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.