#hcsmca Time to Take a Bow
As #hcsmca celebrates 5 great years, I’m preparing a succession plan.
#hcsmca has been my playground – an incredible place to experiment, learn and grow. Re-reading this 2011 Globe and Mail article about #hcsmca, I’m reminded what #hcsmca has done in 5 years, 235 chats and 8 meetups; and what’s special about this community.
But for me personally the point has been reached where it is time to change my leading role in #hcsmca.
This comes at a time when the #hcsmca community is planning one of its biggest and most important ventures to date – our first all-day #hcsmca National Symposium – so in no sense should the succession statement above be viewed as a calamity.
Online communities mature and evolve. This has always been the case for #hcsmca.
Two years ago, Pat Rich posted a blog in which he asked quite explicitly whether #hcsmca remained relevant as a Twitter-based community and at that time the answer was a resounding yes. With the confidence of the community behind me, I worked with Shirley Williams and Pat to develop a new vision and mission with #hcsmca, which I think of as one of my proudest moments.
But in the wake of that process and in giving #hcsmca a strong philosophical and organizational basis a funny thing happened – my personal involvement in social media and online community building expanded in exciting new directions, primarily re-imaging online communities for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and Mayo Clinic Connect.
#hcsmca, in part, helped pave the way for vibrant social media health communities such as #bcsm, #hcldr and #medx. We helped advance the Patients Included movement here in Canada and beyond, including co-authorship of the Patients Included Charter.
The reality is that #hcsmca cannot and should not survive if only one person can commit to giving it the type of ongoing, volunteer support it requires.
Make no mistake – for the next several months as we lead up to the #hcsmca National Symposium in Vancouver in February – #hcsmca will remain an important priority for me. The Planning Committee working on the symposium is top-notch and the day will showcase just what the Canadian social media community can bring to improving health care. And #hcsmca weekly chats will continue at least until February 2016.
A 5th anniversary is something to celebrate, but also time for serious reflections. So in that spirit I would like to take time on Wednesday, Oct 7 at 1pm ET (time zone converter) to think about the following questions:
- T1 What does #hcsmca mean to you?
- T2 How can we continue to foster a health care social media community in Canada when weekly #hcsmca chats stop in Feb ’16?
- T3 What would your #hcsmca succession plan look like?
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