[On January 29, 2007 Texas Forums conducted an open house / idea exchange. We shared the upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, and asked participants to write ideas down on notecards. To read more ideas from this and other events, go to our Idea Exchange Category.]
The following suggestions are from Kevin Koym, founder of Enterprise Teaming.
“Drive more traffic to website from your newsletters instead of the whole article in the e-mail. Pull us into the website. This will create community.”
Response from Taylor:
Kevin – well d’oh! What was I thinking? I guess I was just lazy slapping everything into the newsletter instead of linking to our web site. Actually, Elaine is working diligently to get us a new site because our current content management system is 18 months old and you know (better than most) what that means in the world of technology. It means that it is clunky and I try to avoid using it. That’s also why more and more of my time is spent updating information on our blog.
Also from Kevin:
“Leveraging your entrepreneurs. My idea – have a place perhaps a blog) on texas forums where citizens can present problems that might be solved by our network of entrepreneurs – bootstrappers.”
Response from Taylor:
I have a Help Page on the blog, but it only lets you add one posting and I don’t know how to set up RSS feeds for comments.
I have a category on our blog for Civic Entrepreneurship that I’ll use for updates on my fellowship from the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois. Again, it would be easier to involve the Bootstrap network if I could get the RSS feeds set up right.
I also have a collaborative web site set up (it’s actually a very user-friendly wiki) to keep track of research projects and ideas. We could take one project to start and see who is interested. I think you will be interested in the University of Illinois research project with students in the Designing Digitally Mediated Information Services class. They are working on technology projects listed on our blog. Perhaps some of your entrepreneurs would be interested in working on something that could also have benefit to them.
I’d love to explore this idea with you and your bootstrap buddies. We just need to talk about how to make it work logistically! If anyone can make it work, it’s you and the bootstrap network. (BTW for those of you who don’t know about Bootstrappers, this following audio presentation by Bootstrap Founder Bijoy Goswami to the Austin American Society for Training and Development is a good introduction.)