Here’s what we’ve been reading lately about elections, governance, participatory culture, voting, and crowdsourcing.
Facebook takes a lot of heat these days, but I admire the inspiration behind it. In the letter accompanying their SEC registration, Mark Zuckerberg starts by saying, “Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected.” I especially like this line: “There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future.” This is the inspiration behind our work here at Votenet.
In this week’s featured TED talk, Clay Shirky talks about the positive changes that result when a new medium, for example, books or the Internet, spurs the circulation of new ideas. He says new forms of arguing – trial by jury, voting, peer review, and collaborative tools – emerge along with new perspectives. By inviting participation (and these perspectives), organizations can become more transparent and leverage the knowledge of their members, employees, customers, and other stakeholders. The obstacle? Many organizations, like the government and the people running them, don’t want to give away any power or control.
After hearing Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant, authors of Humanize, speak at BlogWorld, Ashley Zeckman of Top Rank Online Marketing blog followed up with a few questions about engaging employees. Jamie said, “Companies are learning that they can tap into the power that exists in the periphery of their system by extending decision making authority and empowering people to take action and real ownership over their jobs.” That’s exactly what gets us excited about the power of technology to not only engage staff, but also members, students, and others.
If you’d like to create more awareness and excitement about your annual awards program, check out how the Society for News Design (SND) uses Storify to shares updates, videos and photos from three days (Day 1, Day 2, Day 3) of competition judging. We learned about them from Anita Ferrer at Associations Now who said, “The Society for News Design’s live-Storifying of its annual design competition brings transparency and a model to follow for associations.”
The SND blog put the judges in the spotlight as well. “We posed three questions to (the judges) — about design, about the competition, and about life in general.” That’s an awards program that people will talk about.
There’s more to board diversity than meets the eye, says Glenn Tecker at Associations Now. “Association boards are created in order for there to be sufficiently diverse perspectives (my emphasis) at the table for conversations about policy and strategy.” He says the nominating committee has two jobs – find members who have the appropriate skills sets and fill an existing gap in perspective.
Steve Drake provides eight elements for more meaningful board meetings. He says, “Board time is a nonrenewable resource…don’t waste it!” He also links to two other good articles about board meeting agendas.
Here’s a weekend activity for all you want-to-be astronomers. The SETI Institute, best known for its search for extraterrestrial intelligence, is holding an online contest to name two of Pluto’s recently discovered moons. They’re calling them P4 and P5 for now, but are counting on the public to select a better name.
Looking for one more? Here’s what you missed this week on Voting 2.0:
Enjoy your weekend!