Using the inspiration of User Voice’s Community Manager Appreciation Day Cards.
I put these together as a simple way for community members to quickly say thank you to the community facilitators that look after them so well on the Knowledge Hub.
So on Monday for Community Manager Appreciation Day. I expect to see a few of these flying about
Richard Overy got me interested in the idea of infographics and I’ve tried it out myself since.
Check out the Information Graphics and Visualisation Community
And since then I have been asked on a few ocasions to explain infographics. So when I got to see such a great post from Beth Kanter. I decided to pinch a few pictures from it as there is no need to explain it.
Just look at the pictures
I met Eddie last year and one of the Knowledge and Innovation Network meetings and he has done a great presentation at Ted Talk’s on Why Short term thinking leads to short term results… and long term failure and how smart failure is the way to go.
Just in case you have not heard of Community Manager Appreciation Day, here’s a little bit of background.
In 2010, Jeremiah Owyang declared every 4th Monday in January as “Community Manager Appreciation Day.” This day is meant to recognise and celebrate efforts of community managers/facilitators around the world. Wikipedia.
It’s pretty awesome that community management/facilitation is now seen as an important role and that it gets its own special day.
Jeremiah explains the idea behind Community Manager Appreciation Day in this little Video
Big thanks to Tim McDonald at My Community Manager for putting it together
I have been supporting community facilitators for the last six years on the IDeA’s Communities of Practice Platform and now on the LGA’s Knowledge Hub its replacement
I heard about #CMAD a few years ago and since then every year I would personally thank some of those top facilitators with a quick call or if they worked in the same office they would get a little hello and a big thank you.
But I wanted to do something bigger and better. Well it’s not going to be huge. So I have arranged a little gathering of some of those facilitators in London and invited a few guest to come along and share their experiences of being a facilitator. There will be cake to celebrate. I do hope people like Cheesecake and a few prizes.
But alongside this I will be doing a big push to encourage members of the Knowledge Hub to show their appreciation to the community facilitators that look after them
I’m even suggesting ideas on how to do it. It’s not often they get thanks. And just one thank you could make all the difference.
P.S. If anyone in the London area fancies joining forces for some sort event to celebrate #cmad next year please let me know.
Inspiration comes in various forms. And after looking a Mattan Griffel’s presentation on Slideshare about growth hacking, that has some great stuff that I can use with online communities. It reminded me of the underpants gnomes
One of the things that I have noticed over a few years is the similarities between project planning and planning for communities of practice.
The better the plan, the clearer the purpose and realistic the objectives are the more chance you have of being successful.
But every now and then this does not happen. You may have enthusiastic people that want to push forwards. But unless you know where you are going and what you are trying to do. It can lead to issues.
The underpants gnomes where enthusiastic but this was their plan.
Phase 1: Collect underpants
Phase 2: ?
Phase 3: Profit
Can you see where they need some help?