Mapping the social innovation ecosystems around public libraries together: the Czech connection(s)

Making CommunitySense

As we are using the same mapping language for all library maps, it also becomes easier to do cross-case analysis, integrate maps, and even see connections at the national level. Public libraries are cornerstones of civil society.

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Two kinds of knowing

Jenny Connected

Interestingly, these two kinds of knowing are not recognised in the English language as they are in other languages. This is the third theme I have selected from Iain McGilchrist’s book, The Master and His Emissary.

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Links of the Quarter: March 2019

How to Save the World

Speaking Shetlandic: Let your ear accustom itself to Scottish poet laureate Christine De Luca’s conversation and it will teach you much about language in general. that cornered the limits of Language: Patois or Pidgin; Colloquial or Kailyard; Vernacular or Slang. is language.

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Meet Beau, a reflection chatbot

Joitske Hulsebosch

Beau was tested by 51 people and these are the results Our conclusions: Most people are positive about the use of Beau, the tone and the language used in the conversation. Working in a small group to design a blended training I felt very annoyed. I had the feeling we were investing too much energy in defining the goals and was worried that the team was not going in the right direction.

2019 116

Engaged Customer definitions: Super Users, Influencers, Advocates

Community Guy

Language matters. . Definitions are important. We know that all community have stratifications amongst their members. Some members are very active, some very passive…a plenty of shades in between. Beyond just members with “standard” activity levels, we think about the most active, most passionate, most influential members and how we can get them helping to drive our community, marketing, and business goals. .

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Differences are real; divisiveness is a choice

Chris Corrigan

In Canada’s only bilingual province, language is a massive difference between people, and New Brunswick has a multitude of language cultures.

2019 83

Why it’s hard to talk about dialogic containers in English

Chris Corrigan

Over my career I’ve had the gift of working extensively in indigenous communities in North America and one of the features of many (but not all) indigenous languages is the fact that they are verb-based as opposed to English which is very noun-based. In English we lack relational language. Over the years, teaching about containers to people who speak these languages I have begun to learn a few concepts.

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The Value of Community Ecosystems

Online Community Strategy

A version of this post appeared on LinkedIn in February of 2019. I’ve worked with some form of community my entire career.

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The politics of translation and the role of staff in Sudbury schools


One thing that makes it easier for me it’s triangulation between the languages. In the last few months, I’ve got involved into translating some of the materials of Sudburyschool Hardewijk from Dutch into Russian. This is a strange experience: I’m into the topics of self-directed education for quite a while but didn’t dive in-depth into the specifics of Sudbury schools until recently.

2019 89

Capacity building and scaling a participatory approach

Chris Corrigan

It takes a common language and shared perspectives and it takes massive diversity and difference to build resourcefulness and resilience.

2019 68

Stuck, (un)schooling and social, writing


I’m a bit lost in which language and where to write about that thinking: I don’t like FB for it, have no idea where to put a text in Russian here and my Russian LJ blog is well, a journal where I enjoy a small secluded space. Also because I do not know how to do so in all three languages that I use on FB and to all those communities that I can reach via FB.

2019 89

Writing Grey Words

How to Save the World

Our languages are built around the reality of these non-existent things , which is probably why wild creatures, absent their need or capacity for abstract mental constructs , have no need or capacity for abstract languages.

2019 56

Blogging Without Facebook

How to Save the World

Those two remaining benefits — auxiliary memory and thinking out loud — are, perhaps not coincidentally, probably the main reasons people have always kept diaries, and probably always will, as long as our species stays around and retains abstract language.

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