March, 2017

The power of silent learners

Jenny Connected

This week I attended a webinar which focussed on silent learners. Thank you to Martina Emke for drawing this webinar to my attention. The title immediately resonated as recently I have found myself increasingly troubled by the constant noise of the online environment.

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Mapping the community networks of Centres of Expertise: the “Rotterdam Connections”

Making CommunitySense

My community mapping work is taking off. I have been very busy with it, and have had little time to share the stories recently. Upcoming a series of blog posts introducing some of the very interesting mapping projects I have been doing since last year.

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Trending Sources

Systems Change Funding

Networking Action

Wondering how grantmaking can be more systemic and transformative? A great Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide helps answer that question. Although aimed for grantmakers, it’s also valuable for donor agencies and those applying for funding. The guide is the product of … Net Dev

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Container Homes

Michael Sampson - Currents

New Zealand is suffering a housing crisis in many of its cities – the cost of buying a first home have skyrocketed over the past couple of decades since my wife and I first purchased a place to live.

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Group Process Design Principles in Times of Turbulance

Full Circle Associates

Ready for a thinking ramble? Payoff isn’t until the end. Fair warning! I have found myself pointing to Donella Meadows’ “ Leverage Places: Where to Intervene in a System ” more and more these days.

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More Trending

Two Great Systems Change Resource

Networking Action

While the US is mired in self-conscious political quagmire, Europeans continue to make impressive contributions to large systems change (LSC) knowledge. This week I’ve looked at two documents that deepen understanding about, and strategic guidance for, LSC. The first is … Net Dev

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Norway’s Ship Tunnel

Michael Sampson - Currents

A few years ago I was visiting Oslo to present a series of workshops, and on one evening one of my hosts drove me into the city centre for a meal out. I was intrigued by the underground/through-the-water tunnels that we drove through.

Lessons from VizEd Vancouver

Full Circle Associates

The fabulous Tracy Kelly of BC Campus invited me north to Vancouver to co-facilitate two workshops, one on graphic facilitation in higher education (“ VizEd “), and the second a larger team collaborative Liberating Structures 2 day immersion workshop.

2017 23

Blog>> Survey on Knowledge Audits

Green Chameleon

I’m currently working on a book about knowledge audits and knowledge mapping. I’d like to get a better sense of the variety of understandings of knowledge audits that exists out in the professional community. Here’s a short survey that should take between 10 and 20 minutes of your time – do take it, and recommend it to others. Responses are anonymous, but if you leave your email address, I will share the survey results when completed. Thank you!

Painting of Live Oak, City Park, New Orleans

Portals and KM

Here is a 16" x 20" oil painting of a Live Oak in City Park, New Orleans completed on site. The tree is easily several hundred years old. 

2017 21

How AI Can Help Solve The Biggest Problem With Crowdsourcing

Online Community Strategy

The concept of engaging “the Crowd” through digital platforms has been around for some time.

The Path to 2030

Networking Action

What are the trends that will influence our ability to realize the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030? This was the question that I was asked to address in a keynote to the annual meeting of the Global Donor Platform for … Net Dev

2017 27

No Laptop Onboard. Now What?

Michael Sampson - Currents

Almost a decade ago I wrote about my mobile office using an iPAQ 212 and foldable Bluetooth keyboard.

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Responding to Clark Quinn: Technology or preparation? 

Full Circle Associates

Clark Quinn has a great provocation on his blog today. I ‘ll share a quote, then reply. So, many of the things we’re doing are driven by bad implementation.

A Systematic Guide to Collaboration and Competition in Organizations

The Bumble Bee

I am delighted to announce my new book " A Systematic Guide to Collaboration and Competition in Organizations ". Team Leadership Development

Painting of a Douglas SBD Dauntless World War Two Museum

Portals and KM

Here is a 16" x 20" acrylic painting of a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber. This one is hanging at the World War Two Museum in New Orleans. 

2017 11

Links of the Quarter: March 2017

How to Save the World

T he events of the last three months have made it increasingly clear that we’re well into the first wave of global industrial civilization’s collapse.

