Roles in communities of practice

Joitske Hulsebosch

Does a learning community or community of practice need roles to function well? Should you officially assign these roles to people or is it best if people spontaneously fullfil certain roles? can it help to formalize roles and assign certain roles to members in a network?

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The Changing Role of the Learning Facilitator

Jenny Connected

It seems to me that these two approaches, i.e. one on learning, the other on business, could affect the role of the facilitator. pm tonight was initiated by Brenda Kaulback, Lisa Levinson, and Doris Reeves-Lipscomb as a way of reflecting on the changing nature of their work and in the light of their recent participation in open learning environments such as MOOCs. Do you see these new developments as creating possibilities for your role or as putting you out of business?

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The changing role of the online teacher

Jenny Connected

What is a teacher’s role? In my recent reading of research into MOOCs, I have noted reports that there has not been enough focus on the role of the teacher in MOOCs and open online spaces (Liyanagunawardena et al., Is there a role for automated teachers?

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How ‘Engagement Roles’ Blur Organizational Boundaries

Alchemy of Change

Engagement roles ” are one way to do that. Engagement roles represent specific types of work that need to get done for the organization to achieve its objectives. A couple examples: “Philanthropic contribution” is an important engagement role in nonprofit organizations.

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Three Jobs of the Change Leader

Partnering Resources

That’s all you really need to do to be a successful change leader. After all, managing people, especially during change, is complex and dynamic. Our new, free graphic, The Role of the Change Leader , helps leaders understand how to achieve each task.

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Literature Review: Improving Work Practices in Times of Change

Collaborative Thinking

Hopefully, the Review is somewhat related to an eventual Thesis so I've tried to pull together some thoughts on how to improve work practices in times of change (explained below). Improving Work Practices in Times of Change.

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Looking at Middle Management’s Role in Business Software Decisions

Portals and KM

  So this study looked at the current role of middle managers in software purchases.   Their advice to vendors is enhance the role that middle managers play in the selection process by providing clear descriptions of the functions of their products, more training materials directed at business professional and make the relationship the software and their more explicit. Here is a report that asks an interesting quesion.

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Can Cloud Computing Elevate the Role of IT, Making It More Strategic?

Portals and KM

Here is an interesting study by IDG that found that cloud computing is enabling a more central role for IT in shaping business strategy and driving innovation. The vast majority (96 percent) believes that the primary role of IT has changed over the past five years, and 71 percent feel the trend to continue over the next two years.  Half feel that the cloud is contributing to this change.

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Changing IT Mindsets From Deployment To Adoption

Collaborative Thinking

To make up for the shortsightedness, we respond (after the solution has been deployed and after the project has officially ended) with governance programs, user experience enhancements, change management processes, and community outreach efforts. Some take-aways I hope you consider: Governance programs, user experience design, change management processes, and community outreach efforts must be treated as required components of the project.

White Label Online Change Management Game (cohort) from Bioteams Design

The Bumble Bee

Bioteams readers might be interested to know that I have just launched Cohort - an Online Change Management Game which challenges players to explore different strategies to gain the support of a group of senior executives for a major change initiative.

Consumer No More: How the Web Changes Us

Alchemy of Change

The web has changed a lot of things about the way we consume media. It’s flipped our primary communications infrastructure from a one-way, to a two-way flow of information – and that change in the way we communicate is redefining who we are.

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Teams, technology and change

Joitske Hulsebosch

It is a good model to use when you're dealing with a change in which technology plays a role. The rider of the elephant does not know which way to go to if there is no clarity what the intended change is and what effect the change should provide.

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How the poor adapt to climate change in Kenya and Ethiopia

Net-Map Toolbox

… and what role their formal and informal networks play in this. This is the result of their field work in Ethiopia and Kenya, looking at the strategies and networks of stakeholders in their adaptation to climate change. Farmers in Ethiopia (picture credit Stevie Mann, ILRI).

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Behavior change strategy cards (from Artefact)

John Tropea - Delicious Faciliatation

change. changing people’s behaviors. To use the cards Identify a behavior you’d like the change. Influence of fantasy ability on attitude change through role playing. How might we help users role-play. either role-played the persuader or the. Those who played persuaders, and actively argued against smoking, were more likely to change their own. to change the way they actually. actually changed people’s experiences.1 Behavior.

