Helping a Group Resolve a Problematic Discussion

Michael Sampson - Currents

While I was enjoying a quiet dinner ahead of the week, a group of 8-10 people behind me were engaged in a heated discussion. There were two people in particular who dominated the discussion, and basically threw the same lines back and forth at each other.

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Collaborative Discussions

Michael Sampson - Currents

We have frequent occasions during our work and life to discuss ideas, options, and decision possibilities – plus implications and ramifications – with individuals and groups. Having a discussion is one of the fundamental patterns of human interaction that can be approached collaboratively … or not. I have been reflecting on what “taking a collaborative approach” means in the context of discussions; here are five ideas: 1.

Trending Sources

Group Works

John Tropea - Delicious Faciliatation

Group Works. Welcome to the Group Pattern Language Project. The Group Works deck of 100 full-colour cards (91 patterns + 9 category cards) names what skilled facilitators and other participants do to make things work. Check out Group Works videos on YouTube!

An Alternative Perspective on Group Dynamics

Jenny Connected

In my last post I discussed the hazards of group work and group think. Ironically, in an experience I had last week, I really wished for more group work. Not group think, but group commitment and group responsibility.

Facebook Groups Revisited

Online Social Networking

In October 2010, I wrote New Facebook Groups Wreak Havoc. The “new” Facebook groups were brand new, and they were ruffling quite a few feathers. Facebook Tones Down Group Notifications. If I don’t like a group, I leave it. My Favorite Facebook Groups.

Office 365 for Business – a New Meetup Group in Christchurch

Michael Sampson - Currents

Over the past year I have been doing a lot of work around the effective use of Office 365, and have been wanting to develop a group of people in Christchurch who are interested in making the most of Office 365 in their businesses and organisations. With the arrival of 2016, it is time to push ahead with that idea, and to that end, I am delighted to announce a new Meetup group in Christchurch called Office 365 for Business. – 7.00pm Open Discussion and Networking.

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Mini-Workshop at the Office 365 and SharePoint User Group Meeting

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last week I was the second of two presenters at the Office 365 and SharePoint User Group meeting in Christchurch. In two groups, with three subgroups in each group, I gave one of the six resulting sheets … and asked them to spend 5 minutes answering the questions.

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The Selfish Blogger – A discussion :-)

Jenny Connected

Its ironic that having said that I don’t see blogs as a discussion tool…. “I I don’t see blogs as a discussion tool, for the average person like me. They might be a discussion tool for people like Tony Bates, Stephen Downes, George Siemens and others who have a well-recognized reputation and likely a lot of hits and comments on their blogs. But for people like me, my blog is not a discussion venue.”. On reflection I find blogging just a bit too distant for discussion.

Work Together: 60+ Collaborative Tools for Groups

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

ContactOffice.com - Allows groups to share documents, calandars, contacts, and files. Glide - Facilitates group meetings to review projects together. PlanHQ.com - Specifically for groups working on business plans. TheOpenDoc.com - Create multiple workspaces with multiple documents, then share them for group editing. Tracbac.com - Workspace for your group that features versioning, IM, VoIP ad more. Glypho.com - Site for group writing of fictional stories.

Growing Our Social Media Group

Online Social Networking

I explained in My Social Media Mission Abroad that I was visiting at Baselworld 2011 with the dozens of watch brands we represent to discuss social media collaboration and ideas for future projects.

(Intranets2011) "A social intranet - two years on" - Melissa Hendry, REA Group

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the second-to-last session for the day at Intranets2011 , Melissa Hendry from REA Group talked about their social intranet journey. The home page aggregates blog posts, news, discussion areas, key tags, and more. -. People can join different groups - personal and business. -.

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The Group Work Site in SharePoint 2010 - "strange, inconsistent, weird, and unusable"

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the new site templates is called the "Group Work Site," which is described in the creation dialog box as " a groupware solution that enables teams to create, organize, and share information quickly and easily. Calendared events from the calendar in the Group Work Site?

Guidelines for Group Collaboration and Emergence « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

schrage89) As a distributed group of individuals (agents) within a network, we form a complex adaptive system. An emergent, adaptive group does not exude these characteristics. Mututal Respect It’s easy to full tuned to the people in our group that think like us.

Thinking alone – crowd sourcing – tapping into the group brain?

