I think the biggest sign that you’re on the right track in engaging a community in a collaborative discussion is when that community shows up in numbers so overwhelming, your livestream crashes and (apparently) cripples the entire FDA network.
Or as Jenny McCue of HCMStrategies put it,
If you live with diabetes, know someone who does, or even if you’ve seen a movie with someone who has diabetes in it, then you know the disease sneaks up on you. It hits you when you want it the least. Outside of the amazing response our community showed, having the FDA system crash and have to keep going is one of the most persuasive testaments we could have delivered.
Progress can take many forms, it would seem. But the enthusiasm online is a great indicator that yes, we want these conversations to continue, we will show up, we will participate, and we will collaborate.