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This website is a private community for the alumni, current class, and Organizing Board of the MindShare Alumni Network. No other use is permitted.

If you are a member of MindShare and have never logged into this site, or have forgotten your password, you can get a new password by using the Reset Password function.

In order to reset your password, the email address you enter into the box on the Reset Password page has to match the one we have on file.  If your email address has changed and you no longer have access to the email account you used when you were in your MindShare class, please use the Contact Us page to let us know your new email address.  

FAQs

Q: Do I need to login to the website each time to use the new MindShare ListServ?

A: No, All MindShare alums are already pre-subscribed.  You will receive an initial email from MindShare asking you to reset your password and we ask that you take the time to do this one time.  You will then be able to engage just as you do today via email and also enjoy greatly expanded capabilities.

Q: How do I send a message via email to the entire Alumni list?

A: You can just “reply all” to a message sent out to the Alumni that you receive, just as you do today.  If you want to start a new thread using email only, just address that email to alumni@mindsharenetwork.org

Q:  How do I filter emails?

A:  Filtering Emails

We added [MindShare-ListName] to the front of the subject of every email that goes out through the discussions.  Replace ListName with a short name for the list.  For example [MindShare-Alumni] for this list.  [MindShare-EdTech] for the EdTech list, etc.  The [MindShare-Alumni] one (the main list) should match what the old system had so if you have existing rules for the old system, they should now work for the new. 

Q: Can I change my email subscriptions - I want plain text?  

A: Removing Graphics/Plain Text

A few people have asked if they can receive their messages in the old, plain-text style.  You can change your subscription settings to do this on the My Subscriptions page, which you can reach by clicking the My Subscriptions link at the very bottom of any email, or the big blue "Manage Your Subscriptions button" on the home page of the site.  Just select the "Plain Text" radio button for any list you like changed.  

Or, since you are already here, just click this link: My Subscriptions

Q: How can I change settings so I am not bombarded with emails in real time?

A:  Fewer Emails

If you don't need/want to receive messages from the community right away, you can choose to receive them summarized, once per day per group, in a Daily Digest.  The My Subscriptions page described above will let you do that too. 

Q: What's the deal with Subgroups?  How do I use them?  Do I need someone to add me to them or can I add myself?

A:  About Subgroups

I thought it might be a good time to share some ideas on how subgroups are best used.

The main community/group is the Alumni community. Pretty much everyone should be subscribed to this group - everyone was at launch time.  General discussions, Q&A, etc. that is not better done in one of the other communities should happen here.

The subgroups should be used for topic specific discussions.  
We can make as many of these as we want, but do want to be careful about getting too granular as there will be too many choices.  The big advantage to subgroups is that they act as filters.  If messages that are specific to a given topic are posted in the appropriate subgroup, only those who are interested in that topic (and have subscribed to that subgroup) will get the message.

This should cut down on message volume to each of us, while at the same time, hopefully, increasing overall message volume as people should be less "afraid" of bothering the whole alumni membership because they know they are talking only to people who are interested in the topic.

More on SubGroups and Admin of Subgroups (using the “Onshoring” subgroup as an example):

  • You want to get alums to Join your community. To join a subgroup, anyone can just click the Communities link in the main menu, scroll down to find for example the “Onshoring” subgroup, and click the blue “Join” button.  Community admins can also invite people to join who have expressed an interest but have not yet joined.  The system will send them an invitation and they can click a link in the email to join.
  • Dialog that you want to happen in the OnShoring group needs to be posted there.  That can be done by:
  • Send an email to (for example) onshoring@mindsharenetwork.org
  • From the main menu on the site click Participate then Post a Message. In the Post a Message screen chose “OnShoring” from the “To” list
  • From the  main menu on the site click Communities, scroll down to the “Onshoring” community and click the title or the “Enter” button.  Then click the green “Add” button next to Latest Discussion Posts.
  • Future discussions about Onshoring should be done this way.  That way those that care about OnShoring (and join that group) will get those posts, and those that don’t care won’t.  But anyone can read them on the site at any time.
  • You can send a summary to the main list at any time to generate more interest in the group.  But all discussions can be found by any alum at any time, by browsing your community or searching the site.


Want to change how you receive messages from the general alumni list or any subgroup? 

Also, any time you'd like to change how you get those messages, or to stop getting them, just go here:
http://mindshare.connectedcommunity.org/MySubscriptions?a1=1