|Importance of Purpose|
Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.|
-- Helen Keller
"The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose."
-- MontaigneWhy is purpose so important?
Each community is designed around a purpose or shared vision. If each member realizes their personal goals are in sync with the goals or purpose of the community or their goals helped design the community goals, then each person will work to keep the community going. When there is no purpose, the community falls apart.
Purpose of Online Communities -- Questions you may want to ask:
Online learning communities are more successful if they are set up to meet specific purposes such as:
By having a clear purpose that makes sense to you, the space owner, and the members, you can give yourself a head start in designing and running a successful online interaction space or community. For a more detailed checklist go to Nancy White’s checklist on Purpose.