Catalyzing change – the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows’ mid-year meeting

Posted by Lou Woodley, Program Director – AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program

Red sign that reads "Changed Priorities Ahead"
Changed priorities ahead” by Peter Reed under CC BY-NC 2.0

This week saw the return of the 2017 class of AAAS Community Engagement Fellows to DC for their mid-year meeting. Following their week-long training in the fundamentals of community management back in January the Fellows have been working to support collaborations at their home institutions. Meet the Fellows and find out what they are each working on here.

The #CEFP2017 mid-year meeting had the theme of “change” – and we explored this from various angles including individual perspectives on implementing what’s been learned so far, organizational change, and what it means to create a “learning organization”. We also worked together on our community playbooks as tools to help us communicate the methods behind community management to our colleagues.

The core meeting lasted for a busy couple of days and the individual project teams that formed during January spent an additional day working in-person. These project teams are defining community metrics, analyzing community manager job descriptions and collecting resources to provide support for the emerging field of scientific community management.

Finally, I’d like to note how wonderful it to see how the cohort is evolving and changing as the year progresses. From their initial intense week together in January, the group members have continued to build trust, and share generously and honestly with one another.

Read on for the Storify of tweets from the mid-year meeting.