This past weekend, we had an intensive work day with those who are leading the growing Jesuit secondary education network, which has emerged from the International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education. Since the beginning of this initiative around July 2012, we have been in contact, mutually learning from one another, an experience which will soon bear fruit. For now, the network is in the early stages of implementation, beginning to form its team. Soon, we will provide more updates.
During the last few weeks, we have started using a tool called TRELLO to coordinate the production processes of some of our working groups. Specifically, today we want to describe the production processes for the memes that we publish on social networks which are becoming more and more efficient and distributed.
While our volunteers who form part of the content group select the phrases and ideas to visually communicate, a visual design team decides on the photos, which must be royalty free or under a creative commons license, to use with each of these ideas. Once the proposal has been developed and approved by the visual coordinating team, the designers finish the layout and then we have our meme ready to publish. Every week, we publish one of the memes, usually on Wednesdays, always trying to make a link with the themes of the content on the Jesuit Networking project blog.
Do you want to be part of this process? Send a message to email@example.com and request the link to the TRELLO board where these actions are being carried out. The more collaborators we have working with us, the more content we will be able to generate. With a little more time to strengthen this process, we will be able to improve the quality of our work and its impact.
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.
As you can imagine, it is not easy to coordinate the work of more than 120 volunteers in 7 different working groups. We are aware that at times it is difficult to see the fruits of our work as most of our efforts are taking place within each of the small teams and in some cases have not developed into concrete products yet. This coordination blog is one attempt to give an overall sense of what is going on behind the scenes at Jesuit Networking. This is why its content is completely different from the “official” blog where we seek to share content regarding networking. Here, we are working to convey the movements and developments that are taking place. Hopefully, we are achieving our goal.
At first, we thought that the content of this blog would be for internal communication purposes only, but after months of testing, we have recognized the need for transparent communication regarding some of the internal contents of the project through social networks. This is why our Social Media team is occasionally using this blog as a source of content for our followers, and it’s no problem if you want to replicate these posts through your social networks.
If you are in charge of a team and would like to publish something on this blog, please feel free to send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
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).