WWIF #4: How to Do How to Better

Numerous commercial web sites offer brief how to or introductory tutorials in text, video, or slides with audio.  Two that I frequent regularly are eHow, "how to do just about everything" and CommonCraft, "three-minute videos that help educators and influencers introduce complex subjects."

Though a lot of the "how to" real estate has been claimed, many professional societies have yet to embrace the opportunities creating such condensed content provide … both for members general public.  In addition, few nonprofit organizations seem to be effectively utilizing such formats to orient and train volunteers, board members, speakers, etc..   Do I really need to fly across country and have 30 minutes of an in-person training teach me how to complete a travel request?

What if organizations generated a list of the Top 100 How To Tutorials (the list could even be crowdsourced) that would best serve their stakeholders and then invited individuals to use a standard template/approach to create and contribute this content as a volunteer opportunity?

Note:  Wednesday What If is a weekly feature applying the "what if" mindset associated with abductive reasoning or logic in an effort to stretch our thinking about what is desirable and very frequently, quite doable.