Foggy Town by Sri Dhanush Here’s another learning from my recent travels across the country.  It has to do with community, and regional participation.

I happen to live near and work in the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota area, and we have a very good, active social media community.  Because of this, its been easy for me to focus locally and (kind of) forget how many other large and small urban centers also have great communities.  That’s been the biggest learning as I’ve meet folks from all corners of the U.S. and around the world.

We all have vibrant social media communities, but they’re all different.  Some areas seem to be better at marketing, some better at technology or funding.  Regardless of the size of the city, the interest and enthusiasm always seems to be bigger than you’d think… and that’s the really fun part.

So my question to you this afternoon is what you’ve been doing to support that community and help it flourish.  The benefits of understanding what social media can do for individuals, businesses and your physical communities is growing at an impressive rate.  Its more than simply mainstream usage, it’s about people (society) adapting to new ideas and tools that support those ideas.  It’s cultural change which can be challenging for some organizations and individuals, and this is where you can help your community.

Getting involved in your local community is the best way to make things happen.  Find out what the need is and work on filling it.  It may  be getting people together at meetups, answering questions, or maybe training.  In any case, participating with your local community is as important as keeping up with the new ideas and tools that come out every day.

Picture courtesy Sri Dhanush

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