Diversity is hard

Jenny Connected

But a key point she makes is that diversity, which is ‘often touted as highly desirable’ is hard – ‘uncomfortable, emotionally exhausting and downright frustrating’. In doing this we reduce diversity. This tendency to try to reduce diversity is not only evident in online networks.

Diversity and Peer Assessment in OldGlobe MOOC

Jenny Connected

For me one of the best things about OldGlobe is the diversity of the participant group. But OldGlobeMOOC is truly diverse. This diversity is great. The stories being told in OldGlobe are richly diverse and a privilege to read.

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Embracing Uncertainty, Diversity and Othering for Learning

Full Circle Associates

We talked about the diversity of project staff – geographically, organizationally, amount of experience (age), etc. The discussion that followed Bron’s question was diverse and fascinating. Through it came the thread that learning happens in a (diverse) ecosystem of people, contexts and content and that who we learn with influences our learning.

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Leadership traits for working in diverse contexts

Chris Corrigan

To do so he listed nine key traits for leaders working in diversity, and the whole post is like an index to a life long curriculum on managing diverse teams in diverse contexts. Believe that diversity is our strength.

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Increased Number and Diversity of Commonly Used Devices

Michael Sampson - Currents

With the introduction of some amazing mobile devices over recent years, it’s no surprise that we have witnessed growth in the number and diversity of devices carried around by people.

Online, local social capital, and network diversity


Some years ago there was interest in the possibility of what was known as ‘cyber-balkanisation’ – the expectation that online activity would create silos of communities of interest at the expense of diversity of networks; and perhaps that local communities based on face-to-face contact might atrophy as a direct consequence.   Cohesion and diversity Neighbourhood relations networked neighbourhoods Social capital

How Important Is It To Manage Temporal Diversity in Virtual Teams?

Leading Virtually

Does such diversity help a team address different and, oftentimes, competing team performance expectations that are typical for many teams? Are there any ways in which this diversity can be managed so that it benefits rather than hinders team performance?

Update on OldGlobeMOOC and Peer Assessment

Jenny Connected

The OldGlobeMOOC is a great experience in terms of the diversity of participants. Tagged: #OldGlobeMOOC , assessment , Coursera , diversity , MOOC , peer assessment , xMOOC. OldGlobeMOOC #OldGlobeMOOC assessment Coursera diversity MOOC peer assessment xMOOC OldGlobeMOOC is about to start it’s 4 th week (following a week’s break for July 4 th celebrations in the US), and the Week 3 assignment peer reviews are in.

New publication – CulTech2015: Cultural Diversity and Technology Design

Making CommunitySense

de Moor (2015), CulTech2015: Cultural Diversity and Technology Design. Just published: H. He, N. Memarovic, A. Sabiescu, A. In Avram, Gabriela; De Cindio, Fiorella; Pipek, Volkmar (eds.) 2015): Proceedings of the Work-In-Progress Track of the 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies , Limerick, Ireland, 27-30 June, 2015 , pp.153-156. Filed under: culture , design , technologies , tools. culture design technologies tools

Culture: diversity and inclusion

Joitske Hulsebosch

Via Gurteen I found 3 conversations about diversity and inclusion talking about the UK and France. She states that a society has to look into diversity issues because of the need to create a well-balanced society.

Are Board Turnover Rates Limiting Diversity Opportunities and Growth?

Governance in a Networked World

If ‘vacancies’ are so rare, what impacts will that have on the timing of the board diversity agenda? For the gender diversity supporters, current board renewal rates will become a natural governor on progress.

Knowledge diversity

Bas Rues

This is very well outlined and written by Chun Wei Choo in his book ‘The Knowing Organization’ I’d like to explore the concept of ‘Knowledge diversity’ here. Today I would like to discuss something about knowledge.

Unity in diversity


  But it was also a chance to hear about and discuss the centre’s major recent report on the future of the third sector , Unity in diversity. This time last week I was in Birmingham for a community sector celebratory get-together, hosted by the Third Sector Research Centre.

