December, 2016

Stop Blaming the Tools when Collaboration Fails


. We, human beings, seem to always be very keen on blaming the tools (and technology, in general, for that matter) whenever things just don’t work out all right , specially, in the collaboration space. Apparently, it is way easier to blame them (or others!),

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Business Models for Global Transformation Networks

Networking Action

What are the business models for Global Action Networks (GANs) – global multi-stakeholder change networks like the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Transparency International (TI) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP)? That was the question addressed by a new report for … Net Dev

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A-Z of authors I have learned from this year

Jenny Connected

To follow my last post – A-Z of my year – I have been thinking about my reading this year. Unlike the last one, this A-Z is not a complete list. For some letters of the alphabet there is more than one author. For others, there are none.

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Happy Holidays: Free download of Digital Habitats!

Digital Habitats

It is hard to believe we finished “ Digital Habitat: Stewarding technology for communities ” back in 2009. 7 years later the book is still selling on Amazon (amazing! grateful!). Etienne Wenger, John D. Smith and I wrote the book to help you support your communities.

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Re-Imagining Grocery Shopping – the Video on Amazon Go

Michael Sampson - Currents

More from Amazon on its new Amazon Go grocery concept store. And Larry at ZDNet contemplates the implications of Go for various sectors. Re-Imagining Effective Work

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Mad Old Gitesse Syndrome

Jenny Connected

This post has been sparked by an article in The Times Higher Education (Dec 8 th , 2016) – ‘What does retirement mean for academics’ , in which Lincoln Allison , Eric Thomas and Richard Larschan reflect on ‘the next phase’ of scholarly life. Having recently entered my eight decade it is perhaps not surprising that this article caught my attention. Being this age several of my friends and family are ‘retired’.

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Happy Holidays: Free Digital Versions of Digital Habitats!

Full Circle Associates

It is hard to believe we finished “ Digital Habitat: Stewarding technology for communities ” back in 2009. 7 years later the book is still selling on Amazon (amazing! grateful!). Etienne Wenger, John D. Smith and I wrote the book to help you support your communities.


Digital Workplace Predictions for 2017 – by Paul Miller

Michael Sampson - Currents

Writing on the Digital Workplace Group blog, Paul shares his ten predictions for digital workplaces in 2017. One in particular has been a focus of mine for the past decade: 2. Focus shifts from “firing up tech” to changing behaviour and culture. This is a striking change that we in the Digital Workplace Group have seen strongly in 2016.

And that’s a wrap!

Viv Mcwaters

We wish you a fabulous festive season, and a happy healthy, and above all, playful 2017. Related posts: Creative Facilitation training Johnnie and I made this little video that describes our. YARPP powered by AdBistro Powered by. General

Unlocking Civilisation Type 1 Through An Open Mind


. Today is my last working day of 2016, before I go offline ( from work ) for my winter holidays till mid January next year. Somewhere in between, I don’t know just yet when, there will be a major announcement coming through that will explain what I will be doing throughout 2017 and beyond.

115 Must Know Facts about Social Media

Networking Action

Social media is an increasingly important change tool. I was sent this very interesting infographic that summarizes nicely some important social media qualities. Source: Skilled … Net Dev

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Help us co-design a Living Lab to show #thewayahead for London’s civil society

Social Reporter

Recently I’ve been writing at about a major initiative from London Funders, called The Way Ahead. Here’s some reference to TWA.

The happy selfscanner: lessons about introducing new technologies

Joitske Hulsebosch

My supermarket introduced self-scanners. I'm not someone who is at the forefront of any new technology. For instance I'm secretly against the microwave. Yet I've thrown myself into the self-scan adventure because it seemed a good experience.

A-Z of my year

Jenny Connected

At this time of year my cousin sends me an A-Z of her year on a long slip of bright yellow paper inserted in a Christmas card. It is lovely to receive and in just a minute or so I have a very good idea of what her year has entailed and what her numerous interests are.

Imagine if you were the type of leader YOU would want to follow

Viv Mcwaters

Fancy three days of fun, engaging learning on a theme of leading creative teams? Johnnie and I are bringing our Creative Leadership workshop to Melbourne, February 7th to 9th. Here’s some reflections from those who came to this workshop in Cambridge earlier this year.

