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"Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams"

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A lot of virtual team research crosses my screen, most of which is earnest and much of which is the equivalent of a Sunday-night eat-up of what's in the refrigerator. And then something like this comes through, "Developing Real Skills. Collaboration Telecommuting Virtual Teams

Marissa, we need to talk: This genie is way out of the bottle

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Dear Marissa, Apparently, I'm not the only one who has a word or two to say to you.   This does not help the cause."*. "*. Vendors?

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Billionaires buying into the news(~papers)

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The paper was run by Shandy Hill, who lived down the street from us, which is why I knew him, and backed by William M. billion).

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"As networks become more efficient, they become more modular"

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Carl Zimmer's National Geographic article, " The Parts of Life ," merits reading -- and rereading. " Why is this important?

Take that, Gladwell: Vinegar, onions, social networks, and soccer nuts a revolution do make

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For anyone who still doubts ( Malcolm Gladwell ) the role of informal communication, aka social media, in bringing about monumental change before the whole world's very eyes in Egypt, see today's lead story (headlined in print version) of NY Times, " A Tunisian-Egyptian Link That Shook Arab History." " And on it goes.

"Networking" -- 1982

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Time is coming for the 30th anniversary of Jeff Stamps' and my first book, Networking: The First Report and Directory (Doubleday, April 19, 1982). Last week, I received an unexpected email from Mark Satin, one of the "networkers" featured in. Jeff Stamps

2012 24

Leaderless? No, leader-full in the virtual workplace

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Terrence Seamon, whom I had the chance to work with a few years back when American Management Association was putting together a new course on leading virtual teams (I was subject matter expert for the course and Terry held the. Leadership Networks and Networking Telecommuting Virtual Teams

Lindy Hess changed our lives and so many others

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It was 3 AM and I woke, cold, which, given the heat of the past weeks, seemed impossible. Photo by Lilian Kemp swiped from NYT obit (thanks).

2013 19

Seriously? Yahoo CEO lassoing everyone back to the office???

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Keen reader Joe Wehr just spotted this post by Kara Swisher on All Things D about Yahoo's CEO calling everyone back to the office. Hard to believe in Feb 2013 but here's the link. Perhaps Marissa Meyer needs to read, ahem, Virtual Teams ? Yahoo CEO Mayer Now Requiring Remote Employees to Not Be (Remote

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Cancer Commons - another open-science initiative

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Comes news now of another approach being tried out in cancer that incorporates data, individualized treatment, and networking. Health Science

"'Let's [not] meet'"

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Eli Stein cartoon, reprinted with permission Scott Kirsner's round-up today on how people feel about meetings - and what they do about it - is "likely" to be one of the most "liked" articles in modern Boston Globism. Other than. Business

Does The New Yorker Need Gladwell?

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If reaction to Malcolm Gladwell's latest dump of cold water on the flaming arc between social media and social change is any measure, The New Yorker very much needs this able writer to keep the links flying. " Gladwell's two-letter answer: No. Argument, Gladwell's is, as he throws in provocation after poke ("Whoa.

2011 24

Carrot dust and heaven in a barn. and a flood. and a festival

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It was a gorgeous late August day, fields abundant with the fruits of summer. Even the goat and pig were friendly. But we had come to eat the best meal of our lives. First, hors d's (photo by Etienne Frossard). Farmers' Market Food and Drink Lake and Finn New York Weather

2011 19

Four-year tuition-free scholarships to the new Antioch -- pass it along

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News from my alma mater ( click for a bit of the history as posted here): Antioch College is offering four-year, 100% tuition-free Horace Mann Fellowships to 25 students entering as freshmen this fall, 2011, when the college reopens Background: A group of alumni formed a nonprofit and purchased the College from the University, its parent in 2009.

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Adapting agile development to virtual teams

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This one's for the developers out there: " The Paradox of Agile PM and Virtual Team s " by Dr. David F. Here, for example, is one set: ?.

Walk your dog even if you don't have one

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The old adage* is true, according to researchers from Michigan State University.     Animals

A thousand million trillion cranes

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Her classmates finished for her. In Japan, when others are ill, people fold cranes. And when babies are born. And for good luck.   Japan

Men and their ties

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Credit on NYT site says it from "The White House." "  

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"A Visionary's World"--Don Aucoin on the Bucky play

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Last one on Bucky , I promise (for a while). Don Aucoin's review (and Marcus Stern's photos) of “R. And Aucoin honors playwright-director D.W.

