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Building Online Communities

Create Digital

Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Building Online Communities

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DigiLab Presents:
Community...Finding the ROI

Successful online communities capture the imagination, engage target audiences and build brands in ways few other initiatives can match. Yet along with these opportunities and rewards come challenges and risks. Join us for a wide-ranging collaborative conversation with a panel of proven community-builders as they discuss key challenges, proven solutions, compare notes, and address your questions. Topics include:

• Catalyzing your commuity so your community takes root.

• Keeping conversations rolling so your community flourishes. 

Preventing chaos (and trolls) that often descend on open conversation spaces.

• Measuring engagement. It’s not just about “Likes!”

There are no shortcuts to creating and sustaining an online community that supports your brand. But there’s plenty you can do to make process more effective and less stressful. Join the conversation and learn how.

Date, time, place: See right side bar.
Cost: Free, registration required.
Priority registration for organizations involved or want to be involved with Commuities. 


Greg Barber

Greg Barber
Director of Digital News Projects, The Washington Post Lead Strategist, The Coral Project.

The Coral Project, is a joint effort with Knight-Mozilla, OpenNews, the Washington Post, and the New York Times to improve news site communities using open-source software.

“Good digital communities are deliberately crafted, carefully structured, and thoughtfully cultivated. But the best ones are also a pleasure to read.”


Meghan Ferriter

Meghan Ferriter, PhD.
Project Coordinator, Smithsonian Transcription Center

Meghan manages a program connecting 5,500+ “Volunpeers” with over 144,000 pages of historical documents and biodiversity specimens from Smithsonian Institution collections. 

“Online community building is rooted in flexible, yet strategic efforts. Thougtful engagement creates valuable experiences for participants and hosts alike; coming together means going farther.”

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Josh Freeman

Josh Freeman
Senior Advisor of Multi-media Strategies,
Founder of Trellis

Josh leads the development of digital strategies at AAAS, the world’s largest scientific society with 126,995 members and is Founding GM of Trellis, an online platform enabling scientific collaboration.

“It doesn't matter (entirely) how great the tools are, you need strong community managers to catalyze engagement.”


Mark Irwin

Mark A. Irwin, Moderator
Owner, Digital Strategy and Services 

For over 20 years, Mark Irwin has been leveraging digital tools, techniques and platforms to drive business and mission innovation at AOL, Discovery, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Brookings and other brands.



This event is FREE, registration required, 50 person maximum.

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The National Assoc. of Realtors Building
500 New Jersey Avenue, NW, 12th floor
(Union Station Metro)
Washington, DC 20001

Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

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Create Digital

Create Digital established the DigiLab to serve as an exchange forum for strategic-level digital practitioners and executives in the DC metro area. Created together with Julie Perlmutter, founder of the Web Managers Roundtable, each event offers the experience to learn, share and network in a small collaborative environment.  

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