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Stacy Merrill Surla [email_address] A Room of Our Own Starting IA Locals and Bringing IA to Work IA Summit March 25, 2006
<ul><li>&quot;Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.&quot;  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   </li></ul>
Point of this Session <ul><li>Help you create IA-friendly environments </li></ul><ul><li>Concepts and strategies for start...
Archetypal Situations <ul><li>Accidental Evangelist </li></ul><ul><li>IA is a mystery to your boss; work holds little scop...
Useful Domains <ul><li>Project Management </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Evangelism </li></ul><ul><li>Organi...
Accidental Evangelist <ul><li>What do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>A platform for doing your job </li></ul><ul><li>Higher g...
Accidental Evangelist <ul><li>How do you get it? </li></ul><ul><li>Look throughout your company to see where you can add I...
Lone Wolf <ul><li>What do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>A place to go where everybody knows you’re an IA </li></ul><ul><li>L...
Lone Wolf <ul><li>How do you get it? </li></ul><ul><li>Start a local IA group </li></ul><ul><li>Try the easiest things </l...
Young Hero <ul><li>What should you be doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Up the ante in Leadership, Service, and Party Planning </li...
Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>IA at Work and IA Locals </li></ul><ul><li>There are differences… </li></ul><ul><li>H...
IA at Work – Challenges <ul><li>Dangers </li></ul><ul><li>It's your job so you're on the line </li></ul><ul><li>You might ...
IA at Work – Opportunities <ul><li>It's practice </li></ul><ul><li>You will always have to sell IA to somebody - boss, cli...
Local Groups – Challenges <ul><li>Disincentives </li></ul><ul><li>You could fail to gather interest </li></ul><ul><li>Peop...
Local Groups – Opportunities <ul><li>Spa </li></ul><ul><li>Incredibly refreshing </li></ul><ul><li>Validating </li></ul><u...
Local Groups – Opportunities  <ul><li>Not your job </li></ul><ul><li>Work is the fuel, but you're freed from your work set...
How To: IA at Work <ul><li>Philosophical approach </li></ul><ul><li>Sell IA and further your career </li></ul><ul><li>Reso...
How To: Local Groups <ul><li>IA local approaches and lessons learned will also apply at work, and vice versa </li></ul>How...
Philosophical Approach <ul><li>Spa </li></ul><ul><li>Think of the Spa when organizing your group and planning activities. ...
Practical Matters  <ul><li>It's volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Read at least one book about organizing volunteers </li></u...
Practical Matters <ul><li>It's largely party planning </li></ul><ul><li>Keep things as simple as possible, but no simpler ...
Events <ul><li>Face to Face Meetups </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no agenda (dinner, cocktail/coffee hour) </li></ul><ul><li...
Logistics <ul><li>Find good locations and reuse them </li></ul><ul><li>Bookstores </li></ul><ul><li>Coffee shops (particul...
Logistics <ul><li>&quot;Good locations&quot; means: </li></ul><ul><li>Enough room for the number of people and the activit...
Logistics  <ul><li>Reach people </li></ul><ul><li>Start a list </li></ul><ul><li>Announcements only, or discussion? </li><...
Logistics  <ul><li>Get people involved </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Dan Brown: &quot;We'll support flamenco ...
IA-do  (The Way of IA) <ul><li>The secret is &quot;service&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Keep going </li></ul><ul><li>Get people...
Resources – IA at Work <ul><li>A Foray across Boundaries: Applying IA to Business Strategy and Planning   </li></ul><ul><l...
Resources – Local Groups <ul><li>The Volunteer Recruitment Book  Susan J. Ellis  </li></ul><ul><li>When Everyone's a Volun...
Resources – Project Management <ul><li>Project Management  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_management </li></ul><ul><...
