Sat.Apr 07, 2012 - Fri.Apr 13, 2012

Engineering Life Work Integration


I am sure that this may have just happened to everyone out there and on a rather regular basis, too! Specially, if you are a blogger!

Jet Vignettes: A Recommended Book for Every Airline Passenger

Portals and KM

Here is a book for everyone who flies, on a frequent or occasional basis. Jet Vignettes by Catherine Caldwell gives you an inside look at the life and work of flight attendants, written by a veteran flight attendant with 23 year in the business.

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Giving Up on Environmentalism

How to Save the World

I t’s been about 40 years since my first environmental activism, fighting against the Churchill River hydroelectric diversion in Northern Manitoba and the Mackenzie Valley Oil & Gas Pipelines through the pristine and fragile Canadian arctic to US markets.

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#fslt Expression of Interest and Assessment

Jenny Connected

Here is a bit more information about the First Steps into Learning and Teaching in Higher Education MOOC being planned by Oxford Brookes University to run from 21 st May to 22 nd June 2012. Expression of Interest. Quite a number of people have completed this online form – [link] and we already have a wonderful mix of people from all over the world interested in the MOOC. Diversity will not be an issue. Registration. Registration for the course will be opened on April 23 rd.

Addressing Social Networking Gripes with Shared Value


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Innovation and Learning Networks and Free Actors

Networking Action

The idea of “Free Actors in Networks” (FANs) is useful for any type of network , but arose with innovation and learning ones. A Dutch colleague, Eelke Wielinga , introduced me to the “FAN Approach” to network development that arose … Net Dev

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Ken Thompson's bioteams microblog

The Bumble Bee

You might not have noticed but a few weeks back I launched my bioteams microblog for short articles you can read in under a minute. It also suits me when I am travelling and want to post via mobile phone.

The Four Fold Practice

Chris Corrigan

This video on The Four-Fold Practice was made by Kevin McKeever for InCommons , the initaitve we were working with last month in Minnesota. This video really captures why we feel that this simple four folded practice lies at the heart of what the Art of Hosting is.

It’s Not Good Enough for Your Community Guidelines to Say “Don’t Be a Jerk!”

Managing Communities

photo credit: rsgranne I run into people who say that the guidelines for your community don’t need to be anything more than “don’t be a jerk.” ” Unfortunately, this isn’t the most efficient use of guidelines and, even if you think it works for you, it likely doesn’t work as well as having a simple, though [.]. Managing the Community

Building on Traditional Ways of Knowledge Sharing

Portals and KM

In the small Greek town I am living in this month, there is a central square, like many other such squares in many other villages in Greece and elsewhere. Here is where knowledge has been exchanged for some time and continues to be shared.  Some of this is obtained by simple observation as I see differences many days just passing through it.

PathXL: Leading Edge Digital Collaboration in Pathology

The Bumble Bee

The boundaries of digital collaboration extend way beyond document sharing and communications.

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Changing attitudes to leadership

Jenny Connected

Dr Martha Cleveland-Innes asks ( in changeMooc ) this week – ‘Who needs leadership?’. Who needs leadership mooc. View more PowerPoint from martic. This was a thoughtful presentation. I liked the measured pace and the challenge to traditional ways of thinking about leadership.

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If Your Block Feature Tells People I’ve Blocked Them, I’m Not Using It

Managing Communities

photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography I have been thinking a bit about the design of the block feature on some platforms. Let’s take Twitter as an easy example. When you block someone on Twitter, they don’t notify the person you block, meaning that they don’t specifically send them a message. But, when the person notices [.]. Developing Your Community Thinking

Thoughts on leadership

Viv Mcwaters

Everybody has a view on leadership. I’m wary of anyone who says they have figured out the 5 things that great leaders do or the 7 things that great leaders never do etc. The internet is full of these sorts of posts. It seems no matter what else we say, we humans like lists, and we like them even more when someone else does the work for us. I could easily spin off on a post about lists – maybe another day.

The Tiger Woods Effect

Evolving Web

“What metric are you using to incentivize your people to perform?”. Every day we compile who processed the most orders, the winners are broadcast every day – as are the losers.”. Hmm, and how is that working.”. People love it, they are all working as hard as they can to process orders.”. It didn’t take long to verify that, rather than creating an environment to process orders, it instead had fostered an environment where everyone was angry. High performers thought low performers were lazy.

The New Newtonville Books!

Endless Knots

photo from Newtonville Books website -- thanks Like many others who live on my side of this lovely metropolis, I was sad to learn that our beloved Newtonville Books, the last independent bookstore in Newton, was decamping to Newton Centre. Books Newton, Mass, USA Publishing


How to Save the World

(just for fun, a repost of story I wrote in January 2009). cartoon by charles barsotti; purchase his work here. Y ou say you want it fixed. It is not good enough, you say, it does not work the way it was supposed to, the way it was advertised to work. It does not meet your expectations.

Meetings or Meetups?

Viv Mcwaters

After September 11 in 2001 in New York strangers started saying hello to each other. There was a yearning for community, says Matt Meeker, co-founder of Meetup. Today facilitates off-line group meetings on any imaginable topic, now in 101 countries. I’m new to Meetups. I participate in two Meetup Groups in Melbourne: The Creative Performance Exchange and The Collaboratory Melbourne. I have met the most amazing, talented and inspirational people, and learnt so much from them.

