Just a list of pros I sometimes am asked for and always have to think back.
You can also find some cons here: Reasons not to set up an intranet
- Manage your communications amongst NGO members in a rational way
- Keep in touch with people in your own headquarters, people in other organization’s offices and people in overseas destinations… within the same working framework
- Manage knowledge: keep the organization information, content, data, services and applications, and people who know how under the same environment
- Upload/download working documents and access them from wherever you are: headquarters, work, home, etc.
- Privacy: some information just don’t need being published in the Internet at everybody’s reach… but should be at a browser’s reach for members
- Help people feel they belong to the organization… even if they’re the last volunteer who signed in
- Build places where people can talk collectively in an informal way… and in a formal one too
- Know who’s who in the organization just one click away… and e-mail them or invite them to chat in the intranet’s instant messaging application
- Set up online volunteering programs… in a well-organized way
- Set up e-learning programs (some intranets can work as virtual learning environments too)
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2004) “Reasons to set up the NGO’s intranet” In ICTlogy,
#8, May 2004. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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