When the Global Women's Leadership Alliance announced a brainstorming challenge* to gather ideas about how to create a platform for five million women change agents, my partner Tara Agacayak & I were excited to share what we’ve learned about using technology to build global community over the past four years. We've experienced that the way to impact change is with an activated global community connected through social web technology.
Our biggest lessons for creating an activated global community are that people need
- synchronous and asynchronous ways to gather
- prompting and encouragement to do so
- a way to get to know one another
- a common purpose for gathering
See GlobalNiche's blueprint for building global community using free web-based technology (G+! YouTube! Linqto!).
*This challenge was also sponsored by Global Fund for Women, Global Leadership Advancement Center at San Jose State University, Mills College, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Public Health Institute, World Pulse, and Salzburg Global Seminar at San Jose State University.