Last week I facilitated a workshop at the Kellogg Action Lab's College of Consultants Convening. Kudos to Ron McKinley, Tim Brostrom, and Mai Neng Moua for doing such an excellent job of hosting and organizing this event. I wish I could have attended the other workshops that were taking place at the same time as mine - from David La Piana on Strategic Planning and Dione Alexander from the Nonprofit Finance Fund.
My slides and other resources are on the wiki. It was a great opportunity to hear from consultants the questions, concerns, and challenges of their clients face related to social media in a strategic planning context. These folks are experts in strategic planning, financial management, facilitation, board development, fundraising - virtually all levels of nonprofit operation and capacity building. I learned a tremendous amount from the participants comments and questions.
It was also wonderful to see some familiar faces like Thom Clark from Community Media Workshop - an organization that has done so much to inspire and help nonprofits leverage the power for social media. (Thom was kind enough to do an interview with me about their ning use that I will publish in the next few days). I also reconnected with some colleagues I haven't seen in years - like Julia Fabris and Carol Coren.
I really appreciated the post "People in the Real World" that Chris Brogan had today about being a social media translator and the fact that "that even though it seems like lots of us are deeply passionate about this space, most folks don’t exactly understand what we’re talking about." As I said to those in the workshops who were new to social media, I appreciate the power of newbies.
Chris ends his post with some inspiration for all of us who are bridges to social media in our organization, industry, or field:
Teach. Connect. Bridge. Humanize. Human-size. Make it about the people who carry the fire down from the mountain, not the fire itself.