Connect your community, again

Connecting your community book coverI’m holding in my hands a hardcopy of the Webguide. The booklet aims to help Aotearoa New Zealand community and voluntary organisations get a web presence. I helped out with the contents early on, so I was really pleased to see it released earlier this year.

In 94 pages it covers everything from beginning to end for a community group setting up a website. There’s an online version too, though I find this less easy to use than the hardcopy.

With the ink barely dry, a second version is already being planned. It’s really good the Webguide Partnership have gone back to Miraz Jordan to ask her to write an updated version.

Writing on her blog today (see Community: you’re soaking in it!) Miraz says in version 2, “I plan to talk about all kinds of ‘new’ services such as Twitter, YouTube, and yes, Second Life. I feel pretty defensive about these things though, as even SMS (texting) seems to be too ‘out there’ for some groups.”

Miraz not only has lots of relevant expertise, she’s got a perspective on technology that gels with the values most community groups hold. She believes “we can all use technology such as computers and the Internet to bring change into the world, improving ourselves, others and this planet, our only home in the universe.”

I strongly encourage Miraz to stick to her guns. As I’ve written about earlier, organisations could lose access to some audiences if they don’t keep up with new online tools. I don’t recommend a stampede is warranted, but I do think groups need to be aware of what the new social networking tools can do.