A more cohesive membership strategy is the one opportunity for DoR to connect all these initiatives and the larger events we organise together in a sustainable way: add some new technologies into the workflow to help with the administrative workload; add some new online opportunities for readers to interact with the newsroom; offer an online option for those who wish to support us but don’t want a subscription to a print product; and find better ways to connect our events to our online conversations with our community.
ir answers, if they feel like it ta…tatistically relevant and that the questions were asked clearly and didn’t put off the respondents. One of the things we learned was that too many compulsory open-ended questions could lead to respondents abandoning the survey and not submitting their answers, if they feel like it takes too much time to fill it in (a sad finding for journalists who love open-ended questions).
TL;DR takeaway: While a move to membership is not about altering the journalistic practices at DoR, it requires a lot of thinking about how we communicate our mission, in order to ensure that our readers and supporters understand the value our work brings into their lives. In January 2019 we organised a three day brainstorming to start the year with a shared understanding…
Personal relationships are everything. But they don’t necessarily have to be with you. These person-person relationships are like glue. They create (often unspoken) social contracts. It can be tempting for the organisation at the core of community to want to be at the centre of everything. But this quickly becomes a limiting factor. Organisations can instead play a role in sustaining relationships made between community members, by creating opportunities for people to connect.
…o slow down a bit! I can give groups more time with activities before I move them on. Less is more. There is a bizarre dynamic with time when you’re facilitating. For ages I felt that my learning edge with facilitation was keeping things to time, and taking cont…
Have a sense of your advocacy ‘metrics’. How would you know if you were succeeding? Whether it’s counting new community members, referrals, interactions, contributions, or something else entirely, it helps to know what good looks like.
to want to be at the centre of everything. But this quickly becomes a limiting factor…of community to want to be at the centre of everything. But this quickly becomes a limiting factor. Organisations can instead play a role in sustaining relationships made between community members, by creating opportunities for people to connect.
Engaging advocates is all about building trust and power in others. This should be about facilitating rather than teaching or directing a community. This means providing tools, guidance and structure that helps people to act without needing continual permission or management. There should be plenty of space for people to be autonomous, creative and purposeful.