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Network & Development Meeting

Three times a year we hold a GlobalNet21 Network & Development Meeting where people can come along and discuss ideas about how we should develop and future events. This time we have lots to talk about including,

 

  • Our website
  • The idea of monthly Saturday Forum on Identity and Belonging
  • The idea of regular Speakers Corner where people have a platform to express their ideas and passions
  • The development of our website to carry through on-going campaigns
  • The development of crowd funding within our network
  • Our first possible meeting with an All Party Parliamentary Group in the House of Commons
  • The development of our collaborative learning network
  • Our private facebook site where we get organisers and volunteers together to discuss how to help out and develop
  • The idea of Ambassadors for GlobalNet21
  • Our development of local, community and global webinars

These are just some of the ideas that we can discuss but because it is a Network & Development meeting then you may have ideas you wish to discuss as well and/or events and activities that you would like to see developed.

These meetings are really valuable to us all as it gives everyone a chance to develop our network to its full potential. It is a great networking opportunity and a way for you to meet others too. I hope you will come along to this. It is a room over a Pub so although we start at 6.30 you can arrive early and have a drink or get some food and you can stay and network after with a glass of whatever!

It will be really good to seer you there.

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  • Gordon O.

    Good meeting for dialogue and discussion around development.

    Format of meeting lacked discipline and was a little haphazard and need structured agenda in the future to maintain focus on subject matter ‘future development.

    However, it was compensated by the quality of input from all those present making a positive contribution and causing debate to help identify what was valued and to hold onto fir the future.

    We at least determine that we are ‘not’ an ‘organisation’; ‘not’ a ‘pressure group’; and did not exist to take forward single subject issues. Issues were open for debate and if there is a consensus they could be taken forward by those who wish to debate to set up their own group to meet.

    2 · August 6, 2013

    • Gordon O.

      Might find it helpful to read the book - a Network

      August 6, 2013

    • Gordon O.

      I used the term 'network events' rather than 'meetings' - in effect they are meetings per say, but this term tends to conjure up connotations of us being an ‘organisation’ rather than as we are, a ‘Network’!

      1 · August 7, 2013

  • Gordon O.

    I used the term 'network events' rather than 'meetings' - in effect they are meetings per say, but this term tends to conjure up connotations of us being an ‘organisation’ rather than as we are, a ‘Network’!

    August 7, 2013

  • Francis S.

    I think Pam is right and the meeting we held was sort of a watershed. We started these networking and development meetings very casually and informally so that new and existing members could talk about what we do, but over the months things have moved on. More and more people are getting involved, new and existing members often have different questions and agendas and new and different types of activities are being developed all the time. So we need to structure these meetings now to reflect this and maybe we can spend the next four to six weeks thinking how. The originally casual approach was good to start with but things have moved on now so it is time to move with it.

    2 · August 7, 2013

    • Anne B.

      Hi Francis - lets meet up in september to discuss re-designing the purpose and process properly? the intentions are one thing, the how-to is lacking and I would hate to see the regression to traditional, narrow and ineffectual (in network terms) practices. All being said, hpe you dont just hear criticism, where you might choose to hear committed, caring and curious

      1 · August 7, 2013

    • Gordon O.

      I thibk you have summed up well, Francis. A series of networks on development with a focus on what the key objective so that all network events are driven around key values would be good in between the normal subject matters that are rightly debated.

      August 7, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    I love GlobalNet 21 for the way it "walks its talk" and is learning by doing. Some excellent points were made about life in the 21st century and how we are learning new ways to do things. I found this meeting a useful learning experience. I now believe at these meetings we want to be open, but need input from people who value GN21 (including Francis - not easy if he is also chairman and welcoming newcomers). If people aren't yet committed to GN21, I think they should be encouraged to listen rather than speak. To me these meetings are a chance for positive suggestions and for people who are willing to put in the work to update, share vision, get an overview, and build on what we have

    Francis put up something beforehand that looked like a potential agenda (but had little influence on the structure). There was so much wisdom in the room about those items but very little of it was tapped into. I'd like us to reflect on the purpose and format for the network and development meetings.

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Wilfred G.

    In offering to write, with all your editing, this suggested explanatory 'story' of the GlobalNet 21's raison d'etre, experience of similar exercises has taught me to be careful to avoid certain pitfalls: such as avoiding any notion that these notes are definitive, because much controversy can be aroused when attempts are made to revise them; and a too prescriptive detail inevitably limits the possible membership pool.

    Here is my initial starter note; to which I would like to add Francis's notion of our attempting to find a new, 21st century cultural basis in Britain to replace the old paradigm:

    'GlobalNet 21

    Is a networking forum, within which those seeking support for their socially beneficial initiatives can spread awareness of their need for cooperative engagement among those seeking worthwhile causes with which to associate themselves.

    GlobalNet 21 aims to be a purely enabling entity, while not being an endorsing body.'

    August 6, 2013

  • Senake A.

    I was wondering if a task list published on the Facebook group wall and maybe an "if you enjoyed the meeting, would you like to become more involved, come and see me" at the end of each meeting might help.

    The task lists - to which people could email francis or add their names directly - might include some or all of the following:

    1. Recruitment & engagement - volunteers to:
    i. Create content - a weekly article - to tweet - ideally linked to current news & views & an upcoming meeting - ideally with a good image.
    ii. Using this content market Globalnet21 to new members via:
    1. Twitter - personal network
    2. Meetup - strangers in other groups
    3.Facebook - join groups & blog
    4. LinkedIn - join groups, blog, message 2. Meetings - volunteers to:
    a. on the door
    i. take names
    b. in meetup invites
    i. allow people to submit priority questions - to the speakers & audience - via the comment board.

    3. Technolog

    2 · August 6, 2013

  • terence f.

    Interesting views well managed by Francis but apart from allowing participation and sharing of views little seem to be added to the undrxstanding of the group's proceases.

    August 5, 2013

    • Wilfred G.

      Here are my initial thoughts on beginning of a short introductory 'story' for our Forum:

      August 6, 2013

    • Wilfred G.

      GlobalNet 21

      Is a networking forum, within which those seeking support for their socially beneficial initiatives can spread awareness of their need for cooperative engagement among those seeking worthwhile causes with which to associate themselves.

      GlobalNet 21 aims to be a purely enabling entity, while not being an endorsing body.

      August 6, 2013

  • Nikki F.

    So sorry not to be there tonight but have some paid work for a possible new role for me and I'm exhausted and unexpectedly I'm in charge of the office tomorrow so need tonight to recoup and get organised! However, will catch up & best wishes to all.

    August 5, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Really sorry to miss - life has conspired against me getting into London today. I thought I would be back from my client long ago, but will not be finished in time, I hope discussion is fruitful.

    August 5, 2013

  • Stephanie R.

    Sorry I have to pull out for health reasons

    August 5, 2013

  • claire o.

    I hope to come to meeting but may be a bit late

    August 4, 2013

  • Gordon O.

    Have an engagement at the BL but still plan to come onto the meeting a nearby!

    August 4, 2013

  • Tony G.

    I am so sorry but for financial reasons I am effectively stranded in Shropshire. Will update soon and wish you a really worthwhile meeting. Would love to have joined you...

    August 4, 2013

  • Rajen

    Apologies cannot attend as I am away. Ideas sent.

    July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Apols Francis. In Greece.

    July 10, 2013

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