STP Network Organizing

Dashboard for STP's network organizing efforts

WhatsApp, Wye? 2

June 10, 2016 – June 30, 2016

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How might we...

  • How might we stay engaged with each other on an ongoing basis?
    • How might we capture and share the spirit and content of meetings with those who didn’t participate?
      • How might we lift up Wye River leaders work that is featured in the media in order to drive them to the Wye River Website?


If we were all connected via the mobile app, WhatsApp, then we’d be able to quickly share updates and videos that others would read and watch.


Get Miya and Heather on WhatsApp. See if, at minimum, they share updates and (epic) videos with each other. As we run across other Wye participants, ask them one-on-one if they'd like to join the WhatsApp group.


WhatsApp engagement:
  • Who posts, when, and how frequently?
  • Who's posting video or photos?
Who's already using it? Who wants to join our group? Who installs it to join?


Everyone on the design team has participated on WhatsApp. It's not clear that WhatsApp is a better platform for sharing than the design team mailing list has been. People's responsiveness on WhatsApp mostly mirrors their responsiveness on the mailing list, with the exception of Miya. It's also not clear that WhatsApp is a better platform for sharing video. We've had the same numbers of videos shared by leaders on WhatsApp as on YouTube via the mailing list (one). Still, WhatsApp is definitely easier to share videos with than YouTube + mailing list.


Do another iteration of WhatsApp Wye. Invite all the Wye leaders onto it, but don't make a concerted effort to add them. Bring them on slowly and organically — i.e. if they request it, or if someone sees them one-on-one and encourages it.



How might we stay engaged with each other in an ongoing basis?

At the WyeRiver meeting in March 2016, Wye leaders decided to sharpen their focus and come together to do long term planning together. There was strong consensus that in order to succeed, the network must try working in different shapes and move forward their work in between the two annual meetings.

This “how might we”question and the associated experiments are testing out different methods for communicating what work is happening and prompting increased engagement.

#whatsapp, #whatsapp2, #whatsapp3, #youtube_celebrities_2, #youtube_celebrities

Idelisse saw George and told him about WhatsApp. He wants to be included.

He thought he was already on WhatsApp, but I couldn’t find him there. Idelisse is following up.


Hashtag #whatsapp2
Accountable Eugene
Team Miles River + Design Team
Modified March 20, 2017


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