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  1. 1. Stacy Merrill Surla [email_address] A Room of Our Own Starting IA Locals and Bringing IA to Work IA Summit March 25, 2006
  2. 2. <ul><li>&quot;Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.&quot; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Point of this Session <ul><li>Help you create IA-friendly environments </li></ul><ul><li>Concepts and strategies for starting IA local groups and fostering IA at work </li></ul>Introduction
  4. 4. Archetypal Situations <ul><li>Accidental Evangelist </li></ul><ul><li>IA is a mystery to your boss; work holds little scope for IA practice </li></ul><ul><li>Lone Wolf </li></ul><ul><li>In EVERY social setting &quot;I'm an IA&quot; is a conversation stopper </li></ul><ul><li>Young Hero </li></ul><ul><li>You've brought IA to work and play and wonder what's next </li></ul>Quick Guide
  5. 5. Useful Domains <ul><li>Project Management </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Evangelism </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational Value </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Service </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteerism </li></ul><ul><li>Party Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul><ul><li>IA Spa </li></ul>Quick Guide
  6. 6. Accidental Evangelist <ul><li>What do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>A platform for doing your job </li></ul><ul><li>Higher ground: a basecamp or even a handhold </li></ul><ul><li>Your model can be enterpreneurship </li></ul><ul><li>Successes tied to company goals </li></ul>Quick Guide
  7. 7. Accidental Evangelist <ul><li>How do you get it? </li></ul><ul><li>Look throughout your company to see where you can add IA value </li></ul><ul><li>Network, gain allies, and make contributions freely </li></ul><ul><li>Get some wins for the boss </li></ul><ul><li>OR tuck accomplishments / lessons learned into your portfolio and get hired where they'll appreciate you </li></ul><ul><li>Caveat: you'll have to demonstrate your value there, too </li></ul>Quick Guide
  8. 8. Lone Wolf <ul><li>What do you need? </li></ul><ul><li>A place to go where everybody knows you’re an IA </li></ul><ul><li>Learn, share, be wise, be the neophyte... </li></ul><ul><li>The IA Summit all year around </li></ul>Quick Guide
  9. 9. Lone Wolf <ul><li>How do you get it? </li></ul><ul><li>Start a local IA group </li></ul><ul><li>Try the easiest things </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat the things that work </li></ul><ul><li>Involve everyone who wants to take part </li></ul>Quick Guide
  10. 10. Young Hero <ul><li>What should you be doing? </li></ul><ul><li>Up the ante in Leadership, Service, and Party Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Replicate your successes; then give it all away </li></ul><ul><li>Link what you do to a larger matrix </li></ul><ul><li>Speak at conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Support IAI Local Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute your wisdom to other, </li></ul><ul><li>related associations </li></ul>Quick Guide
  11. 11. Challenges and Opportunities <ul><li>IA at Work and IA Locals </li></ul><ul><li>There are differences… </li></ul><ul><li>However, approaches with </li></ul><ul><li>IA locals also apply at work </li></ul>Challenges/Opportunities
  12. 12. IA at Work – Challenges <ul><li>Dangers </li></ul><ul><li>It's your job so you're on the line </li></ul><ul><li>You might fail </li></ul><ul><li>People might think you're stupid </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Other ways of doing things are entrenched </li></ul><ul><li>Pockets of resistance are distributed (this can also be a point of leverage) </li></ul><ul><li>It can be very lonely </li></ul>Challenges/Opportunities
  13. 13. IA at Work – Opportunities <ul><li>It's practice </li></ul><ul><li>You will always have to sell IA to somebody - boss, clients, prospective bosses and clients </li></ul><ul><li>You make a big impact </li></ul><ul><li>Your company </li></ul><ul><li>Your clients' projects </li></ul><ul><li>Individuals who are attracted to your approach </li></ul><ul><li>Your career </li></ul>Challenges/Opportunities
  14. 14. Local Groups – Challenges <ul><li>Disincentives </li></ul><ul><li>You could fail to gather interest </li></ul><ul><li>People might think you're stupid </li></ul><ul><li>It's homework or unpaid overtime - it takes time from the rest of your life </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge gaps </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you start? How does a volunteer group work? </li></ul><ul><li>Overdoing? Underdoing? </li></ul><ul><li>How to keep up momentum? </li></ul>Challenges/Opportunities
  15. 15. Local Groups – Opportunities <ul><li>Spa </li></ul><ul><li>Incredibly refreshing </li></ul><ul><li>Validating </li></ul><ul><li>You can have adult conversations </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthens your sinews </li></ul><ul><li>Good for you </li></ul>Challenges/Opportunities
