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Slinging Mud

Michael Sampson - Currents

I was talking with a colleague last week, and asked about a recent learning and development program on change management he attended.

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cRaggy 2018: design, feedback & reflections

Learning Alliances

This blog post describes the cRaggy event at the June 2, 2018 Cascadia R Conf , its design, the logic behind its design, feedback from participants and reflections on how such an event might be better in the future.

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Finding Human Space

Evolving Web

The world is filled with different people. Wonderful people. Interesting people. I have sat on hilltops in Capetown, drinking wine and eating kudu carpaccio. I’ve felt the random rush of people, all moving on different missions, in Shinjuku.

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Re-Imagining Effective Work – the SAMR Model

Michael Sampson - Currents

Ruben Puentedura developed the SAMR model to categorise how educational technology can be used to enhance education.

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Painting of New Orleans Drum Major Number 3

Portals and KM

Here is a 18" x 24" acrylic painting of a drum major at a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. It is from a photo that I took. Have done two others but sold them and wanted to try it again on a larger scale. 

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Skills for ‘Being’ in a Digital Age

Jenny Connected

I have been puzzling over George Siemens ’ idea that learners need to develop ‘being skills’ if they are to cope with what it means to be human in a digital age. George discusses this with Neil Selwyn in an interview recorded for Monash University, Australia, Faculty of Education. George does qualify, right at the beginning of the interview, that his question ‘What does it mean to be human in a Digital Age?’ is posed from a learning in knowledge development angle.

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Painting of Lafayette Cemetery New Orleans #2

Portals and KM

Here is a 12" square oil painting of the Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans completed on site. I did a larger one on a sunny day to capture the dappled light.This one is a detail of the larger one now done in full shade.

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The skillset of a blended trainer or facilitator: technology is overrated

Joitske Hulsebosch

This week I co-organized the #Trainingtrends2018 session in Utrecht (the Netherlands) with some 90 participants. It was fun. Amazing that we are already working on blended designs for 10 years and for some this a really new area. I think the change is relatively slow because it is shift in mindset.

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Standing on Giants

Evolving Web

This is a short video from Saturday morning. I've been hearing a lot from people with high constancy of purpose. They understand what they are doing and why. . Over the last several years, we've met hundreds who do not have this.

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Sightedness: The Lesson

Michael Sampson - Currents

The lesson from the party hall and what people from different vocations see on entering is that people are quick to see what they’ve been trained to see, and are slow (and sometimes unable) to see that which they haven’t got the training to see.

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Principles focused evaluation and racial equity

Chris Corrigan

I was happy to be able to spend a short time this week at a gathering of Art of Hosting practitioners in Columbus, Ohio. People had gathered from across North America and further afield to discuss issues of racial equity in hosting and harvesting practices.

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Painting of Arsene DeLay New Orleans

Portals and KM

Here is a 24" x 24" acrylic painting of the New Orleans singer, Arsene DeLay.m It is from a photo that I took of her singing at Jazz Fest 2014. I have always enjoyed her singing at places like Buffa's and the Spotted Cat. 

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Mother tongue and identity

Mathemagenic

Still, for many of us, our mother tongue is bound up with our deeper identity, our memories and sense of self. The article, Can you lose your native language? , is about language attrition, but my brain picks up this piece, because it’s something I’ve been thinking a lot recently. I speak Russian to our kids, but we live in the Netherlands and recently I started to get more pressure to speak Dutch to them when other people are present.

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On uniqueness lost - Anthony Bourdain

Evolving Web

There are people I respect immediately. . And there are people where I’m like, “Uh, okay, keep going…. Maybe I’ll respect you later.”. . And almost no one gets to respect from that. . One who did was Anthony Bourdain. .

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Mixed Reality with Power BI for Firstline Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

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Useless Advice

How to Save the World

I am watching a pair of violet-green swallows trying to get to their nest, which happens to be in the powder room vent of my house. Swallows have nested there every summer I’ve been here, though it means a sudden sharp flying turn up into the narrow vent in the deck ceiling.

