TBN’s real value comes from the connections in the Network. As well as directly connecting TBN Partners to each other to collaborate on projects, access resources and share knowledge, we also want to provide spaces where the Network can connect organically.
LinkedIn and Twitter have been great forums for this so far, and today we’ve launched TBN’s very own community and discussions site. We hope this will help you connect and collaborate with others in the Network in a much easier and more centralised way than relying on long email threads!
You can use the site now at: http://discussions.tbnetwork.org
Getting started with the site is really easy, just create a free account in a few seconds and you’re good to go. We’ll be providing some more resources to help you get the best out of it but for now let me highlight some key features and use-cases:
Everyone on the site has a public profile and you can use this to highlight your skills, experience and interests. This means you can connect with Partners of TBN based on their profile.
When you create an account you’ll have a chance to fill out your own details, and you can edit them at any time by clicking on your name in the sidebar (or at the bottom of your screen on mobile devices), then on the profile tab and then on ‘Edit’.
To find others in the network you can either browse everyone on the main users page, or search for individuals by keyword.
Connecting with others as a group is really easy. If there’s a group you already want to join simply find it on the Group page and click ‘Join’. If you want to make a new group you can create your own group here.
Groups are a great way to bring people together around a particular topic, project, trip, or anything else you can think of. For example, if you are looking to gather people together to collaborate on a project you can invite them to join your group. Anyone in the group can then post topics, discussions, updates or questions.
Or you might have some colleagues and other like-minded people in your area that you’d like to start engaging in business to tackle poverty. Groups are a great place to gather them together and start forming a local community of TBN Partners. You can even bring into the group others in TBN to share their experiences and talk to your group’s members.
Forums are good place to have discussions around particular topics, and are more light-weight and open than Groups. You can see all the active forums on the forums page. Just click on one that seems appropriate and start or join a topic in there.
Groups can also have their own private forums which work in the same way as public forums. If you’re running a group with lots of people in you might want to use forums to break up conversations into smaller topics.
We hope you find this resources useful for your projects, discussions and networking. If you’ve got any feedback please free to get in touch on [email protected]