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How helpful is journalism for People Powered Change? Further thoughts.

Social Reporter

In later posts I hope to have more ideas on what might be a useful role for social reporters in helping facilitate sharing, and generating the know-how we need.

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Guest Post: Adejare Amoo on an Industrialist’s Role in eLearning in Africa

Nancy White

Adejare’s role was to illuminate how business can be part of innovating in eLearning in Africa. AN INDUSTRIALIST’S ROLE IN HIGHER EDUCATION IN AFRICA. It provides opportunities for continuous experimentations as well as controlled frequent and rapid changes.

In Frankfurt Enterprise 2.0 = Organizational Change & People Challenges

21st Century Organization

e20s was a management rather than technology conference, with organizational impact and change the elephant in the room. Industry change Leadership Trends Web 2.0

Reflections on Community Manager Appreciation Day

Online Community Strategy

The intention of #CMAD is to raise awareness about the role of the Community Manager, and to recognize the hard working women and men who support this role for their organizations. I was had the privilege of joining Connie Bensen, a colleague on the Dell Community team, for a fantastic Google+ hangout today to talk about the evolving role of the Community Managers. Tagged: change agent , CMAD , community , Community Management , roles , social media.

Changing the World One Idea at a Time


So as I get to prepare myself for the upcoming European World Tour I will be embarking on shortly I just couldn’t help get reminded of the power of changing the world through a rather simple, yet, incredibly inspiring action: the sharing of ideas.

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Blog>> Social Media and a Changing China

Green Chameleon

Fascinating TED talk on how China is changing and the role social media plays in its evolution

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Complementary Roles of Tablets, Smart Phones, and Television

Portals and KM

A recent article by Clayton Morris, Study Reveals Changing Role of iPads, Tablet PCs found that 70 percent of tablet owners and 68 percent of smart phone owners use their devices while watching television. It also reported that 61 percent of eReader owners use their device in bed, while 57 percent of tablet owners and 51 percent of smart phone owners do the same. Now bed is one of the places I watch TV, the other is in my office next to my laptop.

How Our Narratives Inform Our Hopes for Change

How to Save the World

But radical changes to existing systems are difficult, they are constantly resisted by the existing institutions, by the powerful people that benefit most from the status quo, and by the masses of people who fear they will lose something if the systems in which they are embedded were to be altered.

Teaching with technology: changing roles

Jenny Connected

My third question in this series (from the list I posted) is: How has your role changed as a result of working with technology? Recently – it hasn’t changed a lot, since I have been working and teaching online for a number of years now. Could I be in a rut when technology is changing so fast? When I first started to work online (a number of years ago now), there was a marked and startling change in my role as a teacher.

Three roles of a facilitator

Michelle Laurie

Thank you International Institute for Facilitation and Change. I recently came across this short video that gives a quick description of a facilitator. It’s got great visuals, some interesting metaphors and is a good introduction to the fundamentals of a facilitator.

Building Social Business: The Seven Types of Social Roles in Employee Communities

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Pages Home About Gautam Indian HR Blogs Indian Social Media Strategists Linkbar Articles Media Mentions Thoughts Quora Facebook Twitter HR Community Welcome Follow @GautamGhosh Mar 30, 2010 The Seven Types of Social Roles in Employee Communities Tweet An employee community is a closed community within the firewall of the Organization 2.0 - where employees connect and build content along with each other to build relationships and knowledge. community role

SXSW Notes: Content As a Means for Social Change

Portals and KM

This is the session on Content As a Means for Social Change led by Biz Stone, CCO/Co-founder, The Obvious Corporation and Brian Sirgutz, SVP, Social Impact, AOL/Huffington Post. As social and Internet entrepreneurs search for ways to effect IRL social change by using online tools and platforms, the focus has been on social media. His life has changed as a result on the need to impact social change. In June of 2011 he co-founded an organization to help change the world.

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What’s in a Role? Another relic of the industrial age?

Governance in a Networked World

How should roles be described? More importantly, how does one assess whether a role is being performed adequately or not? These named roles will typically be accompanied by a role description. There even may be a set of named competencies attached to these named roles.

