The first priority for each user of inFlow will be to get familiar with using it. I suggest that a project each of you can do for that purpose, is to map the network of people who are part of this SNA group, and who attended the training yesterday. If more people join this group, then they can be added to the SNA. You all can discuss how to do that. You could create different surveys and different excel spread sheets, or you could collaborate on creating one survey and spread sheet that you each use in creating your own SNA of the group.
Valdis suggested a couple of project ideas that would be worth doing next, aiming to have something completed by the May 27 and 28 conference which will be held at Loyola.
a) Create a SNA of participants from the T/MC conferences held in May and Nov of 2007, 2008 and 2009. We can download from our Filemaker pro database the full name, organization, city, state, fields, and create one more field (y/n) telling us if they are a tutor/mentor program or not. The SNA maps created between now and the conference could be used to update participants on what we've been doing since the Nov 09 conference and to ask for support for further SNA which would require their involvement. That leads to the next step.
b) During the conference, we can use the list of attendees, to survey them with questions that tell us how much contact they have had with other people attending the confernces, either as a result of the conference, or through previous connections. The list of questions for this survey would be developed by all of you, with advise from Valdis and myself.
c) Between now and the Nov. 2010 conference I want to do a map of tutor/mentor programs in Chicago similar to the map Valdis included in his ppt, showing economic development organizations in Clevelend. Such a map would be a primary tool to present to donors asking for further investment in the T/MC, and continued SNA project development.
The first step is to learn to use inFlow. Thus, I encourage you to suggest other ideas, or just jump into it and show what you have created by posting your maps on this forum. Some of you will spend more time on this than others. Some will learn faster. That's fine. As long as we can show on-going growth in what we learn, and who is helping us, we are making progress.