It seems I’ve been missing something- the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce set up a group of young professionals, and a site- with a hip name: Generation Dayton.
Using web 2.0 technology- they’ve built an online forum for the group. It’s a great idea- except for one thing- it’s not an open site. Part of the web 2.0 community building premise is that everything is OPEN. Hiding behind passwords, memberships, etc- is not the way to build a vibrant open community. Here is their verbage from the opening page:
Dayton, Ohio Young Professionals – Generation Dayton – Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Generation Dayton is a dynamic program of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, targeted at the diverse pool of talented young professionals who live and work in the Dayton region. The organization provides area young professionals with exciting opportunities to develop the professional skills needed to succeed in their chosen career, to build relationships with existing business and community leaders, and to forge friendships with peers in a professional and FUN environment. Generation Dayton keeps our region’s young professionals interested, involved, engaged and connected to one another and the greater Dayton region! Typically, members of Generation Dayton are professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 who represent various sectors of the Dayton region.
Find a mentor, learn the ropes of the business world and become Dayton’s next great leader as a member of Generation Dayton where we are forging a new generation of talent!
If the Chamber really wants this program to take off- open up the forums- let everyone in that wants in. If you want a way to justify your dues- this isn’t it.