  16. 16. Local Groups – Opportunities <ul><li>Not your job </li></ul><ul><li>Work is the fuel, but you're freed from your work setting </li></ul><ul><li>Start with certain axioms granted – so can focus on the interesting things </li></ul><ul><li>Tap into a knowledge base and solve work problems </li></ul><ul><li>It's good for your career </li></ul><ul><li>Communal good </li></ul><ul><li>You increase the endowment for your daughters and sons </li></ul>Challenges/Opportunities
  17. 17. How To: IA at Work <ul><li>Philosophical approach </li></ul><ul><li>Sell IA and further your career </li></ul><ul><li>Resource List </li></ul><ul><li>I refer you to other Summit sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Selling IA - Getting Execs to say Yes, Samantha Starmer </li></ul><ul><li>IA and Business track sessions </li></ul><ul><li>See Resource List at end </li></ul>How To: IA at Work
  18. 18. How To: Local Groups <ul><li>IA local approaches and lessons learned will also apply at work, and vice versa </li></ul>How To: Local Groups
  19. 19. Philosophical Approach <ul><li>Spa </li></ul><ul><li>Think of the Spa when organizing your group and planning activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Everything should be refreshing, fun, meaningful, and good for you. </li></ul>How To: Local Groups
  20. 20. Practical Matters <ul><li>It's volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Read at least one book about organizing volunteers </li></ul><ul><li>It's an organization </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in mind you're creating an enduring non-profit organization </li></ul>How To: Local Groups
  21. 21. Practical Matters <ul><li>It's largely party planning </li></ul><ul><li>Keep things as simple as possible, but no simpler </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat whatever works best </li></ul><ul><li>Involve everybody who wants in </li></ul><ul><li>Up the ante when you get good at it </li></ul><ul><li>Replicate your successes </li></ul><ul><li>Give it away </li></ul><ul><li>Support IAI Local Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Work with related associations </li></ul><ul><li>Declare victory and celebrate </li></ul>How To: Local Groups
  22. 22. Events <ul><li>Face to Face Meetups </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no agenda (dinner, cocktail/coffee hour) </li></ul><ul><li>Easy agenda (book group) </li></ul><ul><li>Planning meetings (events, activities, infrastructure) </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Deliverables fair </li></ul><ul><li>Event redux </li></ul><ul><li>Guest speakers (grab them when they’re in town) </li></ul>How To: Local Groups
  23. 23. Logistics <ul><li>Find good locations and reuse them </li></ul><ul><li>Bookstores </li></ul><ul><li>Coffee shops (particularly alternative ones) </li></ul><ul><li>Public libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Schools with related programs </li></ul><ul><li>Your company </li></ul><ul><li>Your abode </li></ul>How To: Local Groups
  24. 24. Logistics <ul><li>&quot;Good locations&quot; means: </li></ul><ul><li>Enough room for the number of people and the activity </li></ul><ul><li>Right ambiance (e.g. for talking, socializing, sharing documentation, listening, etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Centrally located, with good parking </li></ul>How To: Local Groups
  25. 25. Logistics <ul><li>Reach people </li></ul><ul><li>Start a list </li></ul><ul><li>Announcements only, or discussion? </li></ul><ul><li>Start a website </li></ul><ul><li>How do maintain? (Blog?) </li></ul>How To: Local Groups
  26. 26. Logistics <ul><li>Get people involved </li></ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul><ul><li>Dan Brown: &quot;We'll support flamenco </li></ul><ul><li>dancing if an IA wants to organize it&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Give them real ownership </li></ul>How To: Local Groups
  27. 27. IA-do (The Way of IA) <ul><li>The secret is &quot;service&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Keep going </li></ul><ul><li>Get people involved </li></ul><ul><li>Be willing to give it away </li></ul>How To: Local Groups
  28. 28. Resources – IA at Work <ul><li>A Foray across Boundaries: Applying IA to Business Strategy and Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Dalton, Rob Weening, www.iasummit.org/2005/finalpapers/104_Presentation.ppt </li></ul><ul><li>Selling IA: Getting Execs to say Yes </li></ul><ul><li>Samantha Starmer, www.iasummit.org/2006/conferencedescrip.htm#138 </li></ul><ul><li>2006 IA Summit Business & IA Track </li></ul><ul><li>(see 2006 IA Summit Proceedings) </li></ul>Resources
  29. 29. Resources – Local Groups <ul><li>The Volunteer Recruitment Book Susan J. Ellis </li></ul><ul><li>When Everyone's a Volunteer Ivan H. Sceier </li></ul><ul><li>Yahoo Groups http://groups.yahoo.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Google Groups http://groups.google.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>IAI Local Groups www.iainstitute.org/localgroups </li></ul><ul><li>DCIA Local Group www.dc-ia.com </li></ul>Resources
  30. 30. Resources – Project Management <ul><li>Project Management http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_management </li></ul><ul><li>The Art of Project Management Scott Berkun www.scottberkun.com/books/artofpm </li></ul>Resources
  31. 31. Stacy Merrill Surla [email_address]
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