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  Rick Johnston , CAE , April 01, 2008
This should be a "must read" for all association executives and volunteer leaders. Associations will have to find a way to get beyond the inertia caused by their current commitments to consider the implications of Associations 3.0. New goverance models that are more nimble are just one requirement.
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  Pam Hinton , March 31, 2008
One of the best articles I've read (on this subject) in awhile. It's worth passing along as a very good resource for a Board planning discussion. Thank you, Jeff DeCagna!
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  William Burns , CAE , March 28, 2008
The article "Beyond Today" by Jeff DeCagna also establishes a good foundation for the association community to explore improved models by which to better define the roles, responsibilities, and relationships between governance, management, and stakeholders. The sin will not be the recurring flaws in our current systems but whether we exploit this opportunity to move both our thoughts and deeds forward!
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  RJ Garcia , March 19, 2008
"Responsibility is the lifeblood of stewardship." It is with hope leaders in our community LISTEN. As a professional who happens to be of the Hispanic culture there is concern how leaders are honoring choice. I agree, "If Association 3.0 is going to be an attractive & worthwhile opportunity for diverse people and perspectives; we must make it easier for those individuals and ideas to find a home in our organizations." I recently worked for an Association which had an opportunity to diversify in many ways and the direction it took was the same old homogenous route. It was a disappointing experience. Jeff has it right, "Never in human history has where we’ve been served as a less useful guide to where we are headed. We need to invent the next traditions for our organizations, ways of thinking and being that will allow us to move forward with greater confidence so that we may realize our full potential.” Jeff, keep educating ASAE leaders & members of the importance of ASSOCIATION 3.0!
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  Jolene Knapp , March 18, 2008
Jeff,
Thanks for this excellent article. It lays a solid foundation for creative discussions about the future--perfect timing, might I add, for themes of my upcoming board meeting. Your mantra struck just the right chord; "the only way to respect the past is to create the future". It's especially helpful contemplate how core values can guide unconventional thinking and be used as a catalyst for vision.
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  Shaun Callahan , March 07, 2008
Jeff - You are very right when you say "genuine communities are much more than collections of like-minded individuals". The whole space that has been labeled "social networks" are littered with "like-minded individuals" but very few of them have the ability to "sustain bonds of empathy and trust".

At CollectiveX, we are in the business of enabling communities to leverage these "social networking" tools, however, with over 12,000 groups currently using our Group Engagement Network it is very apparent that the ones who are actually making things happen are those that have built bonds of empathy and trust not just sent out tens of thousands of invites and hoped for the best.

Unfortunately, for so many of today's wired digeratti, "social networking" becomes a game of quantity over quality (how many "friends" do you have?)

I agree with you that "before there can be community - there must be care."