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Painting of Lafayette Cemetery New Orleans

Portals and KM

Here is a 16" x 20" oil painting of the Lafayette Cemetery, New Orleans completed on site. I did this to capture the dappled light.

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Joint Use in Online Spaces

Full Circle Associates

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Selecting weak signals and building in diversity and equity

Chris Corrigan

When working in complexity, and when trying to create new approaches to things, it’s important to pay attention to ideas that lie outside of the known ways of doing things. These are sometimes called “weak signals” and by their very nature they are hard to hear and see.

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Fragments

How to Save the World

W hat we think of as our ‘life’ is actually just an infinite series of fragments.

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Information Theory and Uncertainty in Collaborative Teams

Michael Sampson - Currents

Information theory says that new information reduces uncertainty. That something additional reduces the set of possible actions or outcomes. That as more information is gathered, collected, captured, understood and refined, uncertainty is reduced to such an extent that certainty rules the day.

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Conversations for Understanding – the Amway RealTalk Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

Claire from Amway explains their RealTalk initiative to create the context for people to talk about difficult subjects without trying to “win” the conversation. The overall intent was to improve the culture at Amway.

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Envisioning a New Approach

Michael Sampson - Currents

Envisioning a new approach has two inputs: your understanding of the current reality of the work process or activity, and your newly developed understanding of what’s possible.

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Distractions at the Office Mean That Remote Workers Outperform

Michael Sampson - Currents

Brian writes about why remote workers outperform office workers : … one study found that the number of people who say they cannot concentrate at their desk has increased by 16 percent since 2008.

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Wanted: A Presentist

Michael Sampson - Currents

With futurists the world is awash. Who proclaim the new and to the past say tosh. The future of work is so very posh. What you’re doing today is only bosh. The world is awash with futurists. Those who claim to see the future. As in the future of work.

2018 116

Embrace the Stupid First Draft

Michael Sampson - Currents

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer]. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. Puck Magazine , 1903].

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22 Ways To See Things Differently – Nicholas Bate

Michael Sampson - Currents

From Nicholas Bate in April 2014 on seeing things differently : 1. With the lights low. Early, at dawn. Through dark glasses. Wearing a brown paper bag and just listening. Through the tube of a rolled-up newspaper. Late, at dusk. Through binoculars. Squint.

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Use Binoculars, Not a Magnifying Glass

Michael Sampson - Currents

Both a magnifying glass and binoculars enhance vision, with one providing the micro and the other the macro in details not available to the naked eye.

2018 116

Study Beyond Your Industry

Michael Sampson - Currents

What could you learn from an operations manager at Schipol Airport, or an analyst at HSBC, or the man who schedules the trains for Network Rail or the process guy at the Department for Education?

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Seeing With Your Eyes Closed

Michael Sampson - Currents

On a day that I’m giving a workshop, I like to arrive at the location a couple of hours before everyone else. Sometimes the room has already been set out in a particular fashion, but other times the room is a blank canvas.

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Shopping for Inspiration

Michael Sampson - Currents

Learning what others have done with the new tools and resources available to them provides inspiration and challenge on what could be possible in your work, team and organisation. I call this shopping for inspiration.

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Improving Things for Knowledge and Information Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

Knowledge and information workers don’t produce physical product. They are paid to use their brains – leveraging a domain of knowledge, ways of thinking, ways of approaching a problem, ways of creating solutions to problems, and so on.

2018 116

Creativity – Playing with Possibilities

Michael Sampson - Currents

Creativity. Playing with possibilities. A playfulness with constraints. A pushing of the known to create the different. Re-Imagining Effective Work

2018 116

Backlash Against Group Chat

Michael Sampson - Currents

Group chat offers a particular approach to communication between people, characterised by rapid fire interaction, short sentences or thought fragments, and a fun and lively tone.

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