Social Networks in New Zealand
Kiwi Scrum is has a restricted membership. You must have a strong New Zealand connection to join. This is the second largest NZ based network in LinkedIn. (3007+) Of course LinkedIn is the largest business network on the Internet with 200+ million members. Kiwi Scrum is particularly popular with ex-pat Kiwi's, and there are now several subgroups based in overseas locations.
I've tried to set out a wider purpose for the network as it's grown. Here is one attempt. The Purpose of Kiwi Scrum, in 2008 and again in July 2012, a changing scene.
In January 2013, as we topped 3000 members, I tried again to reframe what we need to focus on, in this file, Kiwi Scrum - A Direction for 2013. It's a provocative statement. I want it to create debate. What do our members think?
[Rant Opens.] I believe our survival is at stake, and we do .....? Almost nothing so far. We carry on blindly hoping the big bad wolf doesn't really exist. There should be wide public debate, and there is, apart from a few isolated voices, silence. [End of Rant.]
Kiwi Scrum has among it members all the New Zealanders with more than 2000 connections (thirty-two) with the exception of five people (August 2011). I have purposely avoided making subgroups for NZ towns and cities. You can do that. Many people will join a local group who would never think to join Kiwi Scrum. If you need help with that please ask.
The Network Ambassador for Kiwi Scrum is John Stephen Veitch, a veteran of 18 years Internet use. This page has links to a great deal of advice about how to use social networks to grow your knowledge and extend your opportunities. The monthly Kiwi Scrum Newsletters are short, about two pages and contain current information that will help you develop your own network. Back issues are well worth reading and are available here.
There are about 100,000 New Zealand members of LinkedIn. 35% of them have so few connections that they can't begin to use LinkedIn in any practical way (Less than 30). Half the members have fewer than one hundred connections. Informed LinkedIn users like yourself can help to change that.
Please be active in looking for New Zealanders with low numbers of connections. Be helpful, coach them; link to them, and invite them here. There are more than 100 Open Networkers in Kiwi Scrum. Most new Kiwi Scrum members can add at least 10 people to their network in about 5 minutes, and 60 or more in an hour. Link to them all, not just the "big hitters". I assure you it's quite safe.
If a person with only a few connections, adds 20 Open Networkers to their small network, that has approximately this effect. First Degree 20; Second Degree 21,000; Third Degree 2,675,000: That's well worth doing.
There is a distinct lack of strength in New Zealand Small towns. Connect New Zealand. If you have friends in a small town, invite them in.
There's a lot of reading in the links below. You can become a much better informed LinkedIn user, by reading these notes. The material offered is essential information most people take many years to learn. Learn the easy way from people who know. You won't be disappointed. There is also a printable guide if your prefer that.
Your Kiwi Scrum Group "setup".
What does Kiwi Scrum Membership offer?
Building your LinkedIn Network
"I don't know you" problems: Open Networkers
Kiwi Scrum Newsletter
Dealing with Email Overload
Joining other social Networks
Improving your learning rate
Rewriting your LinkedIn Profile
Printable Guide from all the above pages (8 Pages)
One of the most important books I've read in the last 10 years is "Bridge at the Edge of the World" by James Gustave Speth. Here is my four page summary of the book in two formats, Word Doc, and Open Office Document. Gus Speth is active in his retirement. There are several videos on YouTube.
Look for the book in the library.