We’re a network of volunteer community-builders who work together to research, plan and organize new programs and events targeted to adults 50+ in our communities. Most of our volunteers are fully retired or they maintain some type of flexible paid employment. The average age is 68. In addition to our meetings and social events, we are developing an online community using various social media platforms.
Social media helps us avoid travel time, expensive transportation and parking charges. Social media provides alternative strategies and platforms for collaboration, communication and community development.
My own personal experience with social media started around 1999 with The Well.. Wikipedia says “the Well was one of the original dial-up ISPs and is still one of the the oldest virtual communities in continuous operation. It was launched back in 1985 as the Whole Earth ‘Lectronic Link, continues to provide a cherished watering hole for a smaller group of articulate and playful thinkers from all walks of life.”
Most of us in the Creative Age Network are busy and mobile people. We travel (mostly to visit adult children and grandkids) making our social media communications even more important. We have linked our Facebook Pages, websites. blogs and Twitter accounts to boost the reach of our communications.
We are a community of experiential learners. Our common interests are curiosity, exploration, creativity and communal sharing – learning by doing. Over the past few years, we’ve initiated new social media projects so we could learn more and enjoying our successes along the way. To summarize – we use technology for communication, work (shared projects) and learning, learning, learning.
Desktop and/or laptop computers – we have both PC and MAC users in the network but most own PCs.
iPhones or smartphones
iPads or tablets
Digital cameras (mostly DSLR and some 35 mm hobbyists)
Email (mostly Gmail accounts)
Facebook Pages Manager
Omeka.net – online collections: the Dorchester Storycatchers group gathered stories as told by community elders and learned how to exhibit online using Omeka.
**At present, some of volunteers are enrolled in a social meeting training program to practice live streaming, vlogging and to learn about Open Broadcaster Software so we can start 2-way video conferencing.
Kathy Smith, London Ontario