Two years ago I set up a Google Group on Learning. Last night I wrote the members:
You’re one of 1,797 members of the Learning in Organizations Community on Google Plus.
Since its founding two years ago, our community has morphed into a place to post wisdom, schlock, and self-boosterism. Some days you get lucky and discover a gem in the flow; other days you don’t find anything worth your time.
We can make a lot more out of what we’ve started here if we like. (We’ve been around longer than most Silicon start-ups.)
For example, this is a spot where you can ask questions and seek advice. Why not? Our group’s intimate. We’ll always be a safe place to float new trial balloons out of the limelight
We can help one another find things. You might get the real skinny on a vendor, an event, or a service by talking with someone who knows them from experience. As we grow to trust one another, we will form deeper relationships. Maybe. At least it wouldn’t hurt to post a few questions and see what happens.
We need not continue to be just a place to read funky articles. The network will come to life when some of us use it as a springboard and become connected by phone and skype to start changing the world together. Google makes it easy to set up a Hangout from within the Community.
We would benefit from a larger, more diverse membership. Free thinkers. People on the thin end of the Long Tail. Please promote us on your streams.
Finally, please contribute to the community if you’re good at that type of thing. You got great ideas and stories? Post them. Please share your most exciting, zany projects. You show me yours; I’ll show you mine.
If you have suggestions, post them right here. We are an open community. I’m cutting the balloons loose.