Formal learning is important to our workforce but a harm reduction worker it does not make. Here’s why: Work in the Alcohol and other Drugs sector occurs in a context of continuous change. New drugs and trends emerge, treatments are discovered or refined and we are continuously reviewing and revising our knowledge base. We need to stay abreast with this onslaught of knowledge in order to remain relevant to our clients, but here is the catch: Our professional body of knowledge is only ever going to get larger, not smaller. If you think about learning in our sector it most often occurs; both formally – education and training and informally on the job Our teachers are often our colleagues and our clients It occurs as we need it. This is informal which is a part of life long learning SM and social networks can increase the efficiency of this learning as instead of sharing our knowledge with just one or two people in our teams we are sharing it with our whole network. It may also somewhat relieve demand for formal learning , decreasing costs.
Dissemination – The transmission of information in our sector from discovery to the coalface is poor This is partly due to lack of access to journals and conferences Partly due to the way that researchers communicate (they communicate for other researchers) Proper usage of Web 2.0 can address some of these issues Extend Reach Web 2.0 can also be utilised to reach drug using populations even ones that are sometimes difficult to to reach by researcher According to a study conducted by Australian researchers in 2010 using the internet to conduct research offers many advantages including rapid deployment, cheap, addresses barriers of geography and can reach hard to access cohorts Tool for reaching research populations – Monica’s work on monitoring drug trends
Social media for harm reduction: Bendigo 2012
Social Media andHarm ReductionThe imperative for Web 2.0 enabledharm reduction servicesPresenter: Ray Stephens http://www.facebook.com/ReGenUC @regenuc
8 things you can do 1. Meet people where they are at 2. Make your website a meeting place 3. Work with others 4. Reward participation 5. Crowd source 6. Speak ‘with’, rather than talk ‘at’ 7. Measure and review 8. Be transparent
Resources Everything you need to know: http://bit.ly/SMResource Good to follow: Social Media Examiner Nonprofit Tech 2.0 (nonprofitorgs) jeffbullas.com Beths Blog The Nonprofit Facebook Guy Hubspot Marketing Resources