Getting Started


Image: NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

 

Thank you for joining the Future Earth Open Network! We hope that you will find this a useful resource for collaborating with peers and innovating around research for global sustainability.

The Future Earth Open Network is organised around a series of “communities.” They are discussion and working groups focused on specific topics relevant to global sustainability. We encourage you to seek out and join communities that fit your interests and area of expertise. You can also start your own public or private community.

Here are quick first-steps that all new members to the Future Earth Open Network can take:

  1. Update your profile information. This will make it much easier for you to find (and be found by) potential collaborators.
  2. Customise your email preferences so that you can stay up-to-date with discussions and events in the way that works best for you.
  3. Join two communities: the Community Forum and the Feedback Forum. The Community Forum is a general space for sharing and discussing news around global sustainability. The Feedback Forum is your main conduit to Future Earth. Send us your questions or comments and suggestions about how we can improve the Open Network experience.
  4. Join (and post to!) at least one more community. 

We encourage you to also read the Our Vision and Community Guidelines pages. 

Below, you can find a list of some of the frequently asked questions about the Future Earth Open Network, powered by Higher Logic. If you have technical or logistical questions that aren’t on this list, please contact us.

 

General

How do I edit my profile?

How can I find other members?

How can I send private chat messages?

How do privacy settings on the Future Earth Open Network work?

How do I add an event?

Communities

How do I join a community?

How do I post or respond to a discussion in a community?

How to I edit or delete a post that I made?

How can I get updates on community discussions by email?

What else can I do on a community? Library

How do I start a new community?

 

How do I edit my profile?

First, click on the profile icon located at the top-right of the browser window and select “Profile.” Then you can edit any section of your profile by clicking on the edit (“Pencil”) icon.  

 

How can I find other members?

On the main menu bar, click on “Directory.” You can then search for members by name, location or sector of expertise.

 

How can I send private chat messages?

Using the directory, navigate to the person’s profile page and select “Send Message.”

 

How do privacy settings on the Future Earth Open Network work?

You can adjust your privacy settings by going to your profile and, in the “My Account” drop-down menu, select “Privacy Settings.” Here you can chose who can see certain information about you.

 

How do I add an event?

Select the “Events” menu item followed by the “Add Event Button”  

When you create a new Event, you will have to option of associating it to a specific network community.

 

How do I join a community?

We recommend that you start by joining the Community Forum and the Feedback Forum. You can find each of these groups under the “Communities” tab on the main menu. Follow those links and click on the “Join Community” button on the right-hand side of your screen. To search for other communities to join, first follow the link for “Communities” > “All communities” in the main menu. Here, you’ll find a list of all of the communities that members have created.

Please note: Not all communities will be open to all members. If you see a community that you are unable to join, it may be because the privacy settings allow new members by invitation only.

 

How do I post or respond to a discussion in a community?

The discussion area is the main hub of activity for any community. Here, you can ask or answer questions, start a discussion thread, work on a group project, such as scoping a funding proposal or developing a presentation and much more.  

To begin a new post, click the “Add” button. To reply to an existing discussion, click on the “Reply to Discussion” button in the discussion thread.

 

How to I edit or delete a post that I made?

To edit a post, navigate to the post you created and next to the “Reply to Discussion” button, click the drop-down arrow and select “Edit.”To delete a post, please contact the Site Administrator.

 

How can I get updates on community discussions by email?

When you first join a community, you will be prompted to select how often you want to receive email updates from the community: in real time, daily, or never.

You can still modify your email preferences by navigating to the community and clicking the “Settings” button next to the name of the community. This will open a small window, then click on the drop-down menu under “Email Notifications.”

Finally, you can also go to your profile and in the “My Account” drop-down menu, select “Community Notifications.”

 

What else can I do on a community? Library

Every community has a dedicated section for shared library resources, such as text files, PDFs or presentations.  Click the “Create a Library Entry” button.

 

How do I start a new community?

We first encourage you to search through all of the current Future Earth communities to see if there is already a community that is appropriate for your posting. If not, you can select the “Create a New Community” button on the "Search Communities" page.