The Case for SmOOCs

Jenny Connected

SmOOCs have a lot going for them, principally in terms of the relationship between size, diversity and openness. It was interesting to observe this in FSLT12, which was open enough to ensure diversity, but small enough to ensure that ‘cliques’ didn’t form and that there was a very good mix between novice and experienced participants, different ages, disciplines and cultures. Change 11- massiveness and diversity. On reflection #fslt12 was a SmOOC – a small open online course.

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Locality, diversity, and internet use


A new study published by Keith Hampton and colleagues confirms that internet use has little if any negative impact on the diversity of people’s networks. It concludes that the use of social media primarily supports diverse networks through participation in these settings.

What diversity does to work groups…

Net-Map Toolbox

Unfortunately I cannot find it on the web and I didn’t pay attention to the name of the researcher while I was listening - but the point they made deserves some consideration: In their self assessment diverse work groups (in terms of gender, race, cultural background, professional background, political affiliation etc.) Apparently it doesn’t make them happier but more effective. That’s the result of a study I heard about on the radio (NPR) two days ago.

Gender and diversity

Making Sense With Facilitated Systems

It was placed there by their Diversity & Social Justice Committee, and it read, "Men who want to support women in our struggle for freedom and justice should understand that it is not terrifically important to us that they learn to cry; it is important to us that they stop the crimes of violence against us." Tags: BGI diversity At a recent Bainbridge Graduate Institute Intensive, I found a short note affixed to my nametag.

Diversity and representation on local websites


I've had a few conversations and thoughts lately (beginning with the London Neighbourhoods Online [ LDN10 ] event last month) about diversity and representation on local websites. We should also recognise that pseudonymity on local forums permits a hidden diversity.

Breath and Diversity of Television Blogs - Part Two

Portals and KM

This is TV blog weekend. Television is a natural topic for blogs as TV appeals to a wide audience; it has a long tail, and people are a re passionate about these niche topics. The BlogCatalog which contains 1621 television blogs the last time I looked including our TVissimo TV Schedule Blog. Here are some more examples that show the variety. There are many more. Give them a try. Let me know your favorites. Remote Access - A TV blog with recaps, fan news, updates and more.

Breath and Diversity of Television Blogs - Part One

Portals and KM

This is TV blog weekend. Television is a natural topic for blogs as TV appeals to a wide audience; it has a long tail, and people are a re passionate about these niche topics. The BlogCatalog which contains 1621 television blogs the last time I looked including our TVissimo TV Schedule Blog. Here are some examples that show the variety. There are many more. I will post another half dozen tomorrow. Give them a try. Let me know your favorites.

Election year reminder of the importance of diversity in networks

Portals and KM

One of the enduring lessons of net work is the importance of diversity. This applies to the composition of networks, which need to have sufficient variety to support the cross-fertilization of ideas and values, as well as to our personal networks. Rob Cross , in his work at the Network Roundtable at the University of Virginia has has homed in on this latter aspect by developing software that helps individuals understand the composition of their personal networks.

We Are The Filter Bubble

Alchemy of Change

Here's why diversity in your social network matters. Computer algorithms aren't the only thing contributing to the "Internet Filter Bubble." Who we choose to connect with in our social networks deeply affects who is "curating" the content we consume. Emotionally Intelligent curation Facebook Google Information Networker Internet Filter Bubble social networks Twitter

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How Important is it to Manage Temporal Diversity in Teams?

Leading Virtually

Does such diversity help a team address different and, oftentimes, competing team performance expectations that are typical for many teams? Are there any ways in which this diversity can be managed so that it benefits rather than hinders team performance?

Team of Rivals: Weaving a Diverse Network

TNT - The Network Thinker

A diverse team is difficult to manage, but usually produces better results than a team of like-thinkers. The key to Lincoln's diverse team was different thinking and different expertise and different styles. Congratulations Mr. Community Organizer.

Social networks and informal support: the big shift for policy


    Cohesion and diversity Governance and participation Informal support Neighbourhood relations Older people Social capital Social policyIt’s obvious that informal support and social networks can be critical to the way society looks after its members.

