Rebooting a Group

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Somehow I stumbled across the NetSquared community, there was a call for new leadership in my city, Melbourne.

I didn't know about NetSquared, so hunted around a bit on the net and read a few stories.

One of the things that has been missing in my long association within the nonprofit sector was connection to other ICT professionals, ways to explore new technology and to be able to talk with others about the barriers that keep coming up for small NFPs.

I had a look at the MeetUp group and saw that it had over 500 members on the mailing list. That was quite impressive I thought. At the same time a little daunting, what if I started this and suddenly had 500 faces looking expectantly at me?

So, the group hadn’t meet in a couple of years, and a quick look at the Meetup history shows that there’s never been any more than 30 people attend. That’s a relief!

Now to try and rebuild the group to see if I can get it working.

I’m passionate about social change in our civil society and can see how social media and meeting with like minded people can change the world!

One step at a time.

Eli from NetSquared helps me get things in order and I’m underway. I establish a Twitter account, a Facebook Group and rejig the MeetUp group with all the new information.

I send an email to the group, all 500 of them. Not a single response. This is going to be a little harder than I thought.

I progress regardless, start tweeting things from the Netsquared account and retweeting from my personal account. I being to post to the Facebook Group. Hoping to attract some attention.

Next step is to set up the first meeting. I was rather hoping for some ideas from the group, the fallback position is I have to do it I guess. I pick a topic that I know a little about, controlling social media accounts in a non-profit and again send out the details.

Crazily I monitor the page all day expecting the RSVPs to come rolling in. It takes 30 hours to get 4 RSVPs. One is mine, one from the other side of the world and two locals.

Still, it’s a month away, so plenty of time to keep plugging the event.

I put together a survey to find out what the group members want, hoping that I may get some attention. I model it on a couple of surveys from the organisers handbook site and use Google Forms.

Sending it out to the group again, I go crazy hitting the refresh button.

Takes about 6 hours to get 5 responses.

Oh well. I’m committed to the cause, I’ll continue to promote the event and hope to build a strong supportive community that can then help those around us.

We all deserve to live in a civil society.

Gregory Storer