"The possibility of connecting with people both online and
in-person in order to 'think globally and act locally' is very exciting to me," says William Cerf, a Connector in Brooklyn, New York.
"The Connectors and Connector Teams located throughout the world
offer an incredible array of energy, insights, and innovative ideas."
What's his experience as a Connector been like so far?
The Brooklyn Team has had three meetings at the Brooklyn Public Library attended by a half-dozen or so
people. The relationship-building between us has been a little slow-going so far, but I believe that developing a robust Team in Brooklyn will
allow for much greater collaboration among corporate nonprofits and activists.
What does he hope the Network will accomplish?
Eventually I see the Connector program meshing very well with Idealist's other offerings to create an extraordinarily robust
set of platforms for effectively and efficiently engaging with extremely
complex social problems and a frayed social safety net.
Personally, I believe
that activists, social enterprises, and the nonprofit sector need to
collaborate with each other and rely much less on large institutional programs.
What are his best ideas for moving his Team forward?
I would love a
mapping tool to show Connectors how physically close they are to one another. Maybe we could work out a deal with [private social network] NextDoor to allow people to search for all the
census tracts in a particular borough? People might want to create new Teams
based on proximity to each other.