By Chad Sansing | May 19, 2020 | Mozilla Festival
People working at home from all over the world came together to share community engagement practices and movement building projects spanning a variety of industries. We learned alongside local government officials, university professors, open scientists, activists and campaigners, journalists, funders, non-profit staffers and more.
Here are the top takeaways we gathered from our explorations of running online meetings, community care, personal ecology, and community management.
Prioritize audience participation. Be sure to tilt the balance of each call or meeting in favor of peer-to-peer interaction over lecture and other kinds of more passive participation. Mix and match approaches like:
Be responsive. Always invite feedback on your work so you can improve calls and meetings for your participants. You might:
Provide rich content at a low cost of admission. Be clear about what you’re offering participants and what you’re asking of them. While people are working from home and balancing their time and responsibilities, it’s important to help them make informed decisions about events they attend online and those they keep up with by other means (by newsletter, for example). You should:
Curious about more online facilitation and community management programming like Movement-Building from Home? Would you like to connect with our growing community of facilitators and builders passionate about internet health and trustworthy AI? To stay connected and engaged, you can:
It’s crucial that we improve how we connect with each other online and to take what we learn with us into a more humane and participatory digital future. We look forward to discovering that future with you!