MPI Perspective - October 2008 - (Page 7)

p r e s i d e n t ’s m e s s a g e Connections, Collaborations through Technology According to Wikipedia, Web 2.0 is a term describing the trend in the use of World Wide Web technology and web design that aims to enhance creativity, information sharing, and, most notably, collaboration among users. These concepts have led to the development and evolution of web-based communities and hosted services, such as social-networking sites, wikis, blogs, podcasting and videocasting. I personally love the changes that Web 2.0 is bringing to the table, particularly the two-way conversation between our association and members, member to member and beyond. We are in the midst of a revolution and the possibilities are infinite. But, how do we navigate this seemingly chaotic environment and harness all that it has to offer? To start, MPI offers us GroupSpace. It is a place to build your own networks around the topics and interests that matter to you. Each group, created by you, has: • a blog—regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video • message board—for holding discussions and posting content • wiki—designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content • document library—a centralized resource for uploading and downloading documents • space for customizing your homepage—the landing page where users will learn what the group is all about The Northern California Chapter has its own GroupSpace that I encourage you to visit and participate in. It is a space where you can connect and collaborate with other chapter members from the comfort of your desk. It’s an easy way for you to make meaningful contributions with little effort and at the same time gain a wealth of information from your peers. However, GroupSpace is only as strong as the information we contribute. While it may be an initial behavior change, the benefits far outweigh the nominal time investment. To access GroupSpace, go to mpiweb.org, scroll down to the footer of the home page to Community and click on GroupSpace. Here you can search the groups and even create one of your own. To access the Northern California Chapter GroupSpace, you can find the direct link via our Web site at mpincc.org. Because it is a private space for our chapter members only, you must respond to the invitation. If you need another invitation, please contact the office at (925) 355-1912. I look forward to connecting with you online! ● By Molly Walsh, CMP We are in the midst of a revolution and the possibilities are infinite. But, how do we navigate this seemingly chaotic environment and harness all that it has to offer? MPINCCperspective | VOL. 27, NO. 2 | 7 http://www.mpiweb.org http://www.mpincc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of MPI Perspective - October 2008

MPI Perspective - Ocotber 2008
Contents
President's Message
Fast-Forward
Spotlight on Audio-Visual
Connecting with - Mitchell Bakst, CMP
12 Technology Trends in the Meetings and Events Market
Corporate Social Responsibility - Good for Whom?
Member Pearls
Chapter Chatter
Destination Spotlight - Sonoma Country
Index to Advertisers
Advertisers.com

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