Lots of exciting communities of practice are exchanging ideas and knowledge on the Collaboration for Development platform.
The largest group on the platform with over 1,000 members is the Learning from Megadisasters Community. Wondering how they were able to grow the community through its many stages into a mature community? According to Community Manager, Rasha Reyes
“A continuous improvement process is central to the Learning from Megadisasters CoP’s philosophy: Platform design, contents, and responsiveness to members’ needs are tested often, through formal assessment (using the Survey Monkey software) and through members’ interactions with the coordinators. Minor changes (not affecting the full design) are constantly made, even important changes have been done (new design of the homepage).”
Another successful example of a community on Collaboration for Development is The Incubating Innovation for Rural Electrification. A very active community of 812 fully present members, which strives to build a network of professionals and practitioners interested in sharing their knowledge, learning from each other, and even solving common challenges. A recent World Bank Institute article highlights exactly what this community is about:
“This initiative is bringing together a multi-stakeholders coalition in fostering the incubation and development of commercially viable private-sector led rural electrification for the supply of modern energy services to the 1.2 billion people remaining without access through the developing world.”
What we have learned through the communities using Collaboration for Development is that numbers are not everything; there is value in small but engaged communities. To leave you with an inspirational quote by Sheena Medina Community manager at Fast Company:
“If you're looking to increase engagement, the question you should answer is: How can we continue to strive for meaning... you just have to be invested and fully present.”
This is the full article where you can find more tips for improving engagement.