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.

The Hazards of Groups and Group Work

Jenny Connected

Last week I came across this fun video, which caused me to reflect once again on the potential problems of groups and group work, both on and offline. First I noted that all members of the group look very much alike, almost like clones of each other. Diversity is in short supply.

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.

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. All the other MOOCs I have participated in have attracted groups in which similarities can easily be seen, i.e. mostly from academic backgrounds or interested in e-learning technologies.

Definitions, diversity, emergent learning and responsibility in MOOCs

Jenny Connected

Already in ChangeMOOC we have seen a discussion growing, both in the Research Group and in some people’s blogs ( Frances Bell , Glen Cochrane ) – around the questions: What is a MOOC? Add to this problem, the diversity of people who are reading/using the definition and we get yet more interpretations. And we must remember that diversity is a key principle of MOOCs, so we can’t ignore it. individuals working as a group.

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.

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?

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The Messiness of Rhizomatic Learning – Words Steal My Intent

Jenny Connected

Jaap Bosman questions whether participants of a MOOC are a group and therefore is there a need for group roles (e.g. If the participants of a mooc are (part of) rhizome, group roles are life functions of the rhizome? Does a healthy cMOOC need ‘group roles’?

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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. This week there is a huge diversity of questions.

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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.) tend to claim that they are less effective and efficient than more homogeneous groups. Apparently it doesn’t make them happier but more effective.

Unity in diversity


The purpose was to acknowledge the achievement of five years of work on small community groups, under the ‘ Below the radar ’ banner; and the near-promise of further funding to continue this valuable work.

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. This week there is a huge diversity of questions.

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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.

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.

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.  So it could be argued that these groups have less need for a structured form of neighbourhood network.

Can You Back Up Facebook Relationships?

Online Social Networking

Just as an example, we might start groups on LinkedIn and invite fellow Facebook group members to join these groups. We might instead choose a Ning social network or a Ning group within a particular Ning social network , etc.

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. Dachis Group :: Collaboratory.

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. It helps that we are planning to teach a small group (up to 12 participants) with two trainers.

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What facilitators do for a group – a work in progress

Viv Mcwaters

What they are often asking for are fail-safe approaches to get pre-determined outcomes from diverse groups. I sometimes explore what facilitators CAN do for a group. So here’s the old list: Provides processes that enable groups to do their best thinking. There’s no one right process – facilitators clarify what the group needs to do and selects appropriate processes that enable everyone to contribute and to reach a conclusion in the time available.

cMOOCs and xMOOCs – key differences

Jenny Connected

cMOOCs are based on networked cooperation rather than group collaboration – (See Downes on Groups and Networks ). cMOOCs promote diversity , the kind of diversity that comes with a mesh network.

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). Interrelationships between all publications by group and keyword.

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The Optimal Size of Groups

How to Save the World

BLOG The Optimal Size of Groups. C hristopher Allen of the Life With Alacrity blog has expanded his articles on group size, with an article on community sizes and another on personal circle sizes.

Against gentrification: the Siege of the Elephant


Southwark Notes Archive Group. Cohesion and diversity Governance and participation Space and placeare 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.

Twitter's Group Mind - echo chamber or gestalt?

Social Abacus

Dan Wegner is the brilliant psychologist who devoted much of his time in the mid-80's to crack the code on transactive memory -- transforming people's perception of a "group mind" from a term associated with blind herd mentality to one that takes into account the complex gestalt of a group. Another way of thinking about this is whether the group mind of Twitter is an echo chamber of bandwagoning or a rich social network that, in Wegner's words "transcends [such] uniform agreement."

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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Stop Blaming the Tools when Collaboration Fails


And, finally, how about if we shift gears and realise that different people have got different needs and wants based on the context and interactions at play for the different outcomes they may want to execute on, whether individually or in groups?

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CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

They value their collective competence and learn from each other, even though few people outside the group may value or even recognize their expertise. I have one group in where there is a connection, but there is still different understandings about the domain.

The Fence of Fear

Full Circle Associates

I have been afraid to be “unknowing” and vulnerable when facilitating groups, but those have often been pivotal moments. (By But fear within groups and between members has never shown up generatively. It seems to create tight fences between individuals in the group.

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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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CoP Series #3: Community – without people? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Virginia Yonkers on 30 Sep 2008 at 4:36 am So my question to you is, do you think people create their own “communities&# or are communities developed by the group that individuals can then join? How do you distinguish a “community&# over a “group&# or “organization&# ?

Column 2 : Enterprise 2.0: Group Intelligence Panel

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Group Intelligence Panel Luis Solis of GroupSystems moderated a panel on Group Intelligence Across the Enterprise: 5 Keys to Success, with David Marshak of the Unified Communications & Collaboration group at IBM , Alex Pentland of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence and John Abele of Boston Scientific. Their intranet allows people to join groups that are geographic- or interest-based, then use that to harness the community knowledge.

Continuing My Ecocycle Experimentation

Full Circle Associates

My wonderful client, Jacqui Ashby trusted me to use many of the Liberating Structures with the group. After some discussion, many groups identified this as a rich area of potential and possibility, the space of innovation and renewal.

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Strategic engagement – with snakes, elephants, baboons, mosquitos and meercats

Net-Map Toolbox

Build diverse coalitions: Diverse power sources, diverse motivations, shared goals. By grouping our stakeholders according to their influence and their relationship to our goal, we became much more specific when developing engagement strategies.

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From intuition to knowing for sure: a case of applying learning analytics at course level

Joitske Hulsebosch

You can observing interactions and sense the group's enthousiasme. A group of enthusiastic participants began to emerge as a core group. This group was also very visible to us and we had them 'spotted'.

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Two Leadership Rules for the Networked World

Partnering Resources

She’s charged with heading a matrixed, multi-national group of people who don’t report to her. Olivia realized that her group needed a different kind of leadership. The project was too complex, the people too diverse, and the environment too volatile to manage using the old ways.

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How does the ModPo MOOC enable or create a community?

Jenny Connected

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly. This is true of ModPo – there is plenty of ‘passion for poetry’ in the forums and webinars, in the Facebook group and even on Twitter.

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Elinor Ostrom’s 8 Principles for Managing A Commmons – Words to Live By

Full Circle Associates

The work of Elinor Ostrom comes up again and again as I engage with people from different parts of my diverse network. 8 Principles for Managing a Commons Define clear group boundaries.

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How to be a great community manager

John Tropea - Delicious Community

James Caan CBE Influencer CES, A Guiding Light Into The Future Of Marketing Tom Goodwin 4 Managerial Tips That Will Make You More Innovative Ilya Pozin Influencer Finding diversity in America’s most segregated city Olivia Barrow I Know You Love Me — Now Let Me Die Louis M.

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