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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! Indeed! You see?

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. Many start with only a few years in mind and stay on for decades.

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Giving Up on Environmentalism

How to Save the World

All told, 2600 sq. So much for the idealism of the boomer generation. No matter the cost or the risk. Until we run out of everything. Are you kidding?

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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. Diversity will not be an issue. Registration. Registration for the course will be opened on April 23 rd. Assessment. Further Information.

Addressing Social Networking Gripes with Shared Value


No doubt! Calling it rather revealing, thought-provoking, mind-bloggling and sobering would probably fall short altogether. Ready? Spot on!

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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. News & Media

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. Enjoy.

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.” Managing the Community

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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. Collaboration Research & Science

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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.

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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 [.].

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.

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.”. 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. So I do.

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. It’s fair to say I’m a huge fan of Meetups. A lot.

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.

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. She wondered aloud how she would be able to implement it all. So how to begin?

Novell GroupWise 2012 Offers Enhanced Collaboration Capabilities

Portals and KM

The first question I had was the relationship between GroupWise, Pulse and Teaming. to really work. It comes with both GroupWise and Vibe. 

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!

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.) There are a few other events and meetings set up around these big drivers.

Blue Highways Quotes

Portals and KM

Spending a month on the Greek island of Samos, I have been thinking about travel writing. 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.

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?

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. Citizenship and democracy Social policy

Convo Provides New Web Version and Enhances Features

Portals and KM

Convo builds on the activity stream but adds additional features to enable more comprehensive collaboration. Convo actually did the reverse.  

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. And each year, there are as many losers as there are winners.


Chris Corrigan

A time of renewal of the spirit, for crossing thresholds, sustaining goodness and returning to life. And indeed we have that pleasant day today.

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. If you believe one, you may as well believe the other, and should therefore find the latest news heartily encouraging.

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.  

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.