|9 Apr 2021
"This post is long overdue, and I apologise for the delayed explanation. I'm aware you may have picked up on some incomplete information and I hope to provide clarity in this article (Brendan Jenman - 8 April 2021)."
The purpose of this group is to create an ODU knowledge base in a central online location for interested and affected ODs. We're seeking ODs who play any small role in creating engagement across the OD Community. This knowledge base (on information, tools or datasets) should ultimately assist those ODs in their pursuits; whether that be in a geographical region, by branch, interest area or by 'class of' (year) or other.
Q: So why have you been added to this group, without any communication?
A: We needed to start somewhere. Everyone that has been added, is by default, already involved in OD engagement activities and could provide content contributions in some way. Please stay with it for a little while, watch, ask questions and help to shape the group OR feel free to leave. We're in an initiation and consultation phase.
Q: What are the problems we are trying to solve?
A: In summary, we're trying to increase the connections between ODs, build awareness of the ODU amongst ODs, and increase OD engagement. Achieving this requires good information flows, to and from the ODU and shared objectives.
Some of the issues to overcome to achieve this and take advantage of technology include:
Q: How does having a group area on OD Connect (the tool that powers www.odunion.com) help this happen?
A: The short answer, by having collaboration space with the members of the group, to agree on objectives and priorities, take suggestions and inform them of operational aspects of the ODU. This will create a long-lasting, easy to find knowledge base that can be used to help build engagement. This also helps to build continuity in methodology and effort into the organisation and its long-term operations.
Q: What's next?
A: From time to time we will publish information to the group. Every fortnight, on a Friday, the system will send out any new articles, resources or forum comments to members via email. The next series of articles will be detailed outlines of some of the outcomes of Project 20/20 e.g. the ODU Communication Strategy. Feel free to discuss any topics on the forum below the articles. OD Office Updates will also be published here to give insights into Office activity for those interested. You are welcome to submit articles to the group. Articles can be group specific, or be open to the main news page as well.
Website Group 'Resources':
Resources are files or articles that do not drop down the news feed in time. I have added 4 resource to date which can be found on the homepage of the group
These will be updated regularly and allow you to review were we are with each of the above.
In closing, please feel free to comment below, or email Brendan Jenman at [email protected]. Everything is open for debate (including the page name) and shaping to suit our needs. Please also feel free to send this article to others, nominate others, or request others to join the group - if they're ODs who run whatsapp groups or who are keen to get involved.
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