Sat.Feb 11, 2012 - Fri.Feb 17, 2012

Crowdsourced Funding: How to ask for $75K but get $1.5million

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Casey Hopkins asked people to fund his new project to make a better dock for the iPhone. He wanted $75,000 he got $1.5 million. Kickstarter kicks ass. But how does one do that? How does one build a community that will give money to a project?

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A New MOOC for May/June – First Steps into Teaching in FE/HE

Jenny Connected

I have been invited to work with the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development to develop a short MOOC (4-6 weeks) for Educational Developers and all those interested in teaching and learning in Further and Higher Education. I will be working with Marion Waite and George Roberts, who has already started blogging about it here – [link]. This is an exciting project and I feel very fortunate to be part of the team.

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Wise Words from a Judge in New Zealand - for Young People and Adults

Michael Sampson - Currents

I shake my head in disbelief at some of the things judges say. but this hit the mark: " Northland College (NZ) principal John Tapene has offered the following words from a judge who regularly deals with youth. Always we hear the cry from teenagers 'What can we do, where can we go?'. My answer is, "Go home, mow the lawn, wash the windows, learn to cook, build a raft, get a job, visit the sick, study your lessons, and after you've finished, read a book.".

Global Mobile Awards

Nancy White

In less than two weeks, mobile leaders worldwide will be gathering in Barcelona for the GSMA Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile exhibition. An important part of this conference is the 17th annual Global Mobile Awards.

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Media and Mining vs Social Media and GetUp

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Lord Monckton told Mining executives to buy up big in Mining and use the Super Rich to exert control over media messages. Gina Rhinehart (mining family) has started buying up shares in Fairfax.

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Got a Rubbish website? Social Media evaluation – Special Offer – $1800

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Very very rare for me to blog about our special offers, whether it’s social media evaluation discounts or something else. I usually offer them through my fortnightly email newsletter ( signup form ). Anyway.

Don’t Mistake Platform Diversification for Platform Death (Long Term is Decades, Not Years)

Managing Communities

photo credit: aussiegall I know it is tough to look at things from a truly long term perspective, but you need to try. I’ve now been directly managing online communities for 12 years. I’ve been involved with moderation of communities for probably 14. And I’ve been on the web for 17 years. A long term [.]. Developing Your Community Thinking

The politics of implementation

Net-Map Toolbox

Tetanus vaccination - cost effective. but still, who's gonna pay for it? copyright hdptcar on flickr). Last week I went to an interesting event by the Society of International Development ( SID ) about innovative approaches in health system financing in developing countries. The speakers told us about new and more market oriented approaches, local experiences and international trends etc.

Collapse! The Game: Draft #2

How to Save the World

Back in December I posted the first draft of a new collaborative/cooperative game I have been designing for use in community-building, transition planning and resilience-building. I am pleased to present a second, more refined, somewhat simplified, and more complete draft.

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Speaking from Power in an Uncertain WorldCollaberwocky Episode 3

Evolving Web

Are you a manager trying to get by in a flat or agile company? Do you find the role of manager repeatedly maligned? This is more than just “It’s lonely in the middle.” There are significant positive shifts in making the workplace more productive, efficient and effective.

Flipped Classrooms - Use Classroom Time for Collaborative Interaction #collaboration #education

Michael Sampson - Currents

One principle of an effective meeting at work is to use face-to-face time for discussion, negotiation, and clarification - not for passing on the information.

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First Steps to Planning a MOOC

Jenny Connected

We started planning for this MOOC last week – I blogged about it here – [link]. There has already been a lot written about planning and running a MOOC. Stephen Downes has written a lot of blog posts about this and done many presentations. (See See for example, [link] ; [link] and [link] ). There is also the MOOC Guide Wiki – initiated by Inge de Waard. …. but there’s nothing quite like having to do it yourself for learning!

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Let’s Meet at South by Southwest Interactive 2012

Managing Communities

For the fifth consecutive year, I am fortunate enough to be speaking at South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, Texas. What’s different this year is that I will be on a panel for the first time, following two book readings, one Core Conversation (an audience focused presentation by 1 or 2 people) and one solo [.]. Press

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Facilitation Zen: Achieve more by doing less

Net-Map Toolbox

Will I eventually facilitate participatory group processes by inviting no-one to sit in a dark room and breathe with me? What will happen if you let things happen? picture by wrestlingentrophy on flickr). Well, not quite. But after my recent insight about getting more participants by inviting less people , today is all about getting more results by doing less.

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NewsGator Webinar - Nalco and Social

Michael Sampson - Currents

NewsGator is hosting a webinar in late February about how Nalco brought social approaches and technologies into their business operations: " As many of you know, implementing a social layer within a global company comes with both challenges and rewards. Join us for this one-hour webinar on Tuesday, February 28th at 2pm ET with Dan Flynn, Nalco’s Manager of Knowledge Management, as he explores the journey Nalco took to weave communities and a social layer into the fabric of their business.

Tweet Jam 2012: The State of the SharePoint Community

Portals and KM

Yesterday I sat in on the Tweet Jam 2012: The State of the SharePoint Community (#SPJam) hosted by Mark Fidelman (, It was sponsored by There was a group of invited panelists but anyone could participate. The panelists were: John Anderson (Bamboo Nation). Ant Clay (21 Apps). Dave Coleman (SharePointEduTech Ltd). Bjørn Furuknap (USPJ Academy). Michael Greth ( Richard Harbridge (Allin Consulting). Scot Hillier (Scot Hillier Technical Solutions, LLC).

