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This presentation was delivered at the District 9970 Club Leadership and Officers Seminar/District Assembly March 2010, Christchurch, New Zealand

This presentation was delivered at the District 9970 Club Leadership and Officers Seminar/District Assembly March 2010, Christchurch, New Zealand

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  • This presentation was delivered at the District 9970 Club Leadership and Officers Seminar/District Assembly March 2010, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • This slide shows a playground that the Rata Teachers’ Support built for the Ark, a school in Cape Town. I acknowledge the work that Rotary undertakes in this respect and the work that local Rotarians undertook to build a playground for Richmond School. The contribution to schools is valued greatly by educators, especially those in low decile schools.
  • Web 2.0 - The internet allows us to communicate in new ways. It is fast, connected and global.
  • Searching for a local club brings up this information.
  • Twitter is a microblogging tool of 140 characters only. It connects people in extraordinary ways. My next exploration into Rotary took me to some Rotary twitter sites!
  • Twitter comments show a strong connection and pride.
  • The ongoing conversation allows for quick sharing of ideas and photos. Note the numbers following this site – followers on the right hand side.
  • Moving to Sydney? Again some ongoing conversation and also connected to Facebook.
  • I gathered further information using a free web tool called Polldaddy, tweeting the poll to my followers. An immediate reply from a Rotarian, 41-50 Female who has been a member for less than a year was as follows.
  • The internet blurs boundaries and forces us to think differently. There are opportunities to use social networking tools to extend relationships. Face to face is still important and digital communication is groing.Seth Godin refers to tribes as a group of people you want to belong to and that you communicate with. Tribes can exist on the internet as well as face to face, and are increasingly important online. What does this mean for the future of rotary and its membership?
  • The idea of an actual fellowship grew when Rotarian Darryl McKeller from New Zealand started talking on the list about trying to form a new Rotary International fellowship on the Internet specifically created for Rotarians using the internet.
  • A comment from the ROTI site says…
  • I disagree that “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Membership organisations have declining rolls and this inward focus stops growth. We have to look outwards. If we don’t keep scanning the horizon we will suddenly realise the organisation has gone into decline. We are either going forward or backward. So take “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” out of the vocab!!
  • The world’s first web based internet club.Over 50 members. This would be the only club I could join – less people are in one place week after week
  • The role of YouthI have a great deal of faith in the youth of today.The NZ Curriculum is one example where students are expected to build the competencies to be competent contributors. These five competencies are built into the curriculum. Participating and Contributing is about giving back to others, to global and local citizenship. This is what Rotary has always done so well.Schools are increasingly connecting with real life projects. Hermit Park School – Townsville – the students are global citizens first, undertaking projects around the world as social action.
  • Twenty Five Ways to Make a DifferenceLaura was a 5th grader when she started this blog, as part of her writing in class. She decided that she would make a difference in some small way, each day for 25 days, as a tribute to her grandfather, recently passed away. At the end of this time she continued to new projects, each month choosing a cause to support. Her conversation inspired others to do the same. Over 35, 000 people have visited her blog – started before she was even at intermediate school. Our children are world changers – what does this mean for future Rotarians?
  • TakingITGlobal, which is also known as TIG, is a charitable non-governmental organization focusing on global issues by promoting awareness and engagement among global youth. It was founded in 1999 in Toronto, Canada by Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk, who are the Executive Director and Director of Technology respectively.[1] TIG uses an online social network aimed primarily at youth to raise awareness and discussion on a number of global issues and encourages youth to take action that affects their local and global communities. Often cited as “the world’s largest community for young people interested in positive change” [2], TIG’s membership has exceeded 230,000 active members from about 261 countries, as of February 2009. [3] Their monthly growth rate has been estimated to be about 10%.[2] While a majority of the organization’s work is conducted through their website, TIG has also organized online e-courses, training programs and youth forums.[4]Organisations can link in to support – 3 Rotary clubs are listed. There are implications for long term collaboration that connect with youth in new ways.
  • Check out the You Tube videos on the last slide for more information.In NZ 2025 it is estimated that we will be 1/3 European/Pakeha, 1/3 Maori/Pasifika and 1/3 Asian. Is this the face we see today? What are the implications?
  • Leadership needs to be grown at all levels in order to cater for the diverse needs of the future. We need to think differently.
  • An example of a site made from the free version of Wordpress. Membership since this was created has increased because:It is an ongoing conversation – latest events and photos and mapsIt is sustainable because five people all upload – it reduces reliance on any one club member
  • Evidence of what works, good practiceEven the US Army has a department for compiling lessons learned. How do you learn from the thriving clubs?
  • The Rotel – an example of combining ideas. How can Rotary think differently.
  • CEO American Girl Scouts. Peter Drucker Foundation. Adviser to the US Army.Every leader must be accountable for building a diverse team [fits in with HBDI]. If we don’t consider demographics we become very insular –“When we cling to our insider vocabulary, we end up talking to ourselves” (p.108). To accept diversity we need to scan the environment - gather current and credible information about our workforce, our boards, our supporters, our customers and our communities (p.120). The leader needs to have a clear vision for a diverse future.“When our potential customers look at us, can they find themselves?”
  • Leadership in these times means scanning the environment for those few trends that will have the greatest impact on the enterprise – identifying those few straws in the wind, not yet trends, that may change our directionDrucker says we need to abandon things that don’t further our mission. We must remain mission focused. “If it doesn’t further the mission, over the side it goes” (p.22).Give up programmes that might work today but will have little relevance in the futurePlanned abandonment is the ultimate management mission”. There must be no sacred cows – challenge the status quo. 
  • Neuroscientists have a saying – Brains that fire together wire together. We get stuck in our ways and follow the wide neurological pathways. We need to take a risk and move off the beaten track from time to time. The courage to change requires us to learn, unlearn and relearn. Be prepared to wander off the path knowing that your colleagues will support you.
  • Transcript

