June 17, 2008

Networking. Socially.

Intergenerational conversations have been all the rage lately. You know, trying to create and cross bridges between generations in the workplace. During these conversations, the term "social network" comes up at least fifty (50) times a minute. Ok, so it's not that much. But roll with me, here. My beef with the term is not its definition, it's the perceived definition (in some circles, we call this connotation).

For some reason, when people use the term, and hear the term "social network," they are thinking about things like Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. But social networks are so much more, and they happen in so many places. In fact, one could argue that social networks have been around since the dawn of civilization. Or more accurately, social networks are responsible for the dawn of civilization. That's right. Tom didn't invent the concept. Social networks happen in your apartment complex, in your church, in your sewing circle, on poker nights, and in professional settings.

And hey, speaking of social networking in professional settings, you should think about coming to one or both of these:

1) The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Phoenix invites you to an evening with Herb Paine, Executive Director for the Arizona Humanities Council. Herb will be address the growing generational gap in today's workforce, specifically in the nonprofit sector. The event will take place at United Way's offices in Phoenix (1515 E Osborn RD, Phoenix, AZ 85014). More information and RSVP here.

2) IGNITE Phoenix, a non-traditional networking group that meets to support smart growth in our city. This month's meeting will be taking place Tuesday, June 24 from 5:30PM to 7:30PM at Chez Nous (915 Grand AVE, Phoenix, AZ 85007), with Amina Uben (owner of Chez Nous) speaking. More information and RSVP here.

So, this month consider kickin' it old school with some real life social networks...

"If Al Gore invented the Internet, I invented spell check."
Dan Quayle


Anonymous said...

I spent 20 minutes yesterday explaining how a limited bandwith at work kept us from all watching the U.S. Open on our computers at once...after that, a comment about an "overloaded server" overloaded his brain.

Not sure if that had any relevancy to your post at all..

Aaron Stiner, DRB said...

Hey Sam, thanks for the YNPN shout out! There is a lot of talent in the emerging leaders of Phoenix nonprofits and YNPN is a great place for individuals to meet up and forge networks.

Speaking of networks - while I am all for professional connections, I think the best networks happen when two or more people sit in conversation, listen, ask questions and share of themselves. In conversation we discover our shared values and humanity, we learn what unites us and we learn there are many causes that help the common good.

Networks are great for making connections. Conversations turn connections into community.