Ohio Prevention and Education Conference, Columbus, OH November 18-19, 2009
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So, we’re going to take a little road trip - for the next 90 minutes.
Let’s step back into our own experience. First fax machines? Your first computer? -- Used your first mouse? --You used to have to stand next to the phone, tethered by that curly cord, to talk on it? -- Do you remember where you went for information BG - before Google? Before the Internet and search engines? -- Do you remember when websites were read only?
Kick off with this notion: Is social media a fad or fundamental change? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIFYPQjYhv8
While we were busy with prevention science, assessment, evidence-based practices, building capacity, figuring out sustainabiity --other disciplines were equally busy creating/inventing their own unique contributions.
Busy creating ways for us to use Internet technologies to come together across time and distance so we could engage, share, learn (and of course make money). Many of the geeks I know really are about the same thing we are - changing the world for the better.
The Web finally went SOCIAL - fewer read only websites - and a plethora of social tools bringing us together to: Connect, listen, create, collect, learn, collaborate and more. Not so much focused on tech but people in prevention using tech. http://www.flickr.com/photos/stopdown/487027583/
First stop. What is social media?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQEoq5LO-n4 The Case Foundation
At its simplest -- Social media is people having conversations online. It is NOT fluff, not optional and not going away!
So if all that’s true and social media is changing the way we communicate -- what changes when we change the way we communicate? Hold onto that question. .. First lets look at current tools.
What are the tools we usually use for communicating with people and building capacity … meetings, trainings, conferences, email, conference calls, programs, practices and even policies. What happened when faxing became a common option? Our tools are changing as are our expectations and intentions
Second Stop. We make the technologies and then the technologies make us. Social media technologies are changing the way we think, work, communicate and play because they are more about us than about the tech. http://www.flickr.com/photos/billselak/2147464701/
The basic shifts.
We are learning new dance steps.
Hard to choose social media tools until you have a chance to explore them and identify possibilities.
What struck you as you played the game?
Next stop, Why does it matter? The question for many of us - is Why?
Forrester Researchers Josh Bernoff and Charlene Li conducted and published research on what is often called the ladder of engagement. http://www.forrester.com/Groundswell/index.html
Show of hands - how many in this room publish web pages, write blogs, upload video to sites like youtube? Creators grew slowly. Evidence suggests creating is more a matter of temperament than technology.
How many in this room comment on blogs and post ratings and reviews online? The explanation for no-growth here (Bernoff) is that most of the commenting is now going on inside social networks.
How many in this room use RSS or sites like Delicious or Diigo to tag web pages and gather information? This area is only showing very small growth - surprising to me that RSS and tagging haven’t caught on better. Powerful tools.
Show of hands, how many belong to a social networking site? Joiners category has exploded! Social networking sites are the rage.
How many of us read blogs, watch videos online or listen to podcasts and online audio? Spectators have become nearly universal. If people are online they are reading blogs, watching videos or listening to podcasts.
There is a fast falling number of people who are online e.g., do email or participate behind the firewalls of organizations but don’t really do social media. Rates have fallen dramatically.
First step, be all ears. Listen, gather data, information, learn. Get a sense of where the conversations involving your work or issue are going on online. How do you do that?
Observe, listen http://www.flickr.com/photos/brutalworks/39868154/ Some find spending time observing and listening to the culture is helpful just like it is in many situations, e.g., moving to a new neighborhood/community; joining a new class or group or coalition;
A great place to start is Google News alerts. They are easy to set up, you have control on how often you receive alerts. You also control what kind of information is searched for and the sources reviewed. You will need to establish a free Google account to use Google News. Vanity search Keywords e.g., underage drinking, binge drinking, gambling, substance abuse, community coalitions, etc. You’ll need to play with the terms to find the ones that bring you what you are looking for.
Be sure and establish some kind of reader, Google Reader, Bloglines or one like this on Netvibes (or others as you wish). A reader brings information you want to you - you won’t need to search or revisit a site to see if anything new has been added. Because of RSS, you will know when new information is added because it will show up in your reader. With a reader you can review hundreds of postings in a very short period of time. If you are looking for a starter list of coalition blogs - you’ll find a coalition blog roll on Connected Communities.
Scan the stories and log them on a tracking worksheet like the one in handout. Check the different blog sources through Technorati or Blog Pulse (other choice) for rank and authority. Then comment on a few appropriate posts that fit with your work to establish a relationship and presence online. Invite others to comment on your blog or network.
Where are the people you want to engage (customers, colleeagues)? Find the places where other people you share a common interest with hang out. Connect, join http://www.flickr.com/photos/xadrian/581385733/ Connect, (Join) let the technology help you find others with whom you share a common interest If you are already acquainted as a network, you’re very lucky - it makes it easier to engage in social media (established relationships)
Contribute by commenting. It is as easy as sending an email.
