I just read a short post by Lindsay Hill titled Doing Community Programs Right. I think the points made are accurate and well-founded. Prior to working for Cisco, I was part of the “CLN Designated VIP Program”. I had the opportunity to connect with others in and around the industry. I think these online communities are great and there is a wealth of knowledge sharing that happens. During key conferences many of our paths cross and even more interesting conversations happen.
I’d personally like to bring some of those concepts into the local communities I work in. I think many of the same tenants would be important. I wouldn’t want a local group to be about any single vendor (even Cisco) or partner. It would be really interesting to just get a bunch of people together that wanted to share their technology challenges and how they are addressing them.
If you have started such a group, I’d love to hear what worked and what didn’t. Were you able to get attendance even in smaller or rural communities? Maybe you are located in Central Kentucky or East Tennessee and would like to work together in such an effort? If so, reach out to me by commenting below or using the Contact Us link.
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