How Using Zoom to Bring Meetings Online Can Be Transformative

As we navigate our new world, how can we learn to continue our important work without face-to-face meetings and work sessions? Even more importantly, how can we provide support to each other, share our fears, and help each other figure out how to meet our needs — even though we cannot be in the same room.

I am convinced that we can use this time to make some of those big system shifts that need to happen. This is a time of opportunity as well as one of tragedy.

In the shift to the virtual world, we can come up with new ways of working and being together that help us move out of white supremacy culture and create communities that are good for all. Let me try out some of these ideas with you….

We can organize our online meetings in new ways. But as Nancy White points out, * (my paraphrase) “Let’s not take bad meeting design online! Let’s start with healthier, more fun, and more productive ways of meeting.”

  • Use collaborative tools and processes to determine your meeting agendas. Set up a single google doc for all your agendas and meeting notes and send out the link before the meeting to everyone coming so they can make suggestions. This shifts power in setting the agenda from management to the entire workforce or network.

If you have questions or practices you have created, please share in the comments below.

In our next post, we’ll discuss how zoom can help your community self-organize for support and transformation. We’ll be sharing lots of examples of innovative communities doing this now. If you have examples, please describe them in the comments.

Primer on zoom:

  1. Get an account at zoom.us (They have free accounts for 40 minute calls but the pro costs only $150 a year). This is an almost foolproof platform.

* See her excellent posts on virtual meetings HERE. I highly recommend sharing these with your staff or network!

featured image found at hbr.org

Originally published at NetworkWeaver.com

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June Holley

Helping those working towards transformation network, share learning, and create the support system for transformation. www.networkweaver.com