How self-organization works: short form

Chris Corrigan

A small elevator speech I shared on the OSLIST yesterday: Self organization works by a combination of attractors and boundaries. Attractors are things that draw components of a system towards themselves (gravity wells, a pile of money left on the ground, an invitation).

I Don’t Build Addictive, Habit-Forming Online Communities

Managing Communities

Please Update Your RSS Feed Subscription This feed has moved to: [link] I apologize for the trouble. For more details, please read my post on the matter. Thank you. Community Cultivation

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Teams, communities and networks in terms of communication forms


One of the things I came up when playing with different ideas was to position teams, communities and networks in respect to the most prevalent forms of communication in each case (in all cases the other forms of communication are there as well, but are not at the core of it).

How Individual Morals Are Formed by Communities | IdeaFeed | Big Think

John Tropea - Delicious Community

How Individual Morals Are Formed by Communities. Despite the legal emphasis our society places on individual responsibility, moral codes are actually formed by entire communities, says science writer Michael Shermer. How Individual Morals Are Formed by Communities.

Adding email notification to Google Forms and Google Spreadsheets

Learning Alliances

Here’s a picture of what it does: Adding email notifications to a Google Form and a Google Spreadsheet. sends a version of the "row snapshot" below to the person who completed the Google Form and to a designated list of other people. *.

BAN FORMS! IT just can't keep up with business networks

Governance in a Networked World

Have you ever been frustrated by being asked to fill in a form where the requesting organisation already has most if not all of the information being requested on one of their systems somewhere?


"The world's most powerful form of networking"

Endless Knots

On this, Memorial Day, take a look at the expanded points of the "most powerful form of networking" from Joshua at Design Pepper , which I ran across thanks to one of the newest forms, which I'm loathe to call networking at all because in truth it's merely linking and clicking. The oldest, most powerful form of networking in the world: genuine friendship.

Those close by, form a Tie

TNT - The Network Thinker

Both sets of research support what I have observed in social network analysis projects: those close by, form a tie -- and as a result get things done. Birds of a feather flock together. so do entrepreneurs.

Knowledge Jolt with Jack: There are many forms of network

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network KM

There are many forms of network In Turning Informal Networks into Formal Ones Craig Roth talks about the latest in a McKinsey Quarterly "series" on collaboration, Harnessing the power of informal employee networks by McKinsey consultants Lowell Bryan, Eric Matson, and Leigh Weiss.

Inactive democracy was always a bad idea: street reps and new forms of governance


I spent the whole of yesterday afternoon in a traditional oak panelled, leather-benched council chamber in Shipley, Yorkshire, with a group of practitioners discussing their work with street reps across the district. Symbolically, the room was dilapidated and its pomp had been subjected to un-ceremonial uses. Conceptually, the meeting served to accentuate the anachronistic surroundings, exposing many of the issues of our accelerating transition from the age of authority.

Snippets - Communities of Practice are self-forming and operating units are not.

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Communities of Practice are self-forming and operating units are not… Q: Would you include project teams or operating units as communities of practice (CoPs)? Communities form around people who share a common specialty, interest, or concern. Project teams and operating units share some characteristics, but they are not self-forming. How can we put this succinctly: CoPs are self-forming and operating units are not. Archive. /. Snippets.

CoP 0

i went through a gruelling emotional journey and all i got was this lousy evalution form

Engineers without Fears

Evaluation forms are rarely for facilitators or participants in the room. Viv's antipathy to evaluation forms reminds me of Johnnie's dislike of action item lists & flip-chart write-ups. I don't mind evaluation forms & action item lists. I was a witness (& sparing contributor) to the "happy sheet" debate that Viv describes. Evaluation is a tricky thing. And is carried out for many purposes. They are artifacts for those that weren't there.

Naming & Shaming Channel 7 on Facebook

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

News-gathering in its traditional form is finished. Corporate Karma is immediate & irrevocable. Transparency & accountability arent just nice to haves they are part of every day reality. I will let this poor mother speak for herself.

