I finally got a chance to meet Manny Hernandez, author written the "Ning for Dummies Book." He is founder of The Diabetes Hands Foundation, a non profit that operates two niche social networks for people touched by diabetes: TuDiabetes (in English, with close to 8,200 members) and EsTuDiabetes (with close to 3,200 members, which is turning it into the main community destination for Spanish-speaking diabetics). Both have been runaway success stories. You can read more here.
A few weeks I ran a book giveaway for five copies of his book. You had to leave a comment indicating your goals, audience, and how you'd measure success of your Ning Community on this post which also includes a round up of Ning resources.
The lucky winners (selected randomly) of the Ning for Dummies book giveaway are:
I expect some good case studies at some point.
The winner of the ME 2.0 book giveaway by Dan Schawbel is Lloyd Budd who in a gracious act of pay it forward asked me for a Canadian charity to make a donation to in my honor. To close the circle, I connected him with Tanya Davis who raises money for Diabetes in Canada.
In about 8 weeks, I'm moving to California and need to pair down my book collection. I'm looking for nonprofit libraries that could cover the cost of postage for a box of books in exchange for a donation of some of my books. They cover a variety of topics, web technology, social media, training, evaluation, information design, management, and etc. Drop a note in the comments.