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This a wide community, but the participation in discussions is always centered in a few personalities opinions.
The majority of the discussions involves always the same valuable persons with any doubts valuable contributions, and the origin of the opinions are provenient almost all from the same culture ( American continent).
What approaches do you think that this social network could implement to increase cultural and gender debate diversity?
How to increase the participation of other cultures in the debate like Europe, África or Asia, certainly this will enrich the opinions debate.
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Dear Alexandre
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing

My question would be broader:
"How to increase member participation in reflection in this community?"

From what I could find out (correct me if you are mistaken) there are 387,712 people who created your public profile

Of course, with this increased participation would be people from all over the world, with different cultures
Alexandre -

This is an interesting question but is it unique to this community or is it true of most online (and even in-person) communities that a minor few (I won't use the term "vital" as that implies level of importance) contribute the majority of the content?

I've seen this with PMI chapters and with the communities for other (non-PM) associations as well.

There are a number of gamification-based tactics used in this community to encourage increased participation, and some of those have been used & abused by a few non-contributing members.

Perhaps one such tactic would be to zero out all the contribution-based metrics (e.g. influence, articles, blogs) so new members don't feel that it will take "forever" to get noticed?

Luis is a good example of someone who joined this community very recently, but has made a big impact with his posts and feedback on discussion threads & articles so, in his case, it is clear that being a newcomer to the community from a non-American country was not a barrier to participation.

What would you suggest?

Kiron
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3 replies by Alexandre Costa, Luis Branco, and Stéphane Parent
Dec 15, 2019 8:22 AM
Alexandre Costa
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I agree with you kiron in most of your arguments, nevertheless i have a few ideas about the subject. I think one important thing to implement could happen at editorial level, they could use the diversity of the local chapters spread around the world to publish an article of a chosen member of each chapter per week promoting diversity of opinions and cultures.
Dec 15, 2019 9:26 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
I started participating more actively in this community in 2015 attending all Conferences organized during that year by ProjectManagement.com
Dec 16, 2019 12:57 PM
Stéphane Parent
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"Perhaps one such tactic would be to zero out all the contribution-based metrics (e.g. influence, articles, blogs) so new members don't feel that it will take "forever" to get noticed?"

I've made that very suggestion when I was on a PMI project. I also suggested a minimum amount of PDUs for Giving Back to the Profession category. (Sadly, there is a maximum of PDUs only on that category.) Both of these changes could help increase content creation in the forum.
In my personal opinion the block is language. Supposse that people know english is a big mistake. I encourage people to write in they native language.
Perhaps it could be good if the PMI opens diferent folders in different languages to promote people participation.
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Dec 15, 2019 11:40 AM
Alexandre Costa
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You have a point there. There are many cultures that I know for a fact that struggle to speak English. Recently i was in a work travel to Japan and I verified that communicating with them is a constant challenge and i believe that we have a lot to learn with their techniques, work processes and management styles. I believe their contribution would be an asset to this social network, but language is certainly an obstacle.
Dec 15, 2019 7:53 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Alexandre -

This is an interesting question but is it unique to this community or is it true of most online (and even in-person) communities that a minor few (I won't use the term "vital" as that implies level of importance) contribute the majority of the content?

I've seen this with PMI chapters and with the communities for other (non-PM) associations as well.

There are a number of gamification-based tactics used in this community to encourage increased participation, and some of those have been used & abused by a few non-contributing members.

Perhaps one such tactic would be to zero out all the contribution-based metrics (e.g. influence, articles, blogs) so new members don't feel that it will take "forever" to get noticed?

Luis is a good example of someone who joined this community very recently, but has made a big impact with his posts and feedback on discussion threads & articles so, in his case, it is clear that being a newcomer to the community from a non-American country was not a barrier to participation.

What would you suggest?