Does Anger Motivate Change?

Hildy Gottlieb

What part does anger play in creating change — personal change, organizational change, social change? And I’m hoping that leads to your own exploration about the role anger plays in your life. Changing the World Compassion Mindfulness

Technology: the potential role of blogs in changing development

Joitske Hulsebosch

ODI has started a blog with commentary from leading development experts. Enrique Mendizabal blogged about blog development, blogs. He sees the value of blogs and other social technologies to bridge the IT gap between resource rich civil society organisations (CSOs) in developed countries and those in developing countries. It awards small CSOs in developing countries access to information and participatory spaces otherwise closed to them.

Role of facilitation in disaster recovery

Viv Mcwaters

Back in 2006 BB (Before Blogging) I attended a training course for facilitators on the role of facilitation in disaster recovery. My views on disasters and the role of facilitation have been both reinforced and changed completely as I reflect on a two-day workshop I recently completed called “Facilitating Psycho-Social Reconstruction” – and I’ll come back to what that actually means in a moment. And I thought that the role of the facilitator began only after disasters.

How your landscape expands if you talk about conflict…

Net-Map Toolbox

Or: How can we change the world? Or is it because their formal role is to control others (e.g. evaluation function) so conflict is inherent in their role and will remain a productive force in the system? Let me start by saying: I don’t like conflict.

Predictable Success, Truth Telling, Dealmakers, and Ecosystems: Highlights from the Inc 5000 Conference

Partnering Resources

exactly – hold the role of dealmakers. Business Ecosystems and Change. Business Ecosystems Change Navigation Leadership Inc 5000 was the highest energy conference I’ve ever attended.

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10 options for implementing a KM strategy

Chris Collison

This is the traditional “someone at the top has said this needs to happen” approach, usually accompanied by a cascade, a change initiative, communications and engagement plan, brown-bag presentations, training programmes, mugs and mouse mats.

Developing the Ecosystem for Financing Transformation with the SDGs: A Foundation and Science View

Networking Action

Transformation requires substantial investment in the change process: experimenting and identifying transformative solutions, creating capacity, and sustaining the actual change effort over the many years the process requires. A webinar will focus on the these issues and the role of … Net Dev

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What can knowledge interventions contribute to development?

Joitske Hulsebosch

Or if you'd like to call this knowledge too, then I would like to clearly distinguish it from 'actionable knowledge', knowledge that leads to changing practices. A lot of research never gets transformed into changing realities. I explained my vision that in my idea the counterpart model in development (the northern expert working with a southern person for a longer period of time) has disappeared because it is not how people learn and change happens.

Monday Morning Rock Out: Building a Movement for Change

Hildy Gottlieb

We see role models like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi as somehow super human – more akin to gods than to the merely mortal humans they were. Each of us has the power, right now, to be the change we want to see. Happy Monday!

100+ Tried & True Problem-Solving Tools

Partnering Resources

This model, shown to the right, helps people identify who takes which role (responsible, accountable, informed, or consulted) in relation to each neglected or conflicted task. It helps leaders gain a clearer map of positions and people affecting the change process.

BIG CHANGE Webinar Series Starts Today

Nancy White

For the last two years I have been part of Nexus for Change. This year we decided to take a break from the work of putting on a F2F gathering and a subgroup has been preparing for some online work, this time in the form of the BIG CHANGE Webinar Series. Today is the kick-off for this free webinar series sponsored by The NEXUS for Change and Bowling Green State University. Go to and click on Big Change to register.

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My KM World Notes: The Role of Social Techniques in Search & How It Impacts Your Organization

Portals and KM

    It is titled:  The Role of Social Techniques in Search & How It Impacts Your Organization by   Charlene Li ,    P artner, Altimeter Group.  She said search will change to provide more social content both inside the enterprise and on the Web. This is a role that  Darwin Ecosystem  serves as you can see the relationships between topics on a near real time basis.

Democracy undergoing change


  What has happened in Egypt is about democatic progress - in spite of the massively dubious, US-supported role of the military; and even if it fails - but it's a different kind of democracy to the tired and partial hierarchical model our politicians self-servingly try to protect.