Online Community Management

Convening a community can be the most powerful communication tactic there is.

Online communities offer enormous opportunities to the right organisation. Community members are far more likely to read your content, think of your organisation, give you feedback, share your content, attend your events, get involved in your programmes, and buy your products.

On the other hand, convening a community is hard: few people have time for more than a couple of online platforms in their lives, so attracting them to yours means you need to be uniquely useful to them.

That generally requires a change of mindset and new internal processes across the organisation, because it’s not your community - it's theirs. And getting their involvement means really listening to what they have to say, and then visibly acting on it.

I built the EU Commission’s first online community in 2002, and have built many more successful ones since. If you’d like to chat, get in touch.

Stuff I (Really) like

Here are the latest 9 resources I've Highlighted about Online Community Management. There's more reading over here.

Vanquish the Virus? Australia and New Zealand Aim to Show the Way - The New York Times
www.nytimes.com
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a conservative leader in Australia and a progressive prime minister in New Zealand are ... converging toward an extraordinary goal: completely eliminating the virus from their island nations... succeeding with throwback democracy... partisanship recedes, experts lead, and quiet coordination matters more than firing up the base...the public initial…

Conference on the future of Europe: Let civil society have its say!
voxeurop.eu
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We are a community of academics coming from different disciplines ... closely studied and contributed to previous (failed) institutional attempts ... to rethink the EU ... express our deepest concerns about the many unintended consequences stemming from ... the Conference on the future of Europe... raising expectations it can’t easily deliver on, …

13/04/2020
Calculating the ROI of Customer Engagement
hbr.org
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Most current definitions of engagement are bimodal – someone is either engaged or they ‘re not...a limited view that hampers our ability to manage engagement in meaningful ways...Community management is the discipline of building technical and social environments in such a way that individuals can easily organize and collaborate to achieve an obje…

Policy Brief: Future of Democracy (pdf)
www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de
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to make participatory democracy a reality, it is essential to avoid only paying lip-service to the idea of participation — and give citizens a real say...European federalists are hoping to gain momentum for treaty change. Many member states are afraid of that very outcome...Citizens’ participation is being tested out far more commonly across Europ…

Visibility and Communication of Cohesion Policy in Online Media (pdf)
www.europarl.europa.eu
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study evaluates the visibility and communication of cohesion policy in online media... a mixed methods approach to investigate media coverage, representation and user perception... over 60,000 news articles and 100,000 user-generated comments...over 11,000 Facebook posts ... over five million tweets ... 13,000 EU press releases... cohesion policy …

Boris Johnson made politics awful, then asked people to vote it away | openDemocracy
www.opendemocracy.net
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recent UK election was a quarrel about the character of politics...Labour Party argued that it can be used for good... Conservative Party claimed that politics is bad... promised to... ‘get Brexit done’, so that we can all forget about it ...wage war on the political process, on trust, and on truth. Ensure the whole experience is miserable, bewild…

Refocusing a Community Platform
mathewlowry.myhub.ai

Some sites are a victim of their own initial success. A decade after launching, an EC community platform was struggling to remain relevant. Over the intervening years it had offered a flexible, powerful publishing solution to many different parts of the EC...

Building a More Honest Internet - Columbia Journalism Review
www.cjr.org
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In the US, radio began as a free-market free-for-all. More than five hundred radio stations sprang up in less than a decade to explore the possibilities... 40 percent were noncommercial... network of interlinked stations playing local and national content supported by local and national advertising, became dominant players...Soviet Union... ideolo…

Informing Knowledge4Policy with an Understanding of our Political Nature
medium.com
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Informing Knowledge4Policy with an Understanding of our Political Nature - exploring on Medium what “Understanding our Political Nature”, a recent EU study into knowledge, reason and policymaking, has to say about how the Knowledge4Policy platform could (should?) evolve.

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