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CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Sep 12 2008 CoP Series #2: What the heck is a Domain and why should I care?

Collaborative Thinking: Lotusphere 2008: Unified Communications & Collaboration Keynote

Collaborative Thinking

E L S U A ~ A KM Blog by Luis Suarez " Blog Archive " Social Media Today - The Art and Science of Forming Successful Online Communities

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Social Media Today - The Art and Science of Forming Successful Online Communities By Luis (tags: collaboration community) [.]

The 3 Principles That Make Truly Great Tech Support Forums

Managing Communities

photo credit: @boetter Support forums exist for seemingly every form of popular technology and even for most forms of less popular and mainstream technology. They can be dedicated to specific trades or areas of knowledge, to specific brands and products and more. From web hosting to consumer electronics, from official communities to unofficial ones, support [.]. Interacting with Users Managing the Community

Enterprise Collaboration TechFest – Melbourne (June 2017)

Michael Sampson - Currents

These topics form the basis for designing the conference schedule/agenda. The Eventful Group is hosting the second Enterprise Collaboration TechFest in Australia in June.

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Crafting Research

Jenny Connected

Maybe it’s simply that Starling deconstructs familiar things to recreate them in different forms? This seminar that I attended last week on crafting research was very interesting.

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Green Chameleon » It Ain’t Over Till the Fat Wiki Sings

Green Chameleon

Sessions are posted in video and podcast form (would be great if they’d post the slidesets too), there are poll results, a link to a delegates’ social networking site, photos, and commenting ability.

Insights on Adoption (March 2015)

Michael Sampson - Currents

contact-form]. Published March 2015. Insights on Adoption provides updates, socializes new ideas, and shares the latest thinking and approaches for being effective with user adoption. Table of Contents. – Opening Remarks. – Going Beyond Adoption 101. – The Adoption Challenge for IBM Connections. – Adoption Strategies for Unified Communications. – Let’s Work Together in 2015. – Resources on User Adoption.

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Share2011 - On the Exhibition Floor - with OBS

Michael Sampson - Currents

OBS , one of the Gold Sponsors of Share, is showing a few things at its booth: - Capturx for SharePoint, which uses a special electronic pen and normal paper forms to capture input into SharePoint.

Green Chameleon » Why Knowledge Doesn’t Move

Green Chameleon

It was a great talk and here it is in podcast form. blog articles how-to guides events publications book videos about Why Knowledge Doesn’t Move Back in April iKMS hosted a talk by Professor Gabriel Szulanski of INSEAD on his fascinating research into knowledge “stickiness&# – ie the factors that inhibit knowledge transfer.

Fully Distributed Team + Face-to-Face Communication

Michael Sampson - Currents

There are a lot of subjective qualities to this kind of communication — such as body language — that cause the brain to react slightly differently than other forms, such as written or even video conference. Not only does this humanize the relationships between team members in a way that audio/video simply doesn’t (seemingly for a lack of verisimilitude), but it also encourages some friendship and bonding relationships to form that are a bit tougher to facilitate via pure digital tools.

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An Ant’s Eye View Guide to Awkward SXSW Conversation Starters

Ant's Eyeview Blog

Ant’s Eye View did some research and social listening — the foundation to any form of customer engagement – to come up with this helpful guide of offbeat, yet real statistics and numbers about last year’s SXSW conference.

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Bolder Conversations

Viv Mcwaters

I have strong views on lots of things, and find it difficult when confronted with mis-information, myths, and the latest form of -ism going around (racism, sexism, etc).

Workshop for Multi-Stakeholder Networks

Networking Action

These networks, particularly in their global form of Global Action Networks (GANs) are at the leading edge … BlogPeople working in multi-stakeholder networks and academics analyzing them will gather for three days to deepen their ability to contribute to networks’ effectiveness.

How to Save the World

How to Save the World

piwakawaka (nz fantail) -- photo by pete mcgregor ShirkingOur Personal Responsibility: Jason Godesky is back in great form in a brilliant essaythat pillories the rhetoric that were all personally responsible forour own story , our own historyand our own success or failure.

