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Virtual Collaboration Tools for Networks, Participation, Transparency

Posted by Steve Waddell in Communications on January 31, 2012

A survey of a half dozen global networks revealed that their use of virtual collaboration tools is amazingly rudimentary.  A couple of colleagues and I discovered that when identifying tools for GOLDEN to use.  We wanted virtual platforms to support three functions:  contact management, document collaboration, and project planning.  And...

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Virtual Tools for Participation

Posted by Steve Waddell in Communications on January 18, 2012

“Public participation…is (a) realm in which other countries are advancing beyond the United States, turning us from a leader to a follower in democratic innovation.”  Thus begins an information-ladden short response to the White House’s request for “thoughts” about the US Government’s Open Government Initiative.  It contains good information to...

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What’s In A Social Media Policy?

Posted by Steve Waddell in Communications on April 7, 2011

Use of social media by change networks is absolutely essential.  Rather than the traditional media that focuses on "telling" people things, social media strategies are about creating a platform for sharing and generating information.  This is a blog by Beth Kanter that recently appeared on her site Beth's Blog.  Beth...

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Seven Complexity Implications for Multi-Stakeholder Networks

Posted by Steve Waddell in Communications, Leadership, Learning, M&E on December 21, 2010

Learning to work with complexity is absolutely essential for people working with multi-stakeholder networks.  It’s key to effective leadership, network development, impact measurement, communications, and change strategies.  A multi-stakeholder change network developing all these for a complicated rather than complex system is bound to fail…or at least fall far short...

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Building Change Networks through Social Media

Posted by Steve Waddell in Communications on October 12, 2010

Social media maven Beth Kanter has teamed up with Allison Fine to produce The Networked Nonprofit: Connecting with Social Media to Drive Change. The book is a primer for moving from an organizational to network mindset through social media. This complements the shift that I described last week in terms...

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