MADISON, Wis. (5/13/09)--The Filene Research Institute’s i3 innovation group is piloting CU Harmony, a website that connects credit union people with one another to share information and ideas about credit union-related issues.
The website offers listings of credit union topics for others that are seeking information. Visitors can post questions or comment on the ones already posted, or place a “watch” for a particular item of interest. “CU Harmony can help credit unions reduce their operating expenses, mitigate risks, and enhance compliance training and fraud prevention,” said Denise Gabel, Filene chief innovation officer. “We’re looking for help from credit union innovators across the nation to help gauge industry interest in making the CU Harmony program available. The site is a prototype, and Filene is looking for feedback on it through June 15. After that date, the i3 group will meet again to determine the next step. The name of the website also could change. “We’re also asking for specific feedback on the program’s functionality so we can refine it before offering it as a fully tested product,” Gabel said. Filene has already received a strong response. CU Harmony has had 139 hits and seven comments from six different credit unions, Gabel added.