The Benefits of Being Active in Your Own Community

Managing Communities

So then, how does the average member form their perception of the manager? photo credit: up to 2011 Much of community management deals with matters that most members will never know about. By what they know – largely, how the community manager participates in the community. Participating can feel like a lighter part of the [.]. Community Cultivation How Should I Participate

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Community network mapping: just get going!

Making CommunitySense

You can always convert those paper representations into electronic form later. Mapping a community network is an art as much as a science.

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The evolution of effective team working and how you can accelerate it

The Bumble Bee

By observing newly formed and existing teams playing business simulations I have learned some important insights into how team-working 'evolves' and offer here some specific ideas on how you might accelerate this evolution in your own organizational teams.

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E2.0 Santa Clara: Architecting the Building Blocks of Enterprise Social Networking

Collaborative Thinking

My emphasis is on how social structures form within the enterprise, how people cultivate their social resources, and strategies they might employ to mobilize their networks.

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Community Milestones and Successes are to be Shared

Managing Communities

photo credit: dougtone No matter the size of your community, you will have the opportunity to celebrate milestones or some other form of success. But, success and notoriety can come in many forms. Milestones tend to be number based: 5 years online, 1,000 posts, 20,000 members and 100,000 threads. For example, being mentioned in a [.]. Managing the Community

News Roundup – Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014

Michael Sampson - Currents

Nintex customers are “ are embracing the Nintex mobile and cloud-based digital forms, together with the workflow systems, to drive efficiencies within operational processes and to enable a stronger management support framework. In its embedded form within SharePoint and Qumu’s Video Control Center 7.0, Nintex Workflow for Office 365 won three awards, and Nintex Forms for Office 365 won two awards.

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How to Save the World

How to Save the World

Monday, February 9, 2009 Co-operatives: The Feeling is Mutual BLOG Co-operatives: TheFeeling is Mutual Thevirtuous cycle of the Natural Economy, described in thisearlier post A co-operative, basically, is a form of organization whosemembers share a common purpose ( not earning a profit) and whose members are all equal. They are different from other forms of organization that arehierarchical or have different levels of authority (not all equal).They

How to Network at a Social Event When You Don’t Know Anyone

Partnering Resources

Think about it: if you’re stressed out and over-stimulated, the chances of forming a meaningful relationship are lower than if you’re feeling refreshed and energized. We’re in this to form meaningful, long-term relationships. Image by Vincent Fournier for Henkel Advertising.

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(Intranets2011) "Intranet Features That Staff Love" - Andrew Wright

Michael Sampson - Currents

How to people complete work tasks - (a) identify key tasks, (b) develop online forms, and (c) have a single location for all tasks/forms. Andrew from CIBA Solutions talked about intranet features that staff love, here at Intranets2011.

Images of Groceries in Cape Town South Africa

Portals and KM

I recently ran a long series of images form my trip to Cape Town South Africa in early December 2010. This weekend I will offer two more posts. I always enjoy going to grocery stores whenever I travel. Here are some shelf shots from two Cape Town grocery stores in adjacent neighborhoods. 

Notes on “Making Sure That The SharePoint Solutions Your Team Has Created Don’t Go to Waste” (Lou Zulli, Jr)

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of Lou’s students analyzed how people were working and designed a better method using SharePoint – a single, editable, revisable online form. Instead, developed a new application using InfoPath, with lookups, pre-population of the form based on lookups. Lou from the United States ( Lakewood High School ) is presenting on making sure your SharePoint solutions don’t go to waste. The aim is to improve user adoption of SharePoint solutions.

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How to Save the World

How to Save the World

May 10, 2008 Saturday Links of the Week -- May 10, 2008 Photo of an electrical storm that formed in the plume of the erupting Chilean volcano Chaitén. Dave Pollards environmental philosophy, creative works, business papers and essays. In search of a better way to live and make a living, and a better understanding of how the world really works.