In two separate meetings in the last two days the issue of fatigue amongst experts has arisen. What’s that you say? They should be going to bed earlier? I agree, but that is not what I am talking about. 😉
When promoting online communities, social networks and collaborative tools we often talk about tapping into the pool of experience and allowing inexperienced practioners to learn from the experience and sometimes mistakes of others. What happens though, if those in the know get sick of giving and don’t find the opportunities to ‘exchange’? Do they turn off and stop visiting your community?
I’ve been noticing that keeping practitioners of all levels of experience engaged and interested is a vital ingredient in a successful community. How do you do that? Here are a couple of ideas
- Invite other experts to join community to increase the overall level of experience of the community.
- Create groups designed for senior community members (e.g. Learningtown CLO group).
- Approach senior members and ask them to acta as community moderators, reviewers or mentors.