ID and Other Reflections: Managing Diversity through Community Management

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Managing Diversity through Community Management. As a community manager and social business evangelist in a highly distributed and diverse organization, I’ve begun to realize not only the value of but the critical need to understand these aspects. ID and Other Reflections.

Testing the Wisdom of Crowds

Alchemy of Change

When we make it possible for people to aggregate their wisdom in independent, diverse and decentralized ways, the resulting "wisdom of the crowds" can be uncannily accurate. I just tested that on Google+, and here are my results. Collaboration collaboration collective intelligence Google wisdom of crowds

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Changing the Meme of Constant Growth

Networking Action

She describes how growth has become a “meme,” a core value, and she identifies diverse alternatives, from “thrivability” to “enough.” Constant growth is driving humanity off an ecological cliff, writes Dr. Sandra Waddock (Boston College). Dr. Waddock is active with … Net Dev

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Context and culture in communities of practice « Jenny Connected


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The one reason not to bother with lists about ‘community’


But the trick for the 21 st century is to describe and buttress an appreciation of ‘community’ that takes account of networked individualism, ethnic diversity, class fissures, and high rates of mobility.   Cohesion and diversity Mobility and change Space and placeKaid Benfield has written some good stuff, but this latest Atlantic piece – ‘ What Are the 7 Keys to a Strong Community? ’ - is perplexing. It’s based on this previous article by Scott Doyon.

Net-Map training, 16th-17th August, Washington DC

Net-Map Toolbox

The most engaging part of a Net-Map training that is open to everyone is the diversity of participants. You want to understand the politics of a reform, manage the people side of your business, evaluate complex projects or do engaging qualitative, quantitative and visual network research?

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cMOOCs and xMOOCs – key differences

Jenny Connected

cMOOCs promote diversity , the kind of diversity that comes with a mesh network. xMOOCs encourage a huge diversity of participants, but in cMOOC terms diversity is more than broadcasting the same message to thousands of people, i.e. the model of a centralized network.

Against gentrification: the Siege of the Elephant


Cohesion and diversity Governance and participation Space and placeSouthwark Notes Archive Group. are currently inviting folks to contribute to ‘The Siege of the Elephant,’ a one-day convergence against the gentrification of Elephant and Castle and surrounding area in London.

What is the Diversification ‘Sweet Spot’? We have an Answer.15%

Governance in a Networked World

What is the right balance of diverse experiences and specialisation for our future leaders? How powerful would it be to have a quantitative measure for diversity that is clearly linked to your bottom line performance? But there is no ruler calibrated for diversity.

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#openedMOOC begins October 1st

Jenny Connected

I am hoping this course will take a critical approach, encourage diverse perspectives and be willing to surface and challenge assumptions, such as the assumption that ‘open is good’, as implied by the header on the EdX course site.

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The ‘Sisterhood’ Goes Missing at Board Level

Governance in a Networked World

Board diversity has been a hot topic in the corporate world for some time now. Diversity is commonly interpreted as ‘more women on company boards’. So wouldn’t the ‘old girls network’ be the best vehicle for addressing the board diversity issue? But why does diversity matter?

Occupying the neighbourhood: 'everybody knows who you are'


Cohesion and diversity Mobility and change Neighbourhood relationsYesterday I was working with my colleague Hugh Flouch with some residents on an estate in Wolverhampton. They're all tenants of Wolverhampton Homes, and like many local people have been there for a long time.

PhD by Publication – Selection of Papers

Jenny Connected

In her book, PhD by Published Work , Susan Smith writes that one of the disadvantages of this route to a PHD is that ‘ it is tricky to retrospectively shoe-horn diverse papers into a post hoc theme’ (p.34).

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Can improv save the world? It can’t make it any worse!

Viv Mcwaters

We’ll be designing and implementing activities that engage communities and partners and illuminate even the most serious issue, while learning facilitation tips and tricks for engaging diverse groups. There seems to be bad news around every corner.

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#SOCRMx – Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC. Week 1

Jenny Connected

I have been particularly interested in how the espoused principles for learning in these environments – autonomy, diversity, openness and connectedness – are experienced by participants. Source of image.

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