofit launch community network projects in northern Ohio - Computerworld

AFP Blog

Cisco, nonprofit launch community network projects in northern Ohio - Computerworld: "n a videoconference and Webcast presentation organized by Cisco, OneCommunity CEO Scot Rourke said the Cisco partnership will allow an expansion of telemedicine programs between hospitals and patients, using a $13 million federal grant, and free public Internet access for job training centers in low-income areas

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Millennials and Transparency in Online Communities

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on the Higher Logic blog , where I’m posting an ongoing series related to Millennials and online community. And don’t forget that Higher Logic clients can have access to our Essentials of Online Community Management program at a special discount.

Are you strangling your community?

SocialFish

Her new book is out and I asked her to share some thoughts about community building, a topic dear to our hearts. BUY THE BOOK – FIERCE LOYALTY: UNLOCKING THE DNA OF WILDLY SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITIES. We dictate the operations of the community.

Get Open Community on Audible

SocialFish

Open Community is now on Audible! Just answer any of these questions: How has the growth of online community changed the way you work today? Is community management part of your job? How has community management changed other business processes at your org (e.g.

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June 2011 Community Builder Chat Archive (#CommBuild)

Amy Sample Ward

The June Community Builder chat focused a lot on listening, engaging, and supporting communities with organic and emerging conversations and goals. I find that its critical to step back and help the community let itself emerge. I think that every community needs goals.

What do you think about your community platform?

SocialFish

But where do community managers go when they’re getting ready to spend $10,000 or more per year for on-domain community software? Why isn’t there a Yelp specifically for community software? Let’s flex our community manager muscles to solve this problem.

Networks Are Beautiful

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Bob Agres Executive Director of Hawai’i Alliance for Community Based Economic Development said that network weaving is the humility to discover the unique gift of each person you encounter and to connect it with a need. NetworksPhoto by Rumpleteaser.

How Purpose Will Power Future Online Communities

SocialFish

What if there was a way to create sustained engagement in communities and collaborative experiences that harnessed genuine motivation and strove for positive outcomes for participants? Purpose-Driven Communities. Tactical goals in the context of a community experience, yes.

2011 Non-profit Social Networking Survey

NetWits

I just got an email from Holly Ross, the Executive Director of the Non-profit Technology Network – better known as NTEN. What’s the Nonprofit Social Networking Survey? Facebook, Twitter); average community size in Twitter rose 627% to 1,792.

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What’s in Your Community Manager Job Description?

SocialFish

This post originally appeared on Online Community Results. SocialFish and OCR partner on many online community strategy and implementation projects – contact us if you need help with yours. ————— Are you thinking of hiring a community manager?

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Social Media, Networks, and Data in Patient Healthcare Networks

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

This post summarizes some of the insights related to the effective use of networks and data in healthcare information and patient advocacy. It got started in upstate NY by Pat Quinn and through social networks, it spread to Pete Frates. Click for Twitter Transcript.

Join the monthly Community Building chats!

Amy Sample Ward

Two weeks ago I shared a couple reflections that I had on a recent #4change chat about community building – the major output from that chat and the follow up blog post was the call I heard for a regular opportunity to talk about community building. Monthly Community Builder Chats. What: Community Building Across Platforms. Tags: community events 4change chats community buidling community management twitter chats

How Purpose Will Power Future Online Communities

SocialFish

What if there was a way to create sustained engagement in communities and collaborative experiences that harnessed genuine motivation and strove for positive outcomes for participants? Purpose-Driven Communities. Tactical goals in the context of a community experience, yes.