Tuesday, November 08, 2005


It's really easy to center one's entire focus online. Why have a live event if you can have a online community? But we've learned that there is tremendous value in face-to-face team building and support that no Web 2.0 (or Web 5.0 for that matter) technology will replace. The trick is in the balance, at least that's what we've found.------------------Judi SohnOperations DirectorC3: Colorectal Cancer Coalition
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Ms Sohn's observation merits your attention. Web 2.0 compliments face-to-face team building. It facilitates rather than replaces social interaction in the physical world. Building a strong value/mission oriented network still requires (and no doubt always will) an element of face-to-face interaction.
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Anonymous Chris Jordan said...

Team building and relationship building is inherently based upon trust. This means that, as Tom's post points out, even Web 5.0 won't be able to replace the shake of a hand, the look into the eyes and the general perception of posture and body language which goes into a real relationship.

I am in full agreement that we must never lose sight of the fact that this technological 'toolset' is really just that - tools - to facilitate the initial connection, not necessarily the limit of 'closeness' which can and must be achieved when building the network.

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