Dance your PhD

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Enough of those dry defenses. Science, the esteemed journal of AAAS, the weekly (or is it a daily) which I, for one, don't normally associate with modern dance (or rap), sponsors an annual "Dance your PhD" contest and I'm rooting. Art Family Health Humor Science

Organizational mapping, crisis mapping & disaster response

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My colleague, NetAge Director Doug Carpenter, recently brought my attention to the need for better organizational mapping during major crises. This led us to take a look at Haiti, where the need for understanding who's doing what and how they. Collaboration Crowdsourcing Environment Haiti Networks and Networking OrgScope Volunteers

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The future of computer science -- in one hour

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I had the chance to listen to one of the icons of computer science recently. John Hopcroft, IBM Professor of Engineering and Applied Mathematics in Computer Science at Cornell, gave a talk on future directions in theoretical computer science to. Research Science Technology

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Web Site Story

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Perfect. Thanks to Georges Grinstein who put me on to this, for all of us online fanatics. Just wait until you get to the line about Evite. or eHarmony. just sit back and e(n)joy! Humor Web/Tech

Memorial Service for Jeff Stamps

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Memorial service for Jeff Stamps 10:30 AM, Wed, June 15, 2011 First Unitarian Society of Newton 1326 Washington Street, West Newton, MA Burial immediately following at Newton Cemetery In lieu of flowers, donations please: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or Tibet. Jeff Stamps Pancreatic cancer

Jeffrey Spaulding Stamps ~ March 18, 1944-June 11, 2011

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Jeff off-piste at Corchevel, France 60th Birthday Ski Trip. Family Jeff Stamps Pancreatic cancer

Going it alone

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Some heartening research for introverts. In this age of collaboration (telecommuting, virtual teams, remote working, etc), we might take a page from people who spend time alone (and not like this-alone, at the computer), according to " The power of lonely " by Leon Neyfakh in yesterday's Boston Globe.

150 of my closest friends

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Jorgen Fagerquist alerted me to a post on Sweden's clever English-language "The Local," with possibly the best headline of the week, maybe the year, or century, bearing a sentiment that taxpayers everywhere might agree with: " Swedish taxpayers organized by apes." " I don't think it's a translation issue.

Decide to Network by Robert Muller

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Every now and then, we get a request for copies of the "Decide to Network" postcard, backstory here.   Boston Networks and Networking

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Scaling online collaboration

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It's a problem. If you're not in the field, what am I talking about? But how do you collaborate with infinite numbers? You don't. You can't.

2013 10

Yup, iPhone tracker.a snippet of mine

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This is where I downloaded the open-source app that allowed me to look at my data. Troubling.   Apple Privacy Technology

Rebecca, The Most Influential

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Which gives the excuse to use this picture from our mutual friend Kate's birthday a few years back. Rebecca is standing, 1st from left; y.t.

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Phone alone 2

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I don't know who took this photo (thanks, Wired) but they must have been in my kitchen in the past week. Same phone. Same plastic container.

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How to fold a crane via Blarneycrone

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My friend Liz at Blarneycrone picked up on my post and made it much better with a link to instructions for folding said cranes. Japan

Proofreader needed?

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Can you spot it? And, for the record, I'm a habitué of the advice, more diligently than ever since contracting the norovirus. No fun!

Revere Beach Elegy reissued

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His ability to move fluidly across the page, funny here, sad there, ironic next, and sometimes purely observational, is remarkable.

Egyptian revolution on Twitter

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It's worth reading Andre's post describing what he did. And it's really required viewing for those interested in how networks evolve.

Goodbye, hello, Mr. Minimalist Mark

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  We call him Mark. Not that we know him personally but Mark Bittman is a character in our household kitchen drama. "Are you using Mark?"

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Skating on very thin ice

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The River Charles as it is sometimes archly called runs the Boston Marathon -- from Hopkinton out into Boston Harbor. We hope they stayed dry.

Life -- and art -- after genocide: Arn Chorn-Pond

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Joe Kahn has a great piece in today's Boston Globe about Cambodian Arn Chorn-Pond and the "thinly fictionalized" biography about him by Patricia McCormick. Never Fall Down is Chorn-Pond's story surviving the Khmer Rouge. single sentence from Kahn's article. Art violence War

Mapping the "New Citizens"

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Thanks to our friends at TechSoup Global (see Glenn Fajardo’s, “Building Better Solutions Together, Faster”), we have been inspired to take a closer look at what’s happening with the “new citizens” movement, a grassroots effort that’s spawned its own ecology. Government OrgScope