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Jenn Kramer
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Hello, Online Collaborators! 
Hope this note finds you well. I wanted to let you know I’ll be transitioning back to clinical social work in March and therefore will no longer be the community liaison at Solvable, and have passed the reins of this group to James. I have loved meeting and learning alongside colleagues in community and online collaboration, and so appreciated your thoughtful posts, the  ideas shared during Hangouts (+Zachary Chastain, +Allison Leahy, +Bryan Oak, +jon harding, +Angela Dunn, +Marc Smith+Alistair Calder, +Lisa Goldstein, +Cappy Popp, +James T) and of course, just getting to know each of you. Thank you for an enlightening year! 
Best wishes,
Jenn
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Best of luck to you Jenn.  I learned much from you. 
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Welcome, new members! Please introduce yourselves in Introductions and feel free to post questions, thoughts or ideas you'd like to share or run by the group. 
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It gets quiet when someone has a new baby (well...quiet for the group but perhaps not for him :). Congrat's, +James T! 
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Thanks everyone. It's been great so far (apart from the lack of sleep)!
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Anyone using network analysis tools in their communities? Curious to know what you're using and how you're using the data.
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How timely! :) Thanks, Allison. If I can't catch it, I'll  watch it later this week. 
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Hello, All!

James and I are back from our summer hiatus and eager to re-engage. I am curious to know what you're working on and what your biggest collaborative challenges were over the summer. I can tell you one of mine: small research community activity is hard to sustain during holiday seasons! 

What challenges did you face this summer in your collaborative communities?
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Welcome back Jenn and +James T!  Summer didn't slow the Ning community down! Plenty of changes afoot to keep us on our toes. The biggest challenges on my end have been keeping up with all the questions while executing a broader communications plan and managing our social channels to boot. 

+Mike Collins, I'm very glad to hear the spammy sign-ups are slowing down. Frequent change of the sign-up quiz helps a ton in my experience. I've rallied our engineering team to release an update to the prevention tools and these should be deployed this week.

My colleague Ioana and I will be hosting a webinar on Groups for Ning 3.0 (register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/243158462). And there's a short professional demo video available on the Groups feature page (http://www.ning.com/groups/). 

+Jenn Kramer, I haven't come across much content related to online community migrating to new sites, but will be documenting my experience with the Creators community when we transition over to the Ning 3.0 Platform. Fortunately, we'll be able to mitigate a lot of the negative impact of transitioning to an entirely new platform since member data and all content will transfer, URLs will redirect and subdomains will transfer, and almost all design elements can be replicated. (Members may not even have to log in again thanks to the magic of cookies!)
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Interesting infographic on the Spectrum of Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). Helps give a framework for considering stakeholder engagement goals/executables. Thanks for the link, +Adam Lerner. 
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Hi Folks,

James and I are wondering whether there are some burning topics folks would like to address in future Hangouts. Ideally we will identify a few winning options (and can perhaps find guest experts to join us). 

That said, if engaging asynchronously via posted discussions works better for this community, we'd like to hear that, too. 

This is a good time to speak up about what you'd like to learn/experience! Thanks for you input!
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Jump back! And there it is. Great ideas from you, as always. Adding to list.
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Happy New Year, Folks! 
I came across this Scoop.it curated by +June Holley on network leadership and found it quite relevant to this group. More specifically, there are links to great articles on social media based communities of practice and connected learning. I'd be curious to know which of Wenger's indicators of community you find most applicable in your communities (from "The Social Body of Knowledge: Nurturing Organizational Social Capital via Social Media Based Communities of Practice,").  
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This is long, but has a lot of great community insights from community guru +Vanessa DiMauro. 
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You're right +Jenn Kramer plenty to get your head around, certainly makes you step back and think about not only communities, but wider use of social media platforms to promote your business.

Aside from making time to manage content & engagement, my main challenge is understanding who's actually following/viewing updates and whether they are potential customers, collaborators or competition;-) so many are largely just passive observers, yet must be gleaning some value, or I guess they'd just stop & withdraw completely.


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"And as organizations grow in size and complexity, it becomes even more critical to distribute the leadership load. Conventional structures that rely upon concentrated leadership to drive decisions towards the center run the risk of becoming constrained by their own organization. They also lose the opportunity to empower a much broader base of competent leaders. The capacity of the organization increases when it distributes the leadership load to competent leaders on the ground who can make the best knowledge-based decisions."  - Terri Kelly.

This certainly applies in communities. This article is the first of a few that I'll be posting on distributed leadership. How does distributed leadership play out in your communities? What are the ingredients that cultivate it? What are the challenges?
The model of the single powerful leader who operates through command and control is attractive in its simplicity. This model of leadership often gets reinforced in the media, as well as by demanding shareholders. In reality, it is impractical to expect the single leader to have all the answers, and history has shown that relying upon rigid control mechanisms will not prevent catastrophic outcomes. It’s far better to rely upon a broad base of indi...
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Oooh, great article. Ning totally subscribes to the distributed leadership model and I've seen the many ways it has made us more resilient as a company. 

Will have to noodle on the ways we apply this to our community. 
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Curious which conferences are big draws for health researchers. Ideas? 
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Thanks for your interest in our group, +Collaboration through Storytelling and +ET Group! We would love to have people from your organizations join rather than your branded pages. Thanks! 
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