La Tapita Los Jose’s – ¡Viva La Tapa!


Download our book for free

Learning Alliances

It is hard to believe we finished “ Digital Habitat: Stewarding technology for communities ” back in 2009 (after working on it off and on for 5 years). Seven years later the book is still selling on Amazon. And we hear that people still actually use it, even though the whole technology ecology has changed so much. . As of December 2016, we have decided to make the full publication available FREE! So now you have the following electronic options. But feel free to keep buying too!).


Blog>> Straits Knowledge Newsletter December 2016

Green Chameleon

Our end of year newsletter with updates of what we are up to, and upcoming events in 2017 is now out!

A new focus for my blog: the new social learning

Joitske Hulsebosch

In 2005 I started this blog around communities of practices. It was a great way to investigate, learn and share my steep learning curve about communities online. I still love to work with communities (facilitate the LOSmakers), but somehow my work has become much wider.

BlueJeans Huddle

Michael Sampson - Currents

BlueJeans Network announced the introduction of BlueJeans Huddle, a new way of setting up meeting rooms for video conferencing: The BlueJeans Huddle system is a combination of standard hardware and BlueJeans proprietary software that can turn any room into an interactive meeting space for a fraction of the cost of legacy in-room systems. Currently an average of eight to 15 minutes of every video meeting is wasted getting participants connected.

Links of the Quarter: December 2016

How to Save the World

Ironic search result from the website. As they say “The paradox is that the ‘me’ cannot help but search, but what it’s looking for, a return to oneness, can never be found by the separate self.

What’s in a Name?


. . Why is it so difficult to change the title of your own personal business blog, specially, after such a long time? I mean, really, I’ve now been blogging for over 14 years and I still find it quite a challenge every time I decide to change the name of my own.

A Syrian voice and a small slice of peace

Chris Corrigan

In 2014 I ran an Art of Hosting training in Istanbul with a number of friends.

Calma Chicha – Where Chill Out Meets Unconventional Contemporary Spanish Cuisine


. ‘Calma chicha’, as you may well know, would literally translate into dead calm , you know, when there are no waves, nor wind and everything out there in the ocean is completely dead still, either ahead of a typical storm or right after.

My Top 5 iOS Apps of the Week – Week #12


Samsara – A Treat to All Senses


My Top 5 iOS Apps of the Week – Week #11


. Week #11 of the series of My Top 5 iOS Apps of the Week blog posts and it seems as if it was just yesterday when I was sharing my first entry over here of recommended iOS apps.

Online facilitation inspired by car dealers

Joitske Hulsebosch

We have recently bought a different car, a used car. We started with a search on the Internet. Then we went one afternoon to some dealers to watch the cars. We met the first salesman there. Fortunately he fully matched my preconceptions of a car salesman :).

Re-Imagining Grocery Shopping

Michael Sampson - Currents

Amazon is experimenting with a grocery store with no checkout lines or counters: E-commerce giant Amazon has opened a bricks-and-mortar grocery store in Seattle without lines or checkout counters, kicking off new competition with supermarket chains. Amazon Go, the online shopping giant’s new 167-square-metre store, uses sensors to detect what shoppers have picked off the shelf and bills it to their Amazon account if they do not put it back.

Cognitive Analysis for Sentiment of Project Reports – Level35 and IBM Watson

Michael Sampson - Currents

Level35 provides a cloud-based project portfolio management platform.

Imagining the Unimaginable

How to Save the World

image by Przemyslaw Puchalski at ; licence: Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. A few days ago I received a message from Transition Network co-founder Rob Hopkins saying he’d enjoyed my 2013 post about imagination.

Gabi’s Letter

How to Save the World

Dear, sweet Ren, I hope you slept well last night 8-).


How to Save the World

I ‘ve been hosting my two wonderful friends from Peak Moment TV , Janaia and Robin, for the past few days, and mentioned to them the strange paradox of becoming increasingly ‘self’-aware, but only until/unless my ‘self’ falls away and this is no longer useful.

What Motivates the Self?

How to Save the World

N on-dualists talk about the hopelessness of striving for liberation from one’s self, which some call ‘enlightenment’; it will happen, or it won’t, they say, and if it happens, it will be realized (by no one ) that the self never was real.