iKnowHow: building a wiki for the voluntary sector (part twelve) The purpose behind the persuasion
Last week David Wilcox commented on the 11th blog post rightly saying 'I agree with the analysis. But do you want to continue with idea of *persuasion* when the theme is now relationships and network building?'.
A point well made but iKnowHow has been as much about building relationships and networks as it has been convincing people of the purpose of the concept as it is still surprisingly new in this context. Although pretty much everyone has heard of wikipedia, helping them to understand how the model could work when applied to sharing professional experience and then encouraging them to personally share, has been tough.
We recognise that people are short of time and want them to understand the real significance of their contribution. Editing or adding their knowledge is still that *scratchy head* moment - they ask what a wiki really is, what's the point and what is in it for them.
Seven reasons why iKnowHow is now
So in true wiki fashion our team at the NCVO worked in collaboration to come up with the reasons why the time is right for iKnowHow and why it needs you. So here's why you should play your part in the future of sharing knowledge in the nonprofit sector.
- iKnowHow could reduce web editing and publishing costs. As a sector we have less money to spend on maintaining online advice and support. Yet the demand for it is as big as ever. As people become more technically confident, iKnowHow invites everyone to share their knowledge and contribute. Through mass contributions, iKnowHow will become a resource packed with relevant, useful and practical advice. This could reduce the burden on web teams to create and edit web content. It could become a more sustainable model of web publishing, reducing costs across the sector.
- iKnowHow makes it easy for anyone to publish their knowledge online. Because we have developed a user-friendly interface for all contributions, anyone can write their own guides and edit others. Involvement can be small or large with a range of options - from making small language or grammatical changes to writing whole new guides from scratch. Each form of contribution has been thoroughly user-tested so that even the less technically minded will find it easy.
- iKnowHow isn’t about everyone else. It is an opportunity to develop your knowledge. Consider your own learning; iKnowHow stimulates reflection, knowledge sharing, and critical thinking.
- When you contribute to iKnowHow you have the opportunity to promote yourself. Use your KnowHow profile to show what YOU do and add your iKnowHow contributions to your CV. Show potential employers that you are proactive as well as knowledgeable.
- iKnowHow is first and foremost a collaborative platform - it makes collective, 'hidden' knowledge available in explicit form to the sector. In so doing it raises the sector’s intelligence level.
- Some of the content on iKnowHow pages was written in 2005. Allowing any user to update this content means our information and guidance will be more up to date and relevant to current user needs; reacting faster to the latest issues facing the voluntary sector.
- The future of the web is collaboration - so the sooner we all dip our toes in the water the better. There has been a change in the way we learn and work; the web is an interactive ‘social’ medium that increasingly requires active participation and collaboration. The days of passive, top-down learning are over. We're all experts now. So, come and join us in a more democratic online learning space!
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Please do tell us what you think. Are these good enough / clear enough reasons? Do they make you want to contribute? What other points should we add to the list?