Every herring is a word

Chris Corrigan

Yesterday I spent most of the day honouring people who have worked for decades to preserve and grow the Skwxu7mesh language. I’m on the advisory board of an organization called Kwi Awt Stelmexw , which supports Skwxumesh language learning and fluency.

Weaponised Devices

Michael Sampson - Currents

On just about every flight I’ve taken recently, a voice from the front of the plane has read a statement to the effect of: “ The United States Federal Aviation Authority has limited the carriage of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device.

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Lessons from a Crazy MAFN Multi-Sensory Webinar

Full Circle Associates

Warning: Long post suitable for process geeks and lovers of detail. The rest of you might want to skip to the bottom and download the annotated slides PDF! For the last few years I’ve enjoyed presenting a 90 minute synchronous session for the Mid Atlantic Facilitators Network , or MAFN.

San Francisco

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last month I flew to San Francisco for a week of meetings. My new colleagues at Silverside were coming across for a conference the week of February 20, so we split the distance and met half way. We held three days of planning meetings for 2017 and then did the conference thing; me for one day, and the others for the full three days. Some comments about San Francisco and the time there: 1. Mixed Remote and In-Person Meetings.

Laptops in Checked-In Luggage

Michael Sampson - Currents

It’s a common question: Can I pack my laptop in checked-in luggage? The general consensus is “ no.”

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Enterprise Collaboration TechFest – Melbourne (June 2017)

Michael Sampson - Currents

The Eventful Group is hosting the second Enterprise Collaboration TechFest in Australia in June. It has recently published the research document that summarises the key themes from its research roundtable discussions : 2017 Themes. Starting with the Why – Delivering Business Value.

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When Death Rushes Up

Michael Sampson - Currents

This is not a good way to greet the morning. Some words of tribute from afar … When death rushes up, We meet it as we are. For some it comes swiftly, from the metal of a car. For others the knife wounds, from the assailant himself. For others death is stayed by the new bridge leap repertoire.

2017 25

Highlights Reel

Michael Sampson - Currents

Earlier this decade I met a friend for breakfast, and he proceeded to tell me an idea for an ambitious project. I had some doubts about the efficacy of the idea, but he lined up the support required and pushed go. And started working. And working. And struggling. And wrestling.

2017 25

Rain

Michael Sampson - Currents

We’ve had a drought in the part of New Zealand I live in. There’s been little rain for months, and the ground has shown the lack thereof. But it started raining – thankfully – last week, which has been good for Canterbury, but has had a less ideal response up north.

2017 25

Painting of a New Orleans Brass Band Sousaphone Player

Portals and KM

Here is a 18" x 24" acrylic painting of a sousaphone player in a brass band that accompanied the Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line in New Orleans on February 5. I also recently did a painting of a high school band member who plays the sousaphone.

2017 11

New Orleans High School Sousaphone Player

Portals and KM

Here is a 18" x 24" acrylic painting of a sousaphone player in a high school band that accompanied the Treme Sidewalk Steppers second line in New Orleans on February 5. I also did a painting of a brass band member who plays the sousaphone.

2017 11

Logitech Spotlight

Michael Sampson - Currents

As a frequent presenter of workshops and other meetings involving slides, the Logitech Professional Presenter R700 has been my traveling companion on many, many trips.

2017 10

Painting of a North American P - 51 Mustang World War Two Museum

Portals and KM

Here is a 16" x 20" acrylic painting of a North American P - 51 Mustang. This one is hanging at the World War Two Museum in New Orleans. It is painted in the colors of the Tuskegee airmen. 

Evaluation Session Capture [Flickr]

Full Circle Associates

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Day One Capture [Flickr]

Full Circle Associates

Choconancy1 posted a photo: ngf graphicfacilitation ingeneas zambia

Purpose to Practice [Flickr]

Full Circle Associates

Choconancy1 posted a photo: ngf liberating structures

Event: Preparing Teachers of Refugees

Full Circle Associates

Diana Woolis, a friend and colleague at the Carey Institute for Global Good is convening an online event that begins soon and culminates on March 14-16. It will focus on preparing teachers of refugees.