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TRUST and TIME: the crucial factors of online communities

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The 3rd workshop on online communities just finished and Nancy and I are here collecting the experience and trying to find out what was good and what wrong (if any!). Personally, I’m very positive after this training as I see many people really interested in what we are proposing. And we are not talking about a transitory phenomenon but we are showing the next step of the Net: Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, just wrote an article on the Economist, highlighting the value of online communities.

What’s always clearer to me is that, talking about online communities, we propose something more than just “discussing”. We offer people, whoever they are, the idea of CHANGING the way they approach the others, they get in touch with other people and colleagues, they work and share their knowledge. In few words, we propose a CULTURAL change whose main point is: TRUST the others and keep in touch with them. UHHHHHHHHH: what a change! It is so hard to change. It is so much harder to do it fast and in our offices.

The other main point which came out from the workshop is: TAKE YOUR TIME. It is going to take lots of time to get into this new mood, get the habit to it, learn how-to do it, learn new tools, etc. So, the paradox is that, even if the Internet is so fast, we really need to take time to get used to it.

Author: Luca Servo @ talksharelearn

Passionate about social media, development projects and the world. Currently, I’m supporting the Emergency Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in managing its online communication through the website, the social media and the mobile apps.

2 thoughts on “TRUST and TIME: the crucial factors of online communities

  1. Hi …

    Like your blogs…….just came accross your pages and went through some of them……just thought of asking what do you think about a concept…i came accross after talking to my friend regarding group social networking…he inspired me to start a concept in India with him…and then we decided to create a profile on worldpress to refine the idea and have feedback from the most experience people in the web industry…

    please give your thoughts on it….the site will be called meriteam.com…i have published a detailed information on it…
    thanks, regards…

    Sandeep

  2. Dear Sandeep, I would like to discuss about your idea regarding social networking. India is for sure a place where it could have great chances to spread through the existing networks. Let me know more about your projects.

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