This is usually where people ask me, what would I say on these blog posts? Beth Kanter summed it up perfectly. http://www.flickr.com/photos/callegari/2653221631/
Create, let your imagination be sparked into creative action. Develop with an experimental mindset - what could you create with the new tools that is unique, interesting, unusual, .. The brain loves novelty. http://www.flickr.com/photos/circulating/2154098422/
A creative example from CP2 - post a photo or image, along with a question or line of inquiry. Members can then click to add their voice either by computer, phone, video or written response.
Create buzz! Participate in places online where you can help seed conversations, amplify community successes and actions. Your social network is worth its weight in gold to your organization or cause. Digg, StumbleUpon, etc.
What if you took it a step further - and got really creative! How about this for a protest! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwMj3PJDxuo Over 19 million views
Learn together (adults, youth, children) reverse mentoring, would you be willing to be the student of your youth? There is a remarkable connection between socialmedia and social learning. So, what kind of project might you do tomake a difference? http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/2427350183/
Let’s suppose you have a serious local health issue like say obesity or perhaps a cholesterol problem. Could you get people to take the stairs instead of the escalator? Let’s take a look at exactly that kind of project. Results: 66% shift in behavior! More than 8 million views. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw
Democratized tools - anyone with a computer, a few tools and an internet connection can create, design, develop, produce and distribute.. What is possible now? http://www.fredcavazza.net
So, how’s it being done? How are people adjusting to the new social media landscape? What is the landscape? What are the early adopters learning that we can learn/apply?
USA Today Storyhttp:// www. usatoday .com/news/nation/2005-09-28-katrina-red-cross_x. htm msnbc story http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9518677/
We started when we had an opportunity to do an online “webinar” on Social Networking. To support it, we developed an experimental place where coalitions could go and “play”. The webinar participants were invited as were many individual invitations to key coalitions who had expressed an interest.
The community grew from 47 members in February 09 to over 851 as of Friday. In 46 U.S. States and 11 other countries or U.S. Territories. Brazil, Columbia, Guatemala, Peru, Guam, Palau, Sweden, Ghana, Australia, Grance and Puerto Rico. From 0 to 32 active groups, some representing geographic communities, others topics.
Population 5400 Considered an Oasis
Youth2Youth advocacy story
They kicked it up a notch with their own local sticker shock campaign and came up with a list of ideas they want to do as part of Project Fuel. They also named the online action as their “anti-geographical” collaboration.
Remember the social media tools are more about people than technology. Only about technology until it fades into the background - becomes commonplace. The kinds of things you can do will help you do your job better, will help you nurture relationships, share information and resources, Stay connected, have a set of measures you haven’t had before AND every social media tool we’ve talked about today is FREE,
Think … then Write Content Source: Beth Kanter What did they say well? What did they miss? Answer questions What are other people saying? How does it apply to you? Look forward Look backward Ask “what if”? Photo Source: Picturemania
Northwest Regional Prevention Center Meet Brock Fairbrother Prevention Specialist Colby Regional Prevention Center Task: engage youth in meaningful projects Inquiry: If we link up the Kansas youth with the Dover Youth, will they engage online?
Social Media Tools to: Connect Measure Link/ Embed Write Comment Rate Review Contribute Participate
Connect, listen and engage or become increasingly irrelevant These things I know … We’ve entered the “Age of Participation” Social media isn’t going away - its here to stay A change in our “thinking” is required Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/graphicfootprints/http://www.flickr.com/photos/zakh/337938459/http://www.flickr.com/photos/amylenzo/119927340/
What Changes when we change the way we Communicate?
When we change the way we communicate , we change society. --Clay Shirky
Abundantly grateful to Beth Kanter and David Wilcox for their leadership and phenomenal work in social media for nonprofits, especially for developing and offering the Social Media Game under Creative Commons License.
Clay Shirky for his work, writing, tweets and cogent thoughts on what all this means for “everybody”. ( Here Comes Everybody , 2008)
Chris Brogan for his continually thoughtful insights, creative spirit and a superb blog at www.chrisbrogan.com and a new book, Trust Agents.
Friend and colleague Stephanie Nestlerode , Omega Point International, Inc.
Sue Stine , Brock Fairbrother , Dover Youth2Youth , Wendy Harman and so many coalitions and youth pioneering the way of people in prevention into social media.
Social Media Revolution http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIFYPQjYhv8
The Click Daly Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQEoq5LO-n4
Frozen Grand Central http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwMj3PJDxuo
Piano Stairs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lXh2n0aPyw
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