Welcome San Joaquin NTI Class!

4 05 2010

What does it take to get you to participate?

Are you lurking in the background, trying to decide whether or not to take part in this blog? Have you read the posts so far, but have not added your voice to the conversation with a comment? Think for a moment about what is holding you back. Is it any different from what may hold back your intended audiences from participating in a process you facilitate … can you learn something from what you are feeling? (Blogs provide opportunity for comments, which is what many P2 processes do as well.)

What prevents people from participating? Here are a few thoughts based on this blogging experiment:

  • Lack of trust – “I don’t know who you are or what you plan to do with the information”
  • Feeling like just another face in the crowd – “This is interesting and all, but I don’t feel like I have anything to add”
  • Not knowing the technology or “how to” participate – “Do I have to log on?”
  • Fear of dissension – “What if I’m wrong, mis-informed, or get attacked for my views?” (ties to our comfort-level and desire to be with like-minded people)
  • No time – “I’d like to contribute thoughtful comments, but my daily must-do list is just too long to give this time”

Now that I’ve covered the negative, what do you have to say that is positive? What steps can P2 folks take to motivate people to participate?