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How did “social” get the black hat?

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“Social” as Learning, Improving and Celebrating Some time ago, I sent out invitations to join an asynchronous five-day conversation about “Do it Yourself” (DIY) learning and how to support it.  The event was in the CPsquare community:  one of my online “homes.”  Like all CPsquare activities, this event emerged from intersecting member interests; not from […]

June 14 twitter Un-chat: Facilitating Scheduled Online Activities

On June 14, we will have the 4th BC Campus-hosted Online Community Enthusiasts’ Gathering. This is primarily a f2f event, but we will do more than tweet with the hashtag (this year it is #OCE2012) to hear from, and share with online community enthusiasts around the world. This year’s theme is facilitating scheduled activities. Here […]

Who’s In & Who’s Out?

A comment by John Lebkowsky in twitter about democracy standing in line piqued my interest and led me to his blog post about e-democracy.org’s 125-member United States issues forum, which is described as “a civil, more deliberative discussion of national public policy issues and politics in the United States among people with diverse political perspectives.” […]

Tensions Between Differentiation and Boundary Blurring

The World Cafe is a lot like the “Blind Men and the Elephant” in that it can be viewed in so many ways (as part of knowledge management, dialogue, deliberation, public engagement, social justice work, organizational development, and so on). Juanita Brown, who developed The World Cafe concept in theory and practice, is like many […]

Digital Habitats & Tech Stewardship

If you are interested in communities of practice and related technologies, there is an exciting new book in print. Recently, I wrote a review of the book through a complexity lens, which you can find here. The authors’ blog about the book is here and a nifty little online interview about it (Ward Cunningham interviewing […]

Bridging KM and D&D

This morning, Sandy Heierbacher of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) asked about my views on the intersections of knowledge management (KM) and dialogue and deliberation (D&D). Briefly: I think the fields have considerable overlap, but have been isolated from one another for several reasons. The networks of practitioners don’t overlap much, knowledge […]

What makes a blog post/tweet valuable?

I am working with a group of talented and respected leaders, most of whom have not worked with technologies such as forums, discussion groups, blogs, wikis, communities of practice platforms, etc.  They have an online space in which they are starting to post some questions, comments and resources. Several have asked me what makes a […]