| Dialogues Manager
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Web Lab is a non-profit organization that develops and promotes
innovative ways to use the Web as a transformative force in people's
lives and in society, and catalyzes others to experiment with the medium's
potential to serve the public interest. In short, we do hard work that's
easy to care about.
Your Typical Dialogues
A major focus of the organization has been the development of a new
model for high quality online discussions that we call Small Group Dialogues
(SGD). Words like quality, respect, and commitment aren't often used
to describe Web-based discussion. But our SGD model provides an exciting
alternative to the current norm of chaotic bulletin boards populated
by drive-by postings and flame wars.
where most online "discussions" fail by modifying the usual "rules"
of online dialogues: creating small groups rather than a revolving door;
helping participants get to know each other quickly; monitoring discussions,
but rarely intervening, allowing members to run their own dialogues;
and highlighting exemplary exchanges.
has developed the SGD model through three iterations of dialogues. We
are currently developing a new version of the software that automates
key features of the technique. It will be available for commercial licensing
(through reseller relationships with one or more businesses), and will
also be used by Web Lab and Web Lab partners to host future dialogues
consistent with our organizational mission.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, multitasking, team player. The core
responsibilities of this position focus on developing the Small Group
Dialogue technique and playing a key role in conceiving, planning, and
executing future dialogues which showcase the technique and fulfill
Web Lab's organizational mission. (For past examples, see the American
Love Stories dialogues or Reality
Check.) This will involve cultivating relationships with partnering
organizations and identifying potential topics for dialogue.
looking for someone who identifies with Web Lab's mission and who has
a passion and commitment to the World Wide Web as a social medium, someone
who brings not just experience, but a whole lot of energy as well. We're
looking for a pro, but someone who will still crack a smile and kid
around with us.
the development and implementation of future SGDs, either Web Lab-hosted
or in partnership with other organizations (both non-profit and for-profit)
relationships with partner organizations
trian and supervise freelancers or new staff
training/consulting/support services for companies or organizations
who license our SGD software
develop SGD as a major program of Web Lab.
to refine and develop the SGD technique.
established and connected in the on-line community
knowledge of the Internet, communications, and technology
communication skills; diplomacy in dealing with the public
dialogue expertise and/or experience
building and managing a team
awareness of both popular culture and public issues
writing and editing skills a plus
in taking on leadership within a small, dynamic organization and helping
to shape its future growth
learn much more about SGD on the Web Lab section devoted to it. The
previous two incarnations of the process are archived, at American
Love Stories and Reality
of Reality Check was released in February. Excerpts
are available on this site.
also received considerable press coverage of both the process
and the American
Love Stories and Reality
Start ASAP, in our New York City office. Great benefits and location.
Please email a cover letter and a resume (both will be given equal weight
-- feel free to be expressive in the letter), as well as two job references,
in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your cover letter will be treated as a writing sample. Only information
contained in the body of the email will be considered. We aren't able
to take phone calls. No web-based resumes or snail mail please.
include in your cover letter some reflections on the state of online
dialogues and any comments on what we have developed with the SGD.
Rolling (In your letter, please mention how you heard about us.)
Lab is an enthusiastic Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Women, people of color, and people with disabilities are encouraged