You can also comment on the topics by logging as AIIM members to the aiim.org/community site. John has a post about the future of chapters that has some good conversation started. Thanks!
But - I believe that this path will help AIIM to grow and provide value to the members now and in the future.
In an era where anyone can start a community anytime (platforms are for free), it's essential for AIIM to be a central point where info & data professionals can meet, learn, organize themselves, solve problems etc. The proposed changes will help us get there I believe - what are the next steps?
"We've had a number of Board and internal conversations about engagement and how we build a model of engagement that is appropriate for the web/Internet/Facebook/LinkedIn era. I should add at this point that LOTS of other associations are having similar conversations right now.
After a lot of round and round, and likely getting way too tactical too soon, I decided to try and write down a draft set of strategic principles for the future. My thought is that this might serve as the basis for lots of conversations -- both here, in person, and with staff, as well as with the President's Advisory Council -- that could lead us to a discussion at the AIIM Board meetings in September and December.
So here goes. A set of draft principles -- consider it Draft 1.0 of "Strategic Principles for AIIM Engagement -- 2016." Would love your thoughts and ideas.
Draft Strategic Principles for AIIM Engagement -- 2016
1) It should be simple, enjoyable and rewarding to be a chapter leader, with the emphasis on leadership and engagement rather than administration.
2) “Chapters” are a way for our community to organize to meet and discuss their particular business problems online and in person. Although “chapters” are currently defined solely in terms of local geography, local geography is not the only way for AIIM community members to organize.
3) Chapters should be extremely easy to create, join, leave, and close as needs change.
4) Chapters should be as open and as friction-free as possible – i.e., professional membership in AIIM should not be required to engage in a chapter activity.
5) Chapter growth should be a top priority of AIIM HQ.
6) It doesn't matter what size chapters start at, as long as they continue to grow over time.
7) Chapters should be fun, engaging and collaborative to attract a younger audience.
8) The structure of chapters should be flat and flexible, but also standard.
9) We need to move beyond our current rigid structures driven by legalistic bylaws and their associated title-based structures (treasurer, secretary, president, vice president).
10) At the same time, in order to have a structure that is predictable, supportable, and scalable, there needs to be a consistent organizational and operational framework for chapters.
11) All new initiatives should be in this structure.
12) All existing chapters should fold into this structure at an agreed-upon point in the future.
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Before doing any new structural changes within the AIIM organization, I would first review now your current structure collaborates within itself.
I have the AIIM BPM Masters cert. and Professional membership from the London offices when I returned to the US, I tried to sign up on the US offices site. No go. I was told i needed to join AIIM as a member.
I explained I had a membership it was through the London offices. Still no go. Why would this be and issue, if the organization had good communications with itself? If the membership expired which it had not or the membership from London did not transfer which it should then how come no one could tell me these seemingly simple operational items?
So, before introducing something new try reviewing improvements of the old. It may help to read my article on Change Management.
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