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Networks Matter

Build stronger ties and deeper connections with folks in comms for good.

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A major part of our purpose at The Communications Network is building stronger ties and deeper connections among the folks working in comms for good.

It’s important work. And it doesn’t happen by accident.

That’s why in 2022 we’ll have monthly virtual speed networking to help you expand and build your personal network and make some friends along the way.

We’ll be using a platform called Gatheround (don’t worry it’s simple, you don’t have to download anything — and the folks who used it at V21 loved it).

Over 60 minutes you’ll meet one-on-one with 3-5 folks and spend 5-10 minutes chatting with each person you meet!

Virtual Speed Networking / Gatheround FAQs

I’m registered, how do I use Gatheround?

If you’ve registered for an upcoming speed networking gathering, you will receive a link to Gatheround. Click on the link and follow these steps:

Step 1: Click “Let’s Go” to get started. A program called Gatheround will launch. Here is a FAQ that shows what Gatheround will be like.

Step 2: You’ll need to create an account and sign in if you haven’t used Gatheround before. Click “Allow Access” to your video and microphone and voila, you’re in!

Step 3: Click “Join Game” on the left side of your screen to match with other Network members.

Do I need to register?

Yes. You’ll need to register in advance. We expect sessions to fill up, so don’t wait until the day of to sign up!

I missed it, when is the next one?

Our goal is to host these gatherings about once a month, check here for the next one.

Do I need to be a Network member?

Yes. Gatheround is open to all current Communications Network members. Not sure about your membership, email Tristan (tmohabir@comnetwork.org)

How to Show Up?

The Communications Network is dedicated to a safe, productive, and harassment-free experience for everyone — online and in-person. Learn more about our code of conduct here.

We ask you to observe The Communications Network’s No Solicitation Policy. Learn more about that here.

What to Expect?

When you join, you’ll see the stage at the top of the room — and you’ll also see the chat. Make sure to say hello to your host and others, and stay engaged in the chat!

You’ll be matched 1-on-1 with other Network members at random. Your video and audio will turn on and your group will see a series of cards with prompts that are meant to guide your conversation. Note that you will not be able to see yourself unless you hover over your avatar at the bottom of your screen. Once your conversation is over, your group will then automatically be sent back into the main room to do it again!

If you have any audio or video issues, click on the gear icon to change your device settings. If you need help, just press the question mark to address camera issues, connectivity problems, or anything else that doesn’t look right.

Networks matter. Here’s proof:

Looking for a little more information about networks and how they can help you and your foundation or nonprofit advance its mission? Here’s some recommended reading.

How Leaders Create and Use Networks (Harvard Business Review)
Designing Effective Knowledge Networks (MIT Sloan Management Review)
The New Network Leader (Stanford Social Innovation Review)
Give & Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success (Adam Grant)

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