We played the Dutch social media game in 3 groups of 10 people. After the game we organised peer coaching in small groups of 4 behind the computer. People could show each other examples of how they used web2.0 for 'draagvlakversterking' and/or ask each other for informal advice. The game was inspired by the social media game developed by Beth Kanter and David Wilcox. In itself an example of how web2.0 can help you do your work! I used the motivation that people wrote before the workshop to tailor the cards towards the questions in the group. It worked really well, in my group the first card already started a 20 minutes discussion! At the end of the day we discovered by reading twitters that it was snowing outside in Utrecht :). From the evaluation I noticed that it opened people's eyes to the complexity of 'using' web2.0 and realized web2.0 is not a panacea. They appreciated the realism, attention for the difficulties and risks involved. Some learned that working with web2.0 is not equivalent to building your own communities, but that your strategies may include making use of other online spaces like hyves, facebook or twitter.
A few questions that I remember:
- How to deal with the paradox of 'promoting' something and the spontaneous nature of web2.0 conversations?
- Where are the spontaneous online conversations about development cooperation or our topics taking place?
- How are trusted sources constructed within web2.0?
- Is there prove that using web2.0 tools works to create 'draagvlak'?
- and... where to start?
Talking about where to start I showed a few people the graph of museum2.0 about how much time does web2.0 take? On the techsoup site Jacob Colker answers the question: "If my nonprofit were to start using only one of these (web2.0) technologies, which one should we adopt?" Jacob's answer was 'start blogging'. For draagvlakversterking I'd say: start following what's discussed about your organisation, your campaign or your causes online, using tools like technorati (for blogs) or socialmention.
Some interesting web2.0 examples that I learned about (or already knew) in the context of 'draagvlakversterking', with a few exceptions Dutch-based:
- Doenersnet ( a ning platform started by OXFAM NOVIB)
- 1procentclub ( a social network for people who want to devote 1% of their time)
- Helpalot (a social network for charities)
- JongOS ( a ning platform for professionals in development cooperation)
- KIVA (lending directly to enterpreneurs in the south)
- Nabuur (neighbours al over the world helping each other)
- Our future network on Hyves by Pax Christi
- HIVOS blogs (on their website)
- HIVOS.net (Knowledge integration, learning and capacity building for development)
- Dederdekamer (for concerned citizen)
- Change.org (gathers people around causes)
- Couchsurfing ( a worldwide network for making connections between travelers and the local communities they visit)
- Voordewereldvanmorgen (Heb je een goed idee waarmee je bijdraagt aan de wereld van morgen?) via Rolf Kleef
- Geefsamen (Start je eigen actie voor een goed doel)
- Endpovertyblog (daily log of experts from around the world promoting the Millennium Development Goals and the global fight against poverty)
- Een (Samen maken we een einde aan armoede)
Great to notice that Doenersnet and JongOS make use of the easily available NING service rather than building their own (expensive) social network site. Other interesting examples?