Posts By Lauren Modeen

How to Write an Effective Mission Statement for Your Community

Yogi Berra said: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” The same holds true for any community. Mission statements are not new. Yet with online communities popping up, bringing people together from town to town, coast to coast, and country to country, crafting an effective mission statement is moreRead… Read more »

What’s Your 6-Word Passion Story?

Excuse my corniness here, but passion realized is the like north star. When followed, it takes you on a kick-ass path: stimulation, fulfillment, trial + tribulations along the way. Like a magnet pulling you toward what you love to do, it gets you up in the morning early, makes you stay up at late night,Read… Read more »

What’s Your 6-Word Career Story?

The GovLoop community is clearly way ahead of the curve when it comes to the power of answering a hefty question in 7 words or less. This exercise forces you to crystallize only the essentials. For example: Well, apparently others have taken note, like this Valentine’s day-theme post by the WSJ: Here are some ofRead… Read more »

Food for Thought From #Gov2.0LA

I am going to be honest. No one is twisting my arm this weekend to attend Gov2.0LA. With a backdrop like this, and temperatures in the mid-70s, life is good. Not to mention the rampant ideas and energy-rich conversations going on with a room full of experts dedicated to making government better. Despite my sun-inducedRead… Read more »

5 Tips for Smarter Community Building

1. Hire a passionate leader. A community manager who is passionate about the subject is critical (if not highly correlated) to the success of the community. If this is not in place, it is nearly impossible to succeed. 2. Focus on base camp at first, not the summit. When you first launch a community, spendRead… Read more »

5 Tips for Smarter Event Networking Using Twitter

For those of us interested in expanding our networks (as we all should be), attending in-person events is key. Here are 5 ways Twitter can enhance your professional event-goings, and give you more bang for your networking buck. Consider 2 scenarios: Scenario 1: You’re new to a geographic location, industry, or company. You walk intoRead… Read more »