Starting Out: Getting to Know CECE

New to the Community? Check out our handy guide to help you best navigate the site!

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We are delighted you’ve joined us on the Community for Employee Civic Engagement! We hope you’ll take the time to look around, post your thoughts and comments, share resources, and have conversations with our expert partners and your peers.

To get you started, we’ve developed this handy guide, which will help you navigate and contribute to CECE. Although CECE is currently mostly open for anyone to view, certain areas of the platform will be restricted to exclusive member groups.

1) Complete your Profile

Help others on CECE get to know you by completing your profile! This is your opportunity to tell us about yourself and showcase your expertise and interests.

Once you have signed-in, your first step should be to complete your profile, which will enable your peers to connect with you more easily. To access your profile, click on the image on the top-right corner of the page and select "edit profile."

Fill out the different fields in that page to the best of your ability and come back and update it at any time. To add a profile photo, click on the person icon again and 'Account settings', then 'Avatar' to browse and upload a .jpg profile photo. Choose an image that is larger than 400×400 pixels and save changes.

2) Notification Preferences & Newsletter Emails

You are able to manage your CECE account by accessing your account settings, where you can change your email or password, access your notification preferences or delete your account.

You’re in charge of your Notification Preferences, which include the emails you would and would not like to receive from CECE.

Newsletters are round-ups of expertise from CECE that you can activate and deactivate. Once activated, you will be able to select the option to receive a newsletter email daily, weekly or monthly.

3) Search the Community

What will you find on CECE? The best of the best, of course! On the homepage, you'll find four "channels" of information:

  • Welcome to the Community for Employee Civic Engagement: Find out more about CECE, our expert partners and how to navigate the site by reading through these posts.
  • Sector News: Here's where you'll find recent news articles and stories of positive social impact.
  • Essential Reading: This channel is chock full of curated resources that we think anyone responsible for engaging their fellow employees in the community should read.
  • Events: Look through our monthly lists of social impact events as well as a few featured events over the coming year. 

Below those channels, you'll find "rooms" where conversations can take place. Pose a question to an expert or to a peer by clicking the green 'Start a conversation' button in each of the rooms. You can also reply to these conversations with your own thoughts and opinions.

In the left-hand navigation menu, you'll find a robust 'Resource Center' where content is categorized by themes relevant to building or enhancing your corporate citizenship strategy. As more resources get added, we'll be adding new channels within the Resource Center.

The search toolbar at the top of the homepage allows you to search by keywords. If no results are displayed, please delete what you have typed and you will then be shown custom fields on the left-hand side of the page. These allow you to filter users by group, area of expertise, etc.

All pieces of content are tagged with a colorful 'Badge.' You can also pull up all content tagged with that keyword by clicking on the Badge itself.

4) The easiest ways to connect with your community: commenting, liking and following.

These three simple functions allow you to engage with the CECE community through its content items, allowing you to add your views and show your appreciation.    

Commenting and liking content are the quickest and easiest ways to contribute your expertise, opinion and questions to CECE. Engaging with content allows you to show related expertise, add relevant additional content, support or (politely) argue against a point, share feedback and thanks for the contribution and encourage discussion.

You can comment on all the content you see on CECE. To begin, click the 'Comment' button towards the top of any post, video or document. This will take you to the comments section where you will see any current comments and / or a space in which to enter a new comment.

Following allows you to stay up to date with particular users by ensuring you receive a notification whenever they publish content. Following is not a requirement to see their content - all registered members can access all content on the site.  

Now You Know CECE! 

All registered users of the CECE are encouraged to contribute to the platform by sharing their knowledge, ideas and opinions. If you're interested in becoming a content partner so that you can share blog posts, white papers or research, we'd love to hear more! Please email us at cece@pointsoflight.org.

Good luck with browsing the site, finding what you need, and sharing your thoughts with our community by following contributors, and liking and commenting on posts.

Thank you for getting to know CECE!

 

Katy Elder

Vice President, Business Innovation, Points of Light

A member of the Points of Light team since November 2012, Katy serves as Vice President, Business Innovation. She brings with her nearly 20 years of experience in employee volunteerism, community affairs and internal communications. After leading Points of Light’s corporate consulting practice for six years, she is now responsible for developing content and innovative learning opportunities to advance the corporate citizenship sector.
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