What's the Key to Successful Adoption of "Social Business"?

Michael Sampson - Currents

At the Unified Communications Expo in London in early March, IBM asked six experts for their views on what it takes to achieve successful adoption. Here's their responses. User Adoption

How to make a learning journey

Chris Corrigan

Yesterday I was giving a webinar and talking about some core Art of Hosting practices. We spent a while covering the four fold practice and then looked at the way in which various archetypal organizational paradigms play out in different organizational settings.

Novell GroupWise 2012 Offers Enhanced Collaboration Capabilities

Portals and KM

I have written about Novell products before, including Novell Pulse and Novell Teaming , and was pleased to recently speak with Kari Woolf, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Novell GroupWise and Dean Lythgoe, Director, Product Management, Novell Collaboration Solutions.

Sharing the love

Viv Mcwaters

Looking forward to this Creative Performance Exchange Meetup: reflections of a roving facilitator , on May 3. And this, In the Minds of Entrepeneurs; The Playful Entrepeneurs on May 10. Would love to see you there. Sharing the love is a post from: Share this on Facebook. Share this on LinkedIn. Email this to a friend? Tweet This! Related posts: Meetings or Meetups? After September 11 in 2001 in New York strangers started.

Design Guidelines to Address Global Challenges: Lessons from Global Action Networks

Networking Action

(Forthcoming). Design Guidelines to Address Global Challenges: Lessons from Global Action Networks. Organizational Design. Abstract : Traditional organizations appear incapable of adequately addressing critical global issues such as war, climate change, and inequality. Addressing these issues suggests the … Published Articles

Coming Up Over the Next Two Weeks - Seattle and Atlanta

Michael Sampson - Currents

I've been quiet here for the past 10 days, because I've been completing the final preparation for my trip to the United States, which starts on Monday. (I I have also been working on a couple of posts for The Smarter Office blog, but they haven't been published yet.) When I get to the United States and into the flow of my schedule, my blogging here will pick up. There are two specific reasons for my visit to the US: - a private user adoption workshop with a client in Seattle. -

Blue Highways Quotes

Portals and KM

Spending a month on the Greek island of Samos, I have been thinking about travel writing. On the left you see the view from the top of a mountain I went to with some Samos guys in a jeep today. There was a little Greek church on the top.

The Person I Wish Corporations Would Be

Hildy Gottlieb

Listening to yet another pundit on yet another soapbox about corporate personhood today, I found myself talking back to the television. The real issue isn’t that corporations are people,” I told the guy on the screen. “It’s It’s that sometimes they are really crappy people.”.

Can you make amends?

Chris Corrigan

What is it like to make amends? Can you find a reason to apologize to someone? What does that take in you? I apologized to someone today for an unwise speech act. I did it because these two – my partner and son – among other on my home island matter to me.

Local people defending the public realm? Deny them access to toilets!


Here’s a torrid story told by Adam Langleben of how one council – the infamous Barnet council in north London – chose to behave corporately in the face of a few residents seeking to defend their local library against a devious closure tactic. The officials’ sense of exclusive ownership over the property, including toilets, water and electricity supplies, shows a remarkably weak grasp of the notion of a public building.

Convo Provides New Web Version and Enhances Features

Portals and KM

I have written about Convo before under its old name (see - Convofy Enables Comprehensive Collaboration Through Enterprise Social Networking ) and am also a user at both Darwin Ecosystems and the Merced Group.

An Ant’s Eye Point-of-View: Retrospective of April Fools’ Day in Social Media

Ant's Eyeview Blog

The April Fools’ Day ritual of making your friends believe something outrageously untrue has certainly changed when introduced into digital communities. A tradition once reserved for the inner circle of friends, has now been adapted for the status update, webpage and YouTube video. For some April Fools’ is just not the same in digital form as TechCrunch wrote, the Internet has all but killed the tradition.


Chris Corrigan

A time of renewal of the spirit, for crossing thresholds, sustaining goodness and returning to life. The weather has been glorious over the past couple of days and yesterday Caitlin organized a trip into Vancouver for our little local improv group.

Who’s next door?


I’ve been passed a press release from announcing research which finds that 26 per cent of people in the UK don't know the name of their next door neighbour. The Scotsman has taken up the news here. Just to offer a little perspective, a survey for Aviva Norwich Union in 2006 offered a whopping 55 per cent for this question (and no data to back it up there either).

Remembering Ray Charles

Portals and KM

Yesterday, I wrote about Elvis so I need to give equal time to Ray today. It has been almost eight years since he passed. Ray was a major music figure during my high school years in the early 60s. We used to sing Ray Charles songs, like “ Georgia of My Mind ,” on the bus and his dance music, like “What’d I Say,” got top play at parties. Later, in 1968, I saw him perform on a Sunday afternoon as the headliner of the day at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Remembering When I First Heard Elvis

Portals and KM

I was thinking about Elvis the other day as I listened again to some of his early songs. He recorded his first song “That’s All Right” on July 5, 1954. The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock and Roll credits him as the first rock and roll star, which is a fair statement. Elvis, himself, said that he was just part of a movement. First song was a cover and initially recorded in 1946 by Arthur Crudup who did a very rocking version eight years earlier than Elvis.