So my venture into the world of association membership continues. As I wrote earlier, I recently joined an association and was thrilled at the warm reception. In truth, I've joined two associations, each with a different membership dues policy: one's paid while the other is free. I won't get into the advantages/disadvantages of the two membership models (mostly because I haven't been in long enough to come to any real conclusion), but I will say that I've discovered one particular boon to the memberships: both are very active on LinkedIn.
Yep its going be hot at ASAE's 2012 Annual Meeting where the temperatures in Dallas are in the triple digits. While everyong is lamenting the heat, I say bring it on!
Yesterday, Leap Day 2012, some 30 association professionals gathered in the conference room at Printing and Graphics Association MidAtlantic to explore three topics: membership models, learning models, and social media. Formally titled an ASAE Super Swap, what we had was a social learning event where SMEs on the three topics faciliated conversations.
One of my last group projects in college was to develop a PR strategy for a new major on digital communications. Naturally, one tactic discussed by each group was to develop an online presence. During my group’s discussion, I mentioned that creating Facebook accounts and online forums was one thing…getting people to come and participate was another. One classmate said that getting people to the sites wasn’t our problem. After all, we can only put it out there; we can’t force them to come. My response was…then what’s the point?
Day 15 ... My son had a routine stop by a police officer. It passed without incident. My son complained that the only reason the officer stopped him was because of his age. Other parents had similar stories. And then a few of my peers shared their similar experiences as teens.
Day 14 ... If you love the Beatles, off-beat movies with good endings, great music and incredible scenes, check out Across the Universe. The movie is essentially a rock opera using the Beatles' music and the Vietnam War as a backdrop for a romance. This will certainly go down as one of my favorite movies ... for more than the reasons in the first sentence.
I’m taking part in the virtual book tour Maddie Grant and Lindy Dreyer are doing to explore concepts from Open Community: a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. In this post, I asked Lindy and Maddie to dig a little deeper into the concept of sharing control, which they describe in the book.
Peter talks about why its important for members of the Internet Society to come together and share with others their chapter's success.
Talking with Joshua Paul, Socious, about the annual meeting session & association trends
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