Kiron
I agree with you kiron in most of your arguments, nevertheless i have a few ideas about the subject. I think one important thing to implement could happen at editorial level, they could use the diversity of the local chapters spread around the world to publish an article of a chosen member of each chapter per week promoting diversity of opinions and cultures.
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Dec 15, 2019 10:23 AM
Kiron Bondale
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That's a great idea, Alexandre - I'd suggest sending a private message to Marjorie or one of the other community moderators with this idea.
Sergio
what also might help is a translation feature like in facebook. If there were only different streams for languages, the merit of diversity of opinion is lost.
The courage just to speak (write) publicly has to be build, not everybody from every culture has it.
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1 reply by Sergio Luis Conte
Dec 15, 2019 9:03 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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It could be a possible solution. I do not use facebook, I use linkedin and the feature is there too. I do not think is a matter of courage. Is a matter that lot of people do not understand english as do not understad spanish, portuguese and other languages. Diversity must be pushed in this sense to instead of suppose that english language is "the king and the standard" then people has to follow it. When this site started I do not see one intention to maintain diversity in terms of language use.
Dec 15, 2019 8:23 AM
Replying to Thomas Walenta
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Sergio
what also might help is a translation feature like in facebook. If there were only different streams for languages, the merit of diversity of opinion is lost.
The courage just to speak (write) publicly has to be build, not everybody from every culture has it.
It could be a possible solution. I do not use facebook, I use linkedin and the feature is there too. I do not think is a matter of courage. Is a matter that lot of people do not understand english as do not understad spanish, portuguese and other languages. Diversity must be pushed in this sense to instead of suppose that english language is "the king and the standard" then people has to follow it. When this site started I do not see one intention to maintain diversity in terms of language use.
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1 reply by Thomas Walenta
Dec 15, 2019 11:57 AM
Thomas Walenta
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Hi Sergio,

with courage I meant that some cultures do not support public speaking, even if the individuals could do so with their language skills. Also, courage is required to make a contribution if all there others seemingly self confident contributors are out there, you do not want to sound silly or in-mature.

As to cultures, many exhibit a high level of power distance (Hofstede), which inhibits challenging the opinion of 'superiors'. I worked 12 years with Japanese and also saw the same with Indians, Russians and people from Middle East (all those score high with Hofstede). Germans and US guys are not so shy.

Some cultures also exhibit a high level of pride/honor and hence have a barrier not to loose ones face.

In a nutshell: yes, language is a problem, it can be overcome by tools, culture is a deeper problem. The system needs to be designed for respecting cultural differences.
Dec 15, 2019 7:53 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Alexandre -

This is an interesting question but is it unique to this community or is it true of most online (and even in-person) communities that a minor few (I won't use the term "vital" as that implies level of importance) contribute the majority of the content?

I've seen this with PMI chapters and with the communities for other (non-PM) associations as well.

There are a number of gamification-based tactics used in this community to encourage increased participation, and some of those have been used & abused by a few non-contributing members.

Perhaps one such tactic would be to zero out all the contribution-based metrics (e.g. influence, articles, blogs) so new members don't feel that it will take "forever" to get noticed?

Luis is a good example of someone who joined this community very recently, but has made a big impact with his posts and feedback on discussion threads & articles so, in his case, it is clear that being a newcomer to the community from a non-American country was not a barrier to participation.

What would you suggest?

Kiron
Dear Kiron
I started participating more actively in this community in 2015 attending all Conferences organized during that year by ProjectManagement.com
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1 reply by Kiron Bondale
Dec 15, 2019 10:24 AM
Kiron Bondale
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My mistake, Luis - I'd noticed your contributions just recently and made the assumption that you were a recent contributor.
Dec 15, 2019 8:22 AM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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I agree with you kiron in most of your arguments, nevertheless i have a few ideas about the subject. I think one important thing to implement could happen at editorial level, they could use the diversity of the local chapters spread around the world to publish an article of a chosen member of each chapter per week promoting diversity of opinions and cultures.
That's a great idea, Alexandre - I'd suggest sending a private message to Marjorie or one of the other community moderators with this idea.
Dec 15, 2019 9:26 AM
Replying to Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
I started participating more actively in this community in 2015 attending all Conferences organized during that year by ProjectManagement.com
My mistake, Luis - I'd noticed your contributions just recently and made the assumption that you were a recent contributor.
Hi Alexandre,

The features of PMC (Project Management Central) allow a basic discussion/debate with features such as Reply, Vote, Edit, Search, etc. However, presentational content such as Articles, Blog posts, and Webinars lack these discussion/debate features, making it difficult to have a conversation on topics that require some form of a dissertation/presentation. I know PM.com is aware that the community would like these features as it has been brought up before.

I also agree with the language concerns and hope new features will eventually be added to the site. However, I would encourage contributors to leverage the free translation tools that are available (e.g., Google translate). When we do have a posting in another language, I have used these tools with success and believe we should encourage their use.

So, in summary, we should encourage users to post in English (via translation tools), or they can post in their native language and we can reply in kind. Either way, this is an international community, and we need insight from all!
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