Archive for July, 2011

How to encourage involvement in online communities.

July 27, 2011 Leave a comment

This is a great little video, well 20mins from Tiffany St James at the lift conference and thanks to Steve Dale @stephendale for pointing it out.

Tiffany talks about how people are using online communities to galvanise like-minded participants into action and what we can learn from grass-roots community collaboration to support our own endeavours.

But check out about 4 minutes in to the video as there is a great screen shot from last years Local by Social Online Conference.   Which was a great success and all thanks to the hard work of Ingrid Koehler @ingridk and Charlotte Hayes @charliegirlhay

Now just need to work out how to embed the video into WordPress.


25 blogging styles and when to use each one

July 15, 2011 Leave a comment

I was asked the other day for some advice on blogging. I’m still learning and there are some great bloggers out on the CoP platform that you should check out.

But I did come across this by Rohit Bhorgova. I didn’t realise there where so many styles of blogging. I’ve picked a few from the 25 examples. And remember the figures are if you want to make an impact across the web.


Instant Blogging– Sharing Insights, original ideas, commentary or trends on a particular topic. Many consider this the most difficult type of blogging to do.

  • Max times per week: 5+
  • Buzz Index: 4
  • Difficulty: Hard

Ambition Blogging – Blogging about something with the aim of trying to attain it – usually by targeting the decision makers through the blog post.

  • Max times per week: 1
  • Buzz Index: 2
  • Difficulty: Easy

Meme Blogging – Starting a thread of discussion by sharing your response to a query and then challenging other bloggers to answer it on their own blogs.

  • Max times per week: 1
  • Buzz Index: 5
  • Difficulty: Medium

Announcement Blogging – Break news about an announcement or news that was not previously available elsewhere. For maximum effect, being the first to break the news matters most.

  • Max times per week: 5+
  • Buzz Index: 5
  • Difficulty: Hard

Link Blogging – Collecting a series of links to websites, blogs or other online content to create a list of resources with links in a single blog post.

  • Max times per week: 2
  • Buzz Index: 4
  • Difficulty: Medium

Evangelist Blogging – Passionate blog post sharing an affinity and support for a social cause, organisation, product or individual that you believe in.

These posts are meant to inspire others to believe in the same thing.

  • Max times per week: 5+
  • Buzz Index: 3
  • Difficulty: Medium

The Importance of Community Facilitation

July 7, 2011 Leave a comment

The other week I was asked to do a presentation for the Government of Singapore Delegation around the facilitation of communities of practice.

This is my presentation.

The thing I wanted to emphasis was the Impotence of the facilitator in making the community tick.

There are lots of analogues such as the party host and jack of all trades.

And I also went on to say the sorts of activates that the facilitator do.  And what happens when the facilitators leave’s.

There are a few figures looking at the avoidable costs that communities can make.

I also mentioned the training we provide and what the KM team does behind the scenes of the CoP platform.

And finished off with one of the great images that have been drawn in the training sessions when it comes to describing what a community facilitator looks like.

Why communities of practice succeed and why they fail

July 5, 2011 Leave a comment

I was just scanning through my H-drive looking for something and came across this document by Gilbert Probst and Stefano Borzillo.

It’s a few years old but has some great examples of why communities succeed or fail in organisations and has some really good examples and quote.

The headlines are

Communities of Practice succeed when you:

  1. Stick to strategic objectives
  2. Divide objectives into sub-topics
  3. Form governance committees with sponsors and COP leaders
  4. Have a sponsor and a COP leader who are ‘‘best practice control agents”
  5. Regularly feed the COP with external expertise
  6. Promote access to other intra- and interorganizational networks
  7. The COP leader must have a driver and promoter role
  8. Overcome hierarchy-related pressures
  9. Provide the sponsor with measurable performance
  10. Illustrate results for COP members

Communities of Practice fail when there is a:

  1. Lack of a core group
  2. Low level of one-to-one interaction between members
  3. Rigidity of competences
  4. Lack of identification with the COP
  5. Practice intangibility

If you would like to read more this link will download the full pdf

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