    • 1. Into the futureSome thoughts for RotaryDistrict 9970
      Dr Cheryl Doig
    • 2.
    • 3. Chinese citizens translated latest Harry Potter collaboratively on web in 48 hours #bbfuture
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    • 9. To give back to the community where I live
      To mix with people outside of education
      to engage in stimulating discussions and socialize with intelligent and interesting people
      I would love to see our club make better use of technology eg. Even a website would be good but also an electronic way of making apologies and even preparing for meetingswould like to encourage more females and younger people into clubmore family oriented - seems to have lost that focus along the wayhave a variety of formats for meetings - shouldn't always have to be in same place
    • 10. Community
      Why this tribe?
      Ethical foundations
    • 11.
    • 12. As we enter the 21st century, ROTI is conscious of our responsibility to ensure that new technologies are used effectively to help our organization. At the same time, we need to remember the old adage "If it isn't broken, don't fix it".
    • 13. As we enter the 21st century, ROTI is conscious of our responsibility to ensure that new technologies are used effectively to help our organization. At the same time, we need to remember the old adage "If it isn't broken, don't fix it".
    • 14. 9. How can you have any fellowship in Rotary eClub One?RESPONSE:We have a weekly fellowship meeting through our Fellowship Forum on our website. Also, with email, voice over IP, teleconferences, collaboration software and face-to-face meetings we have become a cohesive group of friends who share.
      We provide an opportunity for all our members to meet face-to-face once a year at an event prior to the Rotary International Convention.
    • 15. Managing Self
      Relating to Others
      Managing Language, Symbols and text
      Participating and Contributing
    • 16.
      Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
    • 17. TakingITGlobal
      TakingITGlobal is about to reach a milestone, the sign up of our three hundred thousandth member. Where in the world will they be from?
    • 18. Work in the future…
      14 jobs by 38
      1.5 years per job role
      If facebook were a country it would be double the size of Japan
      In 10 years it is predicted that the number one English speaking country in the world will be China
    • 19. Growing leaders
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    • 21. If membership organisations are to survive…
      What really matters in this organisation?
      Evolution is a process from conservation to transformation.
      What are you trying to preserve?
      Center for Lessons Learned – US Army (CALL)
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    • 23. Frances Hesselbein
      If I’m a Navajo child on a reservation, a newly arrived Vietnamese child, or a blue eyed girl in a New England home with picket fences, I have been able to open [the Girl Scout handbook] and find myself there….That’s a very powerful message that ‘I’m not an outsider. I’m part of something big.’
      “When we cling to our insider vocabulary, we end up talking to ourselves”
    • 24. Scanning the environment
      The fringes – not legitimised nor utterly rejected by the centre
      Most cherished vital beliefs
      Ideas that the majority reject
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    • 26. You Tube Videos
      Did You Know 4.0
      Shift Happens 2009