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14 Tips for Creating Group Memory

Blog: Collaborative Planning & Social Business

Running a volunteer group can feel sometimes like the Greek mythical Sisyphus: just when you get everyone up to date and knowledgeable about what you are doing, people leave and new people join and you have to start all over again. An effective group memory can help. There are many things a new member needs to know in order to integrate quickly. Some people are shy about asking questions which can lead them to contribute with an inaccurate understanding of what has and has not already been done.

A group memory allows new members to understand the goals, status, and history of the group on their own, without taking the precious time of veteran members. People who know the historical details can contribute more successfully and feel more confident about what they offer. An accurate group memory helps transparency in everything the group does.

Groups with a memory are more effective and more efficient than groups where the leader simply attempts to fill everyone in as needed. A group memory gives you transparency which makes members more engaged and more confident. Building a group memory means establishing a few basic habits in the day-to-day work. It is not just about recording the past. When a system is set up correctly, the group memory builds on its own and becomes a valuable tool for getting things done in the future.

Weaver is an online platform that makes it easy for groups to build a group memory as you are working to get things done. We make it available for free to deserving non-profit charity organizations. Circle Weaver is a coop united by a single theme: people are the source of all good, and when we work together we transcend our challenges. If you don’t know Weaver, give us a try!

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