Before I get into a more public musing on the subject, let me do a brief reality check. My specialty, if you want to call it that, is community building, nurturing and sustenance. This is for online and offline environments, and in our case, hybrids of the two. The WB is more interested in the online part of that, but much of our interaction in the OV/MENA/Reef universe has to do with the generally more complicated and, frankly, difficult offline live/work realities. In service of our overall goals, I split my presentations into one that emphasizes the offline environment and one that really focuses on online community management.
As we select out Fellows and do the actual building of the OV scenes in the respective countries, am I correct in thinking that Fellows, or someone designated for the online role, will be responsible for managing the online community aspects of their particular OV/Reef? And if so, will some subset of the people who are likely to be interested in my overall community talk need to understand the finer points of online community management? Because I suspect that if, during the 1.5 hour “Building Healthy and Productive Online/Offline Communities,”I spend too much time on the online aspects, some will think, “why do I need to know all this?”
So perhaps, a second session during the Freestyle section would be useful for those who really need to know more about how to handle themselves when they are in an online community management position. Or does that apply to all of them? I am unclear on this part. We have two Fellows so far, both super talented and bright and capable who are already quite worldly. And we have decided to sort of size up others when we are there together.
So, what do you think about the first session touching on important themes of online community, and having a second session for those (probably few) who really want and need to dig deeper into it?