Social Networking People-to-People

The Plan

Want to improve your local community?
Improve how your community networks resources.
It’s that simple.

Better networking has the power to create better solutions to community-related problems, plus the ability to make available more resources to more people who need them.

This is a plan but not a big plan.

Big plans can require additional personnel resources, or even require new organization structures to be set up in a community. This plan requires none of this, it relies on existing local resources.

A word about resources. Whether a village, town, or city, existing resources can be viewed as coming from two main sources: local government, and nonprofit organizations. Often, there are lots of locally available resources, but often, there are problems with their use:

    • Government decision-making process on resource utilization can be confused and unclear, resulting in confused and unclear communication to its citizens.
    • Services provided locally by nonprofit organizations are often not clearly visible to the populations they are trying to serve, leaving people unaware of resources they may have access to.

Most people are aware of government supplied resources like the fire department and public works, but have little understanding of how these departments actually function in making decisions that affect people’s lives. It’s not just citizens who are unsure about the mechanisms of government problem-solving, elected officials can be too. And nonprofit-supplied services may be plentiful and listed in government or library links pages, but connecting people to these resources can still be hit-and-miss.

What we’re actually dealing with here is resource management, and one solution to “supply-chain” disruptions is to provide a clear path that everyone can follow, one that enables greater effectiveness in how information is managed.

Proposed is a networking plan: people-to-people networking, which means, the focus is on contact between people. Computer assisted connecting is utilized, but ultimately, local personal contact becomes the network.

One result of this kind of interaction is to enable personal relationships. That’s what can happen when people personally interact on a local level in order to problem solve or find a better solution to a need.

The benefits to people-to-people networking are:

    • Working collaboratively with various government agencies or departments can produce superior results.
    • Nonprofit resources available on a local level can be made more effective when personal relationships are part of the network.
    • Any established process that brings people into closer personal contact has the potential to create unanticipated positive results.

This plan improves local community resource management by enabling more effective communication within existing government departments, and nonprofit organizations by establishing relationship pathways. Here, relationship pathways stands for networking where human contact and relationships are emphasized.

For additional information, see Concerned Connections