I was on a panel today about the how New Media can improve communication among municipalities and neighborhood and community organizations. The other member of the panel was the Chief Administrative Officer of the city or Waterloo, Canada. We discussed the ways the city communicates and ways they might improve that communication.
What I noticed though was the audience. The usual suspects. I knew pretty much everyone of the attendees because they are the same folks who are involved in the myriad volunteer organizations that make the city run. I belong to several myself, and I was invited to speak because I knew the folks who were organizing the event.
So how exactly do you inspire new people to throw their hats into the ring? To get involved?