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New data on neighbourliness


Rightmove ’s ‘ Happy at Home Index ’ for UK towns has received quite a bit of publicity, mostly pointing gleefully or disparagingly at towns regarded among the ‘happiest’ or ‘unhappiest’.

Addicted to knowing

Chris Corrigan

The Cynefin framework is helpful in making a distinction between the worlds of complicated problems and the worlds of complex ones. One simple distinction between these two worlds is the extent to which they can be known. In a complicated domain, the parameters of the problem can be known and several good practices can be hammered out, with largely knowable results.

FileTrek for File Sharing and Tracking

Michael Sampson - Currents

FileTrek announced the release of its new file sharing and tracking service , to support collaboration between people while honoring security and compliance needs: " FileTrek announced today the only combined cloud-based file sharing and tracking solution on the market. FileTrek is designed to allow secure file sharing, project collaboration, and the ability for managers to track content and data with enhanced compliance-friendly audit reporting.

Aligning Web Content Management with Digital Business Goals Inside and Outside the Enterprise

Portals and KM

Web content management has way gone beyond the Web 1.0 role of publishing Web pages. My friend Geoff Bock recently wrote an interesting post, Web content management's new role: Fueling digitally driven businesses , that address ways to move your use of Web content management into this century. As he writes, “To compete in the digital economy, we actually need to use content to power useful applications for the enterprise.

An Ant’s Eye Point-of-View: Exploration of Grassroots Efforts, Susan G. Komen, and SOPA

Ant's Eyeview Blog

Opinions, beliefs, and political views – we all have them, yet what happens when those lines begin to blur from a personal belief system to cloud the business waters of organizational decision-making? The recent attention given to the missteps of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the SOPA and PIPA demonstrations are a curious case study for understanding the power of community to rally public opinion and insight change.

High street blues


The government-led approach to regeneration through competitions and 'challenges' is becoming a flood-threatening piss-take. When I heard about the 'Portas pilots' - a scheme for twelve towns to bid to become 'areas with the vision and enthusiasm to breathe new life into what should be the beating heart of their communities' according to Grant Shapps - forget the dreadful rhetoric, I must have misread the amount available. Not unreasonably, I feel.

The new security at Logan--no more stocking feet soon, I hope!

Endless Knots

Delighted to report that on a recent trip out of Boston Logan Airport, the first checkpoint was completely different from how it's ever been. Instead of the guard taking my ID and passing some sort of space-age device over it, 9/11

Engaging and Supporting Community Champions

Portals and KM

Claire Flanagan provides an extremely useful and comprehensive set of advice in her post, Community Advocates Part Two: What Motivates Them? How Can You Reward Them? I will not repeat the details here and encourage you to read it in full.

Congres Intranet 2012 is Only a Month Away #intranets #utrecht

Michael Sampson - Currents

In a month I will be in Utrecht for Congres Intranet 2012. I will be speaking on making collaboration work in organizations, and how the Intranet can be used as part of this.

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Pubs and taverns


According to the Lost Pubs Project , in the UK pubs are currently closing at an accelerating rate of 50 each week. While there's been a fair amount of froth around parliament ( eg ), acknowledging the implications and condemning the tied pub model , there doesn't seem to have been much to challenge the trend. Apparently something similar has been happening in Chicago. This article suggests the problem is mainly down to the sheer bureaucratic awkwardness of getting a license.

Failure is an Option-Collaberwocky Episode 4

Evolving Web

The Lean Startup movement has focused considerable energy in the message that we learn from failures. Small, easily recoverable, failures can be invaluable in the success of a company. However, many ignore failure and focus on success.

My Favorite Tweets for February 1 - 15 2012

Portals and KM

Here is another in a series of posts that provide access to my favorite tweets that contain links to useful information.    Some of these I did to link to things I found useful and others are RTs that I want to save for the same reason. Since Twitter archiving is an oxymoron, I am now going to post my favorite links for the month so they can be easily accessed later. I spot tested the reduced shortened urls and they all should work. I hope this is also useful for you. 

Developing a Cultural Ethos of Collaboration - at The Smarter Office

Michael Sampson - Currents

Over on The Smarter Office blog, I published my latest post - Developing a Cultural Ethos of Collaboration : " In January I attended a major collaboration focused conference in the United States — IBM’s Lotusphere 2012.

BETREAT Early Bird Registration

Jenny Connected

There are just two more days to catch the early bird registration for BEtreat. There are three alternative types of BEtreat on offer, which I blogged about here. Last year only one was offered, which I attended face-to-face in California – a unique and unforgettable experience – and one I am still learning from. This year I have signed up for the Academic BEtreat as an online participant.

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The Language of ManagementCollaberwocky Episode 2

Evolving Web

In this episode of Collaberwocky, Jabe Bloom, Corey Ladas and I discuss “The Language of Management.”. It seems that different rungs of the corporate ladder come with different perspectives. None are complete and all have their own biases and areas of focus.

Photos of New Orleans Neighborhoods: Treme

Portals and KM

Here is another in my series on New Orleans neighborhoods taken in 2011. This post covers  Treme  located next to the French Quarter.

G-Shock Watch with Phone Integration #gshock #iphone

Michael Sampson - Currents

Casio announced (but hasn't yet released) a new watch that integrates with a phone via Bluetooth : " Your watch can vibrate when you get a call, text or e-mail and show the person’s name, even if your phone is in your purse or briefcase. The G-Shock can help you find a phone lost in your sofa by making it chirp loudly. It can also beep at you if you leave the phone behind in, say, a restaurant. This arrangement makes a huge amount of sense.

The Tyranny of Top Down.our most popular download for 2011

Governance in a Networked World