Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Snow Day. Connecting Networks

Part of the strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection is to increase the number of people looking at information we collect and share so they begin to take actions that make more and better tutor/mentor programs available.

We've never had much money to advertise, so we've looked for other ways to share our ideas. We've been part of blog exchanges since 2005.

Today an article I wrote is featured on the web site blog. In this article I share my own ideas about building networks of people who focus on common goals. is one of a growing number of platforms that "empowers groups to mobilize for their desired social change. From small grass-roots clubs to complex international organizations, provides a flexible platform to fundraise and recruit/coordinate volunteers."

The challenge I see for these groups is competing with each other for non-profits and supporters who will spend enough time on the site to raise a significant level of funds for the cause they support. Small non profits don't have the manpower to maintain an identity on all of these sites. Their volunteers are fragmented, and have even less time to do marketing and mobilization.

I think that by inviting me to be part of a blog-exchange they've taken a step that gets more of our attention than do other sites that I've been part of in the past. The test will be if any of our Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection followers or peers go on the site and set up meaningful actions that help us achieve our mission.

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