David Wilcox is helping Board Members of Housing Associations in Wales to figure how to use social media strategies and tools to supplement their face-to-face meetings. He started this group blog called "Great Governance" to host a conversation and collect ideas from other people.
Face to face meetings for board members of an association of nonprofits is a precious resource, not to be wasted. I think you need to have a discussion about how would the use of social media tools make that time more effective? Face-to-face meetings have something over online communication: Inspiration. So, what value does inspiration provide? What parts of face-to-face meetings are not inspiring and could not take up valuable time if there was some communication online pre-meeting? Think beyond the cost savings of gas and travel costs.
BTW, I reposting this video of David even though I can't hear it - computer crash, hard drive reformat, reinstalled windows, speakers aren't yet back up .. but I trust David and thought it might add to the context. Now, need another latte 'cause have had no sleep.
I'm so happy that the computer crashed AFTER I had a chance to Skype into the session yesterday with David, Nick, and Laura. It was almost like being in the room minus the jet-lag. The downside is that I didn't get a chance to go to the pub and pick up any video interviewing techniques from Nick. Or ask who to do some geekily recursive videoblogging with David and Nick (happens usually after the first beer).