Tourists not lurkers

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 18, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

Sue Huckson of the National Institute of Clinical Studies pointed out to me the other day just how negative the term ‘lurker’ is and suggested that we refer to those community of practice members who dwell at the periphery of our communities as ‘tourists’. I like the term. Perhaps we can apply the following metaphor. Those who visit infrequently are tourists (or travellers), those that are there for most of the time are residents, active participants are citizens and the core team become the elected officials. Hmmm, all metaphors break down as some point and I’m uncomfortable with the last step. 

About  Shawn Callahan

Shawn, author of Putting Stories to Work, is one the world's leading business storytelling consultants. He helps executive teams find and tell the story of their strategy. When he is not working on strategy communication, Shawn is helping leaders find and tell business stories to engage, to influence and to inspire. Shawn works with Global 1000 companies including Shell, IBM, SAP, Bayer, Microsoft & Danone. Connect with Shawn on:

One Response to “Tourists not lurkers”

  1. Matt Moore Says:

    What makes you uncomfortable about “Elected officials”? Does it smack too much of political jockeying or bureaucracy?
    How about village elders? That’s one metaphor I use for the core team of a community.

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