I’ve just spent a very wonderful 2.5 weeks offline with friends and family for the holidays. As much as my life is fueled by my work and connections online, it sure was wonderful to unplug and recharge. I’ve also been thinking quite a bit about what’s to come this year and wanted to stat a conversation openly here with all of you.
My Focus for 2010
Collaboration: This year will, as they always seem to do, build on some of the major developments last year. In my view, that specifically means I’ll be focusing even more on the opportunities for, technologies that support, and issues involved in collaboration (across organizations, across sectors, across geographies). There are some great examples out there that need to be highlighted and examined. There are also many technologies, whether they are tools or approaches or actual platforms, that are working to enable collaboration and I’d like to do more to highlight those with interviews and reviews. Lastly, I want to create some open spaces for people to not just cheer for collaboration but also examine and explain some of the issues and barriers that organizations, individuals, campaigners or community members face when trying to approach collaboration.
Community: As much as I see collaboration as the key to success, I also community as the core of every sector, every campaign, and every movement. This year will, I think, provide some great opportunities to compare, contrast, explore and analyze the differences and nuances of communities defined as:
- communities of practice
- communities of focus
- communities of cause
- communities of geography
Through continued work on Social by Social (expanding it to be even more useful as an out-of-the-box resource and toolkit), speaking and participating at conferences, and the conversations on this blog I think we will have some very interesting ideas to explore about community!
Your Focus for 2010
Now it’s your turn! Writing a blog can be a lonely adventure but I’m so very thankful that you as the community of readers and commenters and conversationalists have kept me from ever feeling like I was alone in the conversation. And I want to keep it that way! So, let me know what you’re focusing on in 2010 so that I can have your ideas and highlights on my radar, too.
- What are you focusing on at work that’s new?
- What are you focusing on at work that isn’t new but you wish was?
- What are you focusing on that you wish you had more resources about?
- What tools, strategies or issues do you want to discuss?
I’m really looking forward to all that unfolds in 2010 and to all that we can explore together. Thanks for all your contributions!