By Brett McMillan, Community Engagement Coordinator
This summer I was working as the Podio Support Contractor with Engineers Without Borders. I was tasked with taking Podio, the community’s monitoring and evaluation system, to the next level – both exploring new uses and updating existing functions. Podio is the website chapter members use to share their events with National Office and other chapters, for reporting purposes and sharing knowledge in the community.
Investing in 30,000 Systems Change Leaders is an ambitious and bold statement on the vision EWB has for a growing and engaged community. It is a metric that can drive creativity and innovation, but as we discovered as a Community Team, it can also lead to paralysis. Over the past 6 months we have discovered that while this goal is ambitious, it is not the ultimate expression of what the Community Team is striving for. It is rather one of the milestones we must achieve in order to invest in an inspired, passionate and action-oriented community of leaders large enough to deliver on the systems change we are seeking for our world.