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January 31, 2011 / Mervyn Dinnen

One Big Happy HR Family

Today sees the fourth ConnectingHR get together…a tweetup which had been widely and energetically anticipated. Having been involved in this community from the idea stage through previous tweetups and an unconference to its current stage of weekly chat and daily twitter interaction I have been excited and energised by the way it has developed from a social network into a real community. 

We are supportive, collaborative and encouraging, sharing information, thoughts, feelings and wisdom. Every week sees new bloggers and a new contributors. We talk HR, we talk food!

I was drawn to a blogpost from Kevin Wheeler which first appeared last summer – From Social Networks to Communities – in which he talks of the development of networks of people into communities, in which everyone has access to and can communicate with everyone else.

The post is a really good read. Kevin talks of 5 characteristics that a strong community exhibits:

Collaboration and Sharing

Feeling Included

Similar Values



There’s little doubt in my mind that the ConnectingHR community exhibits all these…it has  moved from tentative to social to fully collaborative. I know from personal experience how they have pulled together to help during my recent change of circumstances and they are welcoming and embracing.

Last week I joined some of the community at a local CIPD branch meeting where we helped HR professionals new to social media to navigate obstacles and hesitancies and to start connecting and engaging. It seemed natural and was borne out of a strong interest to get as many people involved as possible.

The ConnectingHR tweetup is more than a networking event.

It’s a night out with friends.

We’re one big happy HR family!


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  1. @BillBoorman / Jan 31 2011 11:42 AM

    Great post Mervyn that reflects well how things move from on-line to off-line with a little prodding. Kudos to Gareth, John and everyone involved for achieving the switch.
    Kevins post is spot on in this, and it will be one of the areas he will be addressing at #trulondon in Feb.

    • Mervyn Dinnen / Feb 7 2011 12:21 AM

      Thanks Bill. I look forward to meeting Kevin at trulondon.

  2. HRbeginner / Jan 31 2011 11:45 AM

    Thank you for this Mervyn,
    I am a living example of what #connectingHR can do to other HR professionals. And frankly I will have to control myself tonight to make sure I don’t interfere with personal space of some as I feel that you all folks deserve some big hugs. 😉

    • Mervyn Dinnen / Feb 7 2011 12:24 AM

      Thanks for your kind words Peter, it’s been good to meet you twice in recent weeks. Glad that the community have been able to offer support and help.

  3. Michelle Twin Mum / Jan 31 2011 5:26 PM

    Hi, Just seen the connecting HR hashtag move through my timeline and went to have a look. I am normally a parenting blogger but my profession is HR so will keep an eye on this hashtag.

    Have a great night. What part of the country are you all meeting in?

    Cheers, Michelle

    • Charlie Duff / Feb 4 2011 11:33 AM

      Did no one reply to you yet?
      We have done our tweet ups in London so far but hope to do regional ones this year – have a look at – I’m hoping to hold one in Bristol 🙂

    • Mervyn Dinnen / Feb 7 2011 12:26 AM

      Thanks for commenting Michelle, good to make your acquaintance here! As Charlie says, our get togethers have so far been in London, with an unconference coming in May, also in London. Whereabouts are you located?

  4. Doug shaw / Jan 31 2011 11:42 PM

    Just….well said! Lovely to see you again this evening.

    • Mervyn Dinnen / Feb 7 2011 12:28 AM

      Great to see you too Doug! It was more party than networking evening and it was good to see everyone enjoying themselves.


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