The last week in October, I was the Fall 2015 Duvall Leader in Residence at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Leadership Development (CFLD), part of UK’s College of Agriculture,Food and Environment, in Lexington. CFLD supports leadership related activities within the UK College of Agriculture, the University of Kentucky campus, the local Lexington community and counties statewide. My visit was sponsored by the W. Norris Duvall Leadership Endowment Fund and the CFLD, and focused on leadership development and community development and engagement as both relate to the use of online media.
It was a fantastic experience! I just can’t say enough about how well the residency was put together, how well my time was utilized. My time and knowledge were fully exploited – exactly as it should be! Thanks, Lissa and Dakota!
Here is a list of topics for all the workshops and consultations I created and delivered for such:
- Using social media for engagement, to build credibility, raise funds, recruit volunteers and reach new audiences for nonprofits and government agencies
- Press relations: making the press fall in love with you (for nonprofits and government agencies)
- Social media for engagement and promotion around community farmer‘s markets
- Using social media & online collaborative tools to demonstrate leadership & to support a team
- The changing face of volunteer engagement & how to exploit It
- Recruiting volunteers for diversity (especially youth)
- Democratizing engagement: leading in a virtual world
- Good to Great: examples of volunteerism for mission-promotion rather than task completion
- Capacity building and how social media can support such in mission-based organizations
- How to pursue international humanitarian aid & development careers (and how social media can help)
I cover all of these topics throughout my web site and in The Last Virtual Volunteering Guidebook, but I will be blogging in detail about a few of the aforementioned individual topics in the coming weeks, because there’s more to say – particularly “Democratizing engagement: leading in a virtual world,” which proved to be a fascinating project and discussion.
This consultancy got off to a rocky start, so I’m very glad it ended up working out so very well. My favorite part was getting to talk with the university students: they ask fantastic questions, they make me think, and they are so fearless when it comes to just about everything (except asking questions in class). AND THEY USE SOCIAL MEDIA: they were tweeting about what I was doing, replying to things I was posting, inviting people to later workshops – loved it! I want to give a shoutout to the University of Kentucky football team in particularly, as two of its players provided some key input in three of my classes that really helped move things along – and as one of those players went on to score a touchdown a few days later against Tennessee, perhaps I should be brought in to address the entire team?
They say that, to be a great at a sport, you have to “leave it all on the court” or “all on the field.” I tried to do the consultancy version of that in Kentucky last month. Proud of my work but, wow, I’m still exhausted!
And I’ll say it again: oh how I dream to teach an entire university course (or two!)