Since mid-March, we have had an important addition to the Jesuit Networking team – Erika Meyer – a graduate of Boston College and a staff member at the foundation, Entreculturas.
Erika will be helping with the overall project coordination, and the idea is that she can support the work of different team leaders, especially in guiding workflows and internal communication. She will now be the main support person for any doubt regarding coordination, planning details and resources for each of the teams.
We are happy to have Erika with us at Jesuit Networking, not only for her support, but also because she has always been a great friend and promoter of this project. Welcome Erika!
To contact her with issues related to this project, please write firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve been talking about the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network in many of our previous posts. The Jesuit Networking Project has been invited to be part of the next meeting of leaders of the five current networks that will take place in Rome this May. We will lead a workshop on communication and networks trying to contribute to the common reflection of how technology and communication could play a key role in the development of global networks within the Society of Jesus. This is a great opportunity for us to work with the people who are truly networking at a global scale. You will hear more about this further on.
Since the beginning of February, some of the communication channels have been transferred to leaders of each of the workgroups. These days in Boston we’re having meetings with Tony Homsy, the new responsible for the Jesuit Networking Facebook account. We are working hard to coordinate a common communication strategy between the blog, twitter and Facebook channels, and Tony is being an important part on this.
The idea with the Facebook account is to do a post per day, with the following logic:
If you want to contribute to this group, you can join the Jesuit Networking content production workgroup. You can also reach him directly at email@example.com. Let us know if you want to be part of this effort, there is always need of more hands, not only for the amount of work, but mainly for the richness of the different perspectives and cultural sensitivities.
Photo: Tony Homsy, SJ and Dani Villanueva, SJ
One of the first group of people who reacted to the Jesuit Networking Initiative was a group from the Boler School of Business at John Carroll University, in Cleveland. This jesuit university has an exciting group of people interested in marketing and quantitative analysis. Tina Facca, one of our bloggers, is the professor leading all this effort that has been of great support to our work since the very beginning. Last week we have the chance of visiting John Carroll and work for a couple of days without the need of “digital mediation.”
Tina and her team are really engaged with the preparation of the next WUJA meeting and the promotion of all kind of Jesuit Networking initiatives. She is a key player in the Jesuit Networking Research Group and she is open to put her resources in order to service our common mission, specially helping with market analysis, feasibility studies, and quantitative analysis for non-profits within the jesuit world. We are really grateful to Tina and John Carroll University for their generosity.
PHOTO: Tina Facca and Dani Villanueva, SJ.
I think that everybody engaged on the Ignatian digital sphere knows already about the Ignatian Solidarity Network. This initiative is an interesting concept of hub for social justice leaders throughout the Ignatian family with a lot of resemblances to what we’re trying to do with the Jesuit apostolic body.
Last week we have the chance of visit them at their headquarters in Cleveland and invest a good amount of quality time discussing about possible synergies and common projects regarding the global social dimension of our mission throughout our network of institutions, specially in the educational field. if you are not following them, we encourage you to do so. In twitter @IGsolidarityNET is one of the best references for social justice issues within the Ignatian world.
PHOTO: Chris Kerr, coordinator of Ignatian Solidarity Network with Dani Villanueva, SJ coordinator of Jesuit Networking Project.
Little by little Jesuit institutions and networks are approaching Jesuit Networking as a hub where collaboration may happen among different players of the Jesuit mission body. Some of the institutions are just connected with our network or contribute to our contents… But some are part of our core-group participating in the strategy and contributing with resources to the network.
Last week, after a few meetings and some exciting conversations, the world committee of Christian Life Communities is joining the core-group. This network of communities is present in all five continents, in more than sixty countries. The Christian Life Community is an international association of Christians. Members make up small groups, which are part of larger communities organised regionally and nationally, all forming ONE World Community. The charism and spirituality of CLC are Ignatian and they have a strong sense of common mission with the Society of Jesus. You can learn more about CLC communities in their website http://www.cvx-clc.net/
One of the challenges for the Visual Design group has been to produce banners and memes with an easy workflow, following the content of the blog or the topic we choose to promote each week. For this reason, from the very beginning, we realized that the official logo of the project was not working well when put on top of different images. In order to have a quick process to produce the memes, we decided to look for a monochrome version of the logo and these are some of the options we were considering.
As you can see in the last series of memes we are using the one of the left down corner.
If you have any idea or suggestion, it would be well received. If you want to join the visual design group, be free to jump in to our Facebook group following this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jesuitnetworking.networkthinking/
The World Union Jesuit Alumni (WUJA) has a global meeting every four years. Last year we hold it in Medellin (Colombia) and the next one will be in Cleveland in 2017. John Carroll University is working hard with the WUJA committee in order to start the arrangements for such a big meeting, and Jesuit Networking has been approached also to be part of that strategy. The idea is to be able of coordinate global efforts in order to take advantage of such a gathering, in a way that will help global networks to work with a clear objective and gather in Cleveland for that date (late june 2017).
Talking about devirtualizing digital volunteers, a week ago we have a great meeting at Boston with Marina Ríos, the coordinator of the Network Weavers work group. Taking advantage of one of my trips to the States, we invested an afternoon working on the strategy to start mapping the actors within the Jesuit Network, considering methodologies in order to gather in a systematic way influencers, institutions and networks from all around the Jesuit world.
This group it’s going to be moving forward in the following weeks, and Marina is full of ideas and specific proposals to reach the objectives of this group. [See post on the Network Weavers strategies] If you want to join Marina in that effort, please, don’t hesitate in joining our Network Weavers Work Group, because action will start soon!!
PHOTO: Marina Ríos and Dani Vilanueva meeting in Boston on February 2014.
Many of you have asked us on these weeks where is the Jesuit Networking logo coming from. The story is quite simple. At the beginning of the project we knew we needed our own corporative image to be recognized on social networks and the web. We where looking for a modern looking logo that at the same time could be understood as partner of classic Jesuit works. And we started the work with the guys of logoglo.
The background concept was communication and networks, diversity and communion, dialogue and common agency… It was not easy to get into the right track, but after a few attempts we got into the dialogue bubbles concept, quite classic, but with a bold balance of colors… We also decided to highlight, as part of the logo, the three lines of action of the project: communicate, research, and collaborate.
We will need to improve it soon, but we thought was a good starting point for last december website launch. Now we are already trying monochrome versions, but this will be part of another post. Here you have some of the different stages of the evolution of the concept: