My research project for UNICEF, and thus this blog, would not have been possible without the help of the 163 people who contributed to my research project. Many community experts and community managers were willing to share their knowledge and thoughts. I realize that with their experience and expertise, they do not just give away advice for free. Therefore, I appreciate it even more that they donated their ideas to me, and in essence to UNICEF.
I like to express sincere gratitude to the following contributors for their valuable help:
International community experts
Entrepreneur, author and public speaker.
American Way Magazine calls him: “America’s greatest marketer”.
Author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits.
Co-Author of the book The Networked Nonprofit.
Visiting Scholar: Nonprofits and Social Media at David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Consultant and public speaker. Globally recognized thought leader in the field of social learning and communities of practice. He has authored and co-authored seminal articles and books on the topic.
Membership Director at NTEN.
Contributor/Blogger at Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Community Organizer at Nonprofit Technology Network & NetSquared.
Richard Millington is the founder of FeverBee Limited, an online community consultancy, and The Pillar Summit, an exclusive course in Professional Community Management. His blog is a rich source of interesting articles about online community building.
Blogger and experienced digital strategist, non-profit executive, and community organizer. Community Organizer 2.0 works with businesses and nonprofits to develop actionable and measurable digital media strategies that meet organizational goals.
Lauren partners with organizations that are designing conceptual models for creating vibrant and sustainable community models in strategic and highly collaborative ways.
J-P De Clerck
Marketing trainer, speaker and author.
Blogger and Online Community Strategist.
Blogger and CEO of Leader Networks – a research and consulting firm that helps clients create social strategies and online communities for business.
President at Social Strata, Inc. – a social content technology company.
Director, Client Services EMEA at Zmags.
Social Media Strategist, Community Manager and Blogger at
Blogger and the founder of the iFroggy Network, a publisher of websites. He has been managing online communities since 2000 and is the author of “Managing Online Forums” a practical guide to managing online social spaces.
Community Manager Canonical Ltd., engineering manager, consultant and author.
Community manager, builder and consultant at Community Spark.
Jake McKee is blogger and the Chief Idea Officer and Ant Wrangler at Ant’s Eye View, a customer experience strategy practice focused on helping clients escalate their customer experience. Jake used to work as the Global Community Relations Specialist for the LEGOcompany.
Editor, writer and community consultant.
Online communities manager and social media strategist
Australian Instructor at The Pillar Summit.
Co-Founder at Swarm.
Director and Community Manager at Quiip.
Dutch community experts
Senior community consultant at KREM.
Founder and Chair at Vereniging Community Management NL.
Senior strategist at Social Embassy.
Board member at Community Managers NL.
Blogger and Web developer.
Community consultant at ADV Market Research.
Blogger at Marketingfacts.
Robert Jan Droogleever-Fortuyn
Business developer online & social at Sanoma
Freelance consultant on online collaboration and online communities for non-profits.
Online strategist & accountmanager at Oogst.
Blogger at Marketingfacts and Frankwatching.
Elien van Riet
Community manager: she develops and maintains off- and online communities for the
Irene den Ouden
Independent social media consultant and market researcher.
Founder and owner of IDO Connect.
Jasper van Elferen
Owner of Demare – an agency that gives strategic advice and helps develop communication plans, websites, apps and (digital) magazines and print productions. Demare is specialized in advising organizations with a social mission (such as healthcare, housing, welfare, education, government, and charities).
Founder and Editor in Chief of Lifehacking.nl, the first Dutch blog about smarter working and living.
Lecturer at Hogeschool Arnhem Nijmegen (HAN).
CEO of Marketingfacts BV.
CEO of Upstream BV.
Community manager WNF-hyve at WWF Netherlands.
Interim Internet en communiation advisor at INFAQT (self-employed).
Job de Groot (STAR)
Information & brand manager XXXIVth STAR Board at RSM STAR.
Owner of ThinkBeyond.
Member of Philips Student Panel PHI 2012 at Philips.
Coordinator production team at TEDxRotterdam.
Community manager at inSided Media.
Board member at Stichting Duurzame Samenleving Papua Barat.
Community Manager at Flexplek 020.
Marlies de Gooijer
Aldo de Moor
Mohamad Al Shafie
Jasper van Maarschalkerweerd
Target group of UNICEF Netherlands
80 survey respondents
Last but not least I would like to express sincere appreciation to my tutor Madeleine Royere for her meaningful support of this project. At the most crucial moments you were there to tap into wisdom and provide me with your supportive advice.