Net-Map Toolbox

The body is more than a pile of sticks - group brain is more than a pile of brains (picture copyright by perpetualplum on flickr). Or: How can you help a group of people not just pile their thoughts on top of each other but actually multiply what one person can come up with by helping them truely think together and (at least for a few hours) tap into their combined group brain ? So what are the things that help you tap into the group brain?

Helpful facilitation resources for #Occupy groups

Chris Corrigan

If you are a part of an #Occupy group and are focusing on the facilitation teams, I’d like to offer you some resources from the Art of Hosting community. In terms of deeper hosting practice Here is a link to a document i wrote a number of years ago called “Hosting in a Hurry” it can be a useful printout to hand to Occupy Groups to help them think about process.

The Messiness of Rhizomatic Learning – Words Steal My Intent

Jenny Connected

These perceived divisions relate to academics vs non-academics and theorists vs pragmatists and discussion around this was sparked off by a Facebook comment made by Maddie which I have quoted below. Does a healthy cMOOC need ‘group roles’?

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Life With Alacrity: The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes

John Tropea - Delicious Community

« Post RSA Conference Wrapup | Main | Great Social Networking Posts » The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes Lately Ive been noticing the spread of a meme regarding "Dunbars Number" of 150 that I believe is misunderstanding of his ideas. But, what is a "group"?

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Tips for Online Forum Discussion Summaries

e-Moderation Station

The level of support that an online group can generate for each other. The great vibe you get when an online group gels well. How you can see learning take place before your very eyes in forum discussions… and so on. a good forum discussion summary is a resource in itself.

New Secret to Gaining Followers on Facebook

Online Social Networking

I stated in How to Benefit from the New Facebook Groups that “you don’t need to lead a group in order to benefit from it.&# In other words, there is value in joining other people’s Facebook groups. Facebook Group Members Become Followers.

The Evolution of Cooperation

Jenny Connected

Group selection . When humans were hunter gatherers they moved around in extended family groups. A group which was comprised of cooperators had an evolutionary advantage. David Sloan Wilson Cooperation in his book Darwin’s Cathedral discussed religious groups as mechanisms for group selection. When group became too large for all to be groomed this was the start of gossip. Would network reciprocity among groups of cooperators be more successful?

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I want to facilitate online discussions but how do I choose the right platform?

Joitske Hulsebosch

A discussion forum functionality is key for this purpose, other things are nice to have but often blur the decision about the forum to choose. Opening a group on an existing social network sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn. You can invite people to join your group.

10 Tips for Maximizing Facebook Groups

Online Social Networking

I recently discussed Facebook Groups as Alternatives to Ning Sites from a group creator’s vantage point. Here I look at ways you can get the most out of your Facebook Groups from a general member’s point of view. Abide by each group’s preferences.

Critical Discussion in MOOCs

Jenny Connected

In his post Terry was at pains to say that he respected Dave’s work – also Stephen and George’s work – but that he had felt alienated from the ChangeMOOC synchronous session for a number of reasons, which were both to do with the conversation (chat) in the MOOC session about the ideas being discussed, and with the concept of a MOOC and the technologies involved.

#fslt12 Week 2 is underway

Jenny Connected

There is loads of great discussion on the FSLT12 MOOC Moodle site and there have been a number of fascinating blog posts which have been aggregated on the FSLT12 MOOC WordPress site. If you are interested in these questions, then do join the discussion.

#fslt12 Week 2 is underway

Jenny Connected

There is loads of great discussion on the FSLT12 MOOC Moodle site and there have been a number of fascinating blog posts which have been aggregated on the FSLT12 MOOC WordPress site. If you are interested in these questions, then do join the discussion.

Life With Alacrity: Community by the Numbers, Part One: Group Thresholds

John Tropea - Delicious Community

« New Blog for Ephemera | Main | Community by the Numbers, Part II: Personal Circles » Community by the Numbers, Part One: Group Thresholds We often think of communities as organic creatures, which come into existence and grow on their own. Most commonly, the group shrinks.

Are you we? Or are you I?

Net-Map Toolbox

I was reminded of that today when a small group of colleagues disagreed about how you best frame a problem you have with how the team does things. ” or rather “As a group we could achieve so much more if we changed this.” And she said WHAT?

