(Background: In the BoST call from Feb 1 Gien came up with the idea of an OSCEdays mentorship program. Lars and Gien have volunteered to push the idea further. Feel free to join us in this experiment! – Everone – become a membership programme coordinator.)
Hi @gien +
What do you think, how should we go about the Mentorship Programme? How should it look like?
Here are some ideas from the top of my head:
We would of course need a Call for Mentors – a brief text explaining the job. And than onboarding calls or emails with them, answering their questions etc. A bit similar to the onboarding with cities.
Presenting them on the Page
We would than present them on the page much like our faces. I would suggest to add next to a picture just the
(1) The name / and profession or job
(2) Three hashtags about the expertise – this is what you can ask the guy: #materials #circularbusinessmodels #productdesign #opensource etc.
(3) And a date, when he is online available for questions.
Designing the interaction
Present at a local event
First of all I think, the person should be also on site in a local event. So in case, there is nothing to do online he can go around there too and help people. Therefor it is easy, we can send out a call to the local organizers, asking them, if they have an expert for the list. There can be exceptions be made though, with really good experts.
A topic as CHAT
My first idea was, the person could be available for let’s say 4 hours in an hangouts online stream. But this is not a good idea. Because he would have to sit in front of a computer, hangouts is required, bad connection, and MOST IMPORTANTLY: The answers are not searchable afterwards. Exchanged knowledge is lost. Noone watches 4 hours of shitty video.
Instead I came up with this: There should be a topic with each expert. When we onboarded him we create this for him. In the main topic we introduce him briefly and his expertise and say, when he is available and invite people to post questions already in the weeks befor the actual event. During the event, the questions will be answered in the 4 hours the expert is online. (And maybe also before or even after :-P). In the chat. You can engage in asking extra questions live. That way the whole exchange on #materials is recorded and searchable. And when nothing happens the person can walk around at the local event or search the forum and comment on other parts.
Plus VIDEO? – Here is a little extra idea that would be definitely nice but extra work. When we onboard them, we ask them to do a very quick intro via Hangouts about themselves. We record this via Google Hangouts On Air. A 2 to 3 minute video where we ask them:
- Who are you?
- What are you doing/what are you interested in?
- What can people ask you?
- What do you think about Open Source Circular Economy Days? Why did you join it?
That way we would have amazing videos to put in the topic of each mentor and also something super cool to announce everything.
Materials for them
What we would need next to A CALL FOR MENTORS and a structure how to display them publicly and organize everything in the back for us is a topic where we explain the mentors the tech: How to sign up in the forum. How to reply to questions. Maybe how to use google hangouts.
It is one hell of a task, a lot of work. But I think an excellent and powerful thing if we manage to set it up and keep it running. Maybe the best thing in this years OSCEdays. And I think it is also great because it is tailored for your best talent @Gien – reaching out to people and inspire them for interaction.
The only thing in the scenario above I wonder is if sitting infront of a computer for 4 hours answering questions in a chat is something attractive for an expert. Of course she or he is also displayed as an expert on the webpage and stuff. And she or he can learn a lot from the interaction. I think, it should be enough.