Terry Grunwald explains five key benefits of being online, with links to longer articles at Connecting Communities based on Terry’s work.
The Internet is a great library of information where you may find information about other organisations, funding, Government programmes, campaigns, jobs and much more. This information may be on the Web, contained in email messages or newsgroups. In order to find it you will probably need to use a search engine, or locate a gateway site which provides signposts to relevant content.More here on the benefits of information on the Net.
Email provides a fast, low-cost cost way of sending private messages one-to-one, or from one-to-many at no greater cost. Mailing lists enable large number of people to discuss shared interests across countries or continent.More here on the communication benefits of the Net.
Collaborating is a special form of communication, focused on a specific objective and often time-limited. People can work together using email, the Web, ftp and other tools even though separated by distance and time zones. This collaboration may take place informally and publicly, through mailing lists or newsgroups, or more formally on closed systems assisted by a facilitator. More here on using the Net to collaborate.
The World Wide Web enables the smallest organisation to present its achievements - and its needs - to the world. Even the modest activity of participating in mailing lists and newsgroups raises profile. Organisations who create a gateway site, organising and signposting information around a topic, will achieve even more visibility for their own efforts. More here on achieving visibility.
The Internet provides great potential for improving the effectiveness of organisations - whether public, private or community-based. It can keep you abreast of others using new technology; enhance internal information and communication systems; cut the time and cost of external communication; and improve project management. In doing so, it can give the small group the power of larger organisations. More here on managing effectively.