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The Evolution of Cooperation

Jenny Connected

Group selection . When humans were hunter gatherers they moved around in extended family groups. A group which was comprised of cooperators had an evolutionary advantage. David Sloan Wilson Cooperation in his book Darwin’s Cathedral discussed religious groups as mechanisms for group selection. When group became too large for all to be groomed this was the start of gossip. Would network reciprocity among groups of cooperators be more successful?

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Loomio - Group Decision Making

Michael Sampson - Currents

New Zealand''s news website, Stuff, is reporting today on Loomio , a new group decision making software offering. " Loomio has been translated into seven languages and was being used by sports clubs, community groups, businesses and social movements in 20 countries.

3 More Social Media and Web Marketing Strategies for 2011

Online Social Networking

3 Key Social Media and Web Marketing Strategies for 2011 discussed the decline of open networking on Facebook , the revival of Ning networks and the continued relevance of websites and SEO in building your web presence. In month one, Gevril Group received 150 search visits.

A Discussion on The Art of Hosting and the Group Works Deck

How to Save the World

This time around, they interviewed me alongside fellow Bowen Islander Chris Corrigan on the subject of group process facilitation.

10 Basic Group Facilitation Skills

Viv Mcwaters

Throughout this training the topic of facilitating groups within communities has come up and I’ve been asked to provide some idea of basic facilitation skills. This usually does not include presentations, whole group discussions, panels or Q and A sessions – all of which discourage participation in favour of just a few people. If you can’t avoid whole group discussions then at least avoid pointing to someone and asking them directly what they think.

Formicary Offers a Trial of Group Chat in Lync Server 2010

Michael Sampson - Currents

Formicary launched a free evaluation of Microsoft Lync Server 2010 , to allow firms to experience the benefits of real-time group chat before paying up: " Formicary Collaboration Group, a provider of real-time team collaboration solutions, has launched a hosted Group Chat evaluation portal. The new offering introduces Group Chat tools and enhancements and enables customers and prospects to experience the benefits of Group Chat as a business communication tool.

Advising: Statements to facilitate discussions

Joitske Hulsebosch

Yesterday we had a CPsquare session with Robert Tollen who facilitates an online discussion group about Myeloproliferative diseases. The lesson that I took from the discussions, is that as a facilitator you have your own beliefs too, and you have to be aware of your own biases, so that it doesn't limit the conversations. There seem to be very different ideas and beliefs amongst the group so the challenge is to work with this wide variation and arrive at a common strategy.

CollectiveX - Create a Groupsite for sharing and keeping your group connected!

John Tropea - Delicious Community

CollectiveX Home | Tour | Uses | Pricing | About | Instant Enterprise | Groupsites Directory | Login - Trish Stafford Director, Non-Profit Learn More - Glenn Moss Advertising Executive Learn More Create a Groupsite for Free Social Collaboration & Networking for Groups.

Much discussion about networking local government – now how about the rest of civil society?

Social Reporter

The story about closure of the Local Government Association’s Knowledge Hub – which I covered here – has gathered momentum over the past week, with various behind-the-scenes moves to keep it going or develop an alternative, and a gathering of some members of the former advisory group planned this week. There is now a discussion group on the hub about it’s future. I’ve captured some of last week’s Twitter discussion in a Storify here.

Executing Enterprise 2.0: Dachis Group Acquires Headshift

Elsua

If you were involved with KM around that time, and three or four years before, you would probably realise how this recent discussion is just exactly the same one we had back then! So we are not having this discussion as something new.

To discuss or create

I collaborate, e-collaborate, we collaborate

D-groups D-groups is, accordind to the website: " the starting point for fostering groups and communities in international development. Until now we have created about 22 groups of which 8 are in-house groups. You can refer to the group by its name.”

Green Chameleon » Knowledge Power and Responsibility: A Conversation with Nancy Dixon

Green Chameleon

www.straitsknowledge.com blog articles how-to guides events publications book videos about Knowledge Power and Responsibility: A Conversation with Nancy Dixon I had the privilege of a wonderful conversation with Nancy Dixon on the sidelines of KM Asia at the end of November (thanks to Ark Group for facilitating this). I have the same approach but in my experience 7 groups… By Tim Suoer great, such a fun United Nations group.

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Social Networks And Group Formation - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

Become a sponsor Social Networks And Group Formation Theoretical Concepts to Leverage by Shiv Singh on 2007/09/06 | [21 Comments] This is the first in a three-part series on academic research that illuminates social networks, one of the most important trends in design today.