The Value and Limits of Intuition

Jenny Connected

Most people ignore their prejudices, but information can override prejudice. For example, we make judgements on people’s faces within a tenth of a second, but we get better at judging faces with experience. Pattern recognition is an important element in becoming an expert.

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Links of the Quarter: June 2019

How to Save the World

The Art of Colourizing Old Photos: See how the experts do it , step-by-step instructions to DIY , and how colourizing can fool you. Arrived and saw five people holding signs by the door.

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Using personas in design of online and blended learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

Abdel and Hawa do not really exist but are personas we have created and discussed during the design of an online citizen journalism course for people in Mali. Content experts in particular often think about what is important for everyone to know rather than what the participants need.

2019 164

The Wisdom in the No: A New Approach to Conflict

Partnering Resources

Everyone raises their hands except two people. After listening to the dissenter’s explanation, people agrees: they must investigate before proceeding. They developed the Lewis Method, which they taught to over one thousand people in three years. Image: Nadine Shaabana, Unsplash.

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Collaboration is the Hallmark of Community

How to Save the World

Despite the pro-hierarchy propaganda to the contrary, there is absolutely no evidence that leadership, in the sense of extraordinarily gifted people telling others what to do, actually works in our or any society.

2019 78

“But what if our people dominate?”

Chris Corrigan

The request is usually to design an event where we can hear from people without them being dominated by more powerful voices. At some point the client says something like “we’d like to have our people there as observers or table hosts or mixed in as silent listeners.” Often it comes from a good place: that those with power want to create space for people without power to speak and have their ideas taken seriously. Trust your people.

2019 61

The Value of Community Ecosystems

Online Community Strategy

We held the first meeting in a local business conference room, and frankly, I was amazed that anyone showed up (we had 15 people at the first meeting) and impressed that we all had so much to discuss. A version of this post appeared on LinkedIn in February of 2019.

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A decade of living and learning, hosting and harvesting

Chris Corrigan

I have worked with people from various communities of practice, including Open Space, World Cafe, Genuine Contact and most deeply, the Art of Hosting. I have mostly survived by holding questions, opening myself to learning, and reminding myself that I don’t have to be the expert all the time. And who can know what I’ll be writing about on August 31, 2019, in my 51st year, as I catch myself surprised at all that has happened.