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More than 150 association pros representing some 100 associations with responsibility around member components gathered to explore how to leverage chapters at the second annual Component Exchange last month. There’s so much to report so we’ll start here with a few take-aways. (1) Map the journey There are many intersections in the member journey where […]

Ernie Smith shared four lessons he sees in his Association’s Now post on craft breweries and chapters. What Ernie is doing is underscoring two salient points: (1) the traditional model for chapters needs refreshing and (2) we need only look beyond associations to find lots of examples and models to guide us doing just that. […]

Getting the digital generations engaged in our association is a constant conversation. I think we are better off in many cases asking our own members from these generations than scouring research. Which is why I find the work from the ASAE NextGen Project a useful guide. The NextGen project comes out of a facilitated discovery […]

As we wrap up a year and move into the new year, there are questions
flying over on ASAE Collaborate. Like the recent exchange on Components
all around chapter structure and support. We understand how benchmarking
is a useful tool …

We do a lot work in the area of strengthening components aka chapters. So many times, we are asked to “help them do their job better”. We’ve tried – and in several cases succeeded – in helping associations shift that request to “help them create the job they can do”.  Or in other words, evolve the way chapters operate. This is a tough shift – we know.

How can you move members and legacy chapter systems into the future? Two associations – one state, one global – used visualization in two different ways to help evolve their models to meet their changing memberships.

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