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Interactive on-line alumni directories

Have you created an interactive on-line directory that enables alumni of your program to connect with each other around shared interests and to find resources? If you have developed an interactive on-line directory, would you be willing to share what you have created with other leadership programs? If you do not have an on-line directory, is this something you would be interested in developing? We think that interactive on-line directories have the potential to be an effective mechanism for connecting alumni (and members of learning communities) so that they can locate and offer resources to each other and find people who share their interests. Let me know what you think about this idea and if you would be interested in participating in developing a prototype for such a directory.

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Interactive on-line alumni directories

Hi Claire! This is just the question I've been asking recently. We are soon to graduate our third "class" of Fellows from the Healthy Native Communities Fellowship, and so far we have not been very successful at assisting our teams (people who participate in the HNCF come in as teams, not individuals) to stay connected and interactive. We have alumni advisory committees who are involved with ongoing Fellowship activities, but they don't engage the larger group(s). As faculty and staff, we are committed to finding ways to sustain our HNCF networks, and have been exploring different ideas (annual meetings, conference calls, etc.) but we are also curious about online possibilities because that's how our Fellowship teams stay connected to one another both during and after their Fellowship year is completed. I'd be interested in working with you and others to explore what has worked for other leadership programs and even participating in the development of a prototype. Yet... I am reminded by our meeting last December in SF on "Sustainable Networks" that it is an art to create leadership networks and there is no cookie cutter approach... Kristine Maltrud, Learning Team, Healthy Native Communities Fellowship

Social network as a learning tool for leadership

Kristine;

Per my earlier post, I have a little experience in this area and would be happy to help with your project or contribute to developing a prototype.

I have created 2 Ning.com social networks (one private and one public) and they each get pretty good use. I am also in the process of setting one up for a maritime school for which I design and deliver leadership programs.

Good luck and let me know if I can help in any way.

Fair Winds,
Peter A. Mello
Sea-Fever Consulting LLC
t. +1.508.264.5629
f. +1.775.796.5344
e. peter.mello@sea-feverconsulting.com
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Social networks are a great

Social networks are a great learning tool especially for teachers and students, to share information work and get help. I just got my degree and am a member on a few networks.

Social Networks for Learning Communities

I have a little experience with this. In May I participated in the executive education program The Art and Practice of Leadership Development at Harvard's Kennedy School.

After the course another participant and I set up a private (password protected) social network for all of the participants to continue our work together. We used a free hosted service called Ning (www.ning.com), that is easy for non-techies to create and manage. We currently have 45 members in the network out of approximately 65 total program participants. Since its launch at the end of May 2007, we have had nearly 7,000 page views by the 45 registered users. The network is used by people to share ideas, ask questions, seek advice, find resources and just stay in touch. For example, I posted an item looking for members' experience in integrating classic literature into leadership programs since I was doing this with several that I've delivering this fall. I received several very useful responses immediately.

Unfortunately our Havard KSG APL site is a private network so I can't send you there to check it out but I have set up another Ning open social network for a sail training program that I participated on as a youth. The Tabor Boy Project is at www.taborboy.org and it will give you an idea of what is possible.

These online communities can be very effective tools to continue the learning after a program is completed.

Hope this is helpful. If anyone has any questions about setting up a social network on Ning, feel free to contact me.

Fair Winds,
Peter A. Mello
Sea-Fever Consulting LLC
t. 508.264.5629
skype: petermello
e. peter.mello@sea-feverconsulting.com
b. www.sea-fever.org
w. www.sea-feverconsulting.com