I had a letter to the editor published in the Fall, 1996 Outlook responding to an article in the previous issue announcing the launch of www.aauw.org.
My point was that www.aauw.org should list branch home pages (there were a few out there) “to encourage sharing of information among geographically dispersed branches by enabling position papers, project plans, and program ideas to be available online.”
I’ve tried to implement that vision from the “information sharing” side — see, for example,
- 2004 Expanding Your Horizons Workshop
- 2002 New Faculty Orientation booth
- 2002 Workshop on Selling AAUW
However, it wasn’t until this spring that a full project description took shape — see www.turntolearn.org.
On the other hand, I really don’t think that’s sufficient. Other ways to share ideas include the branch/state recognition programs (where the info really reaches very few), newsletters, displays at conventions (“Taste of Success”), state/regional/national visits to branches to pick up and pass along ideas, inter-branch meetings (and conventions) where people can simply talk to each other…
This posting was prompted because the Association is dropping the state recognition program (apparently focusing on its “award” value and ignoring its information sharing component) as of July 1, 2007. While that program was certainly flawed, I’m wondering what else could replace it. If you’re not familiar with the state application (and how much info can be crammed into it), see the AAUW NC 2006 application.