An Alternative Perspective on Group Dynamics

Jenny Connected

In my last post I discussed the hazards of group work and group think. Ironically, in an experience I had last week, I really wished for more group work. Not group think, but group commitment and group responsibility.

Collaborators, Cooperators and People I Learn From


So I decided to look deeper, in retrospect, and try to define for myself the kinds of relationships I have built over the years with the people who I used to follow on Twitter and see how I would be able to group them accordingly. Collaborators , Cooperators and People I Learn From.

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Trending Sources

Facebook Groups Revisited

Online Social Networking

In October 2010, I wrote New Facebook Groups Wreak Havoc. The “new” Facebook groups were brand new, and they were ruffling quite a few feathers. People added their friends en masse causing them to receive unwanted notification emails. My Favorite Facebook Groups.

Social Business Is People to People Business – The Iberia Story


As part of the series of “ Social Business Is People to People Business “, here’s the next take of what living social is all about. Essentially, no matter what people out there may well say, that’s what customers care about.

2012 87

The leader casts a long shadow – further reflections on group work

Jenny Connected

Reflection on my West Highland Way walk and my recent experience of a cMOOC ( Rhizo14) , have made me reflect deeply on the formation and functioning of groups and the dynamics that emerge. Ideally, in an adult group, this responsibility would shared and distributed.

2014 40

Large Group Ice Breakers: Free Twenty Questions Activity

Partnering Resources

Effective large group ice breakers can be hard to find. However, icebreakers have a good purpose: they help people get oriented to who is in the room, focus their energy on the meeting, and participate actively. It can be used with groups as small as ten and as large as two hundred.

2014 69

Experiencing Cynefin physically in a group

Chris Corrigan

I’ve had a couple of requests to share the exercise that helps people understand Cynefin physically. Begin by having the group stand and clear a large space so that everyone can move around comfortably. Have people divide into four new groups.

2014 31

The three biggest networking mistakes of advocacy groups

Net-Map Toolbox

A member of our new Net-Map LinkedIn Group asked about how Net-Map can be used to improve the effectiveness of advocacy groups. So here are three things that advocacy groups often do that hampers their success and where Net-Map can help them understand these limitation better: 1.

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Ideal group sizes

Chris Corrigan

Second, a friend asked me the question “What is the idea group size for collaborative process?” ” and in trying to answert the question I emailed him the following (please note that this is all off the top of my head, and in practice I usually go with intuition, relying more on patterns than rules): Innovation generally starts with individuals, so I like to build time into to processes for people to just be quiet and think for a bit.

Helping a Group Resolve a Problematic Discussion

Michael Sampson - Currents

While I was enjoying a quiet dinner ahead of the week, a group of 8-10 people behind me were engaged in a heated discussion. There were two people in particular who dominated the discussion, and basically threw the same lines back and forth at each other.

2015 39

Office 365 for Business – a New Meetup Group in Christchurch

Michael Sampson - Currents

Over the past year I have been doing a lot of work around the effective use of Office 365, and have been wanting to develop a group of people in Christchurch who are interested in making the most of Office 365 in their businesses and organisations. With the arrival of 2016, it is time to push ahead with that idea, and to that end, I am delighted to announce a new Meetup group in Christchurch called Office 365 for Business.

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Mini-Workshop at the Office 365 and SharePoint User Group Meeting

Michael Sampson - Currents

Last week I was the second of two presenters at the Office 365 and SharePoint User Group meeting in Christchurch. In two groups, with three subgroups in each group, I gave one of the six resulting sheets … and asked them to spend 5 minutes answering the questions.

2016 47

Shared Group Discourse Impacts on Productivity

Michael Sampson - Currents

The ability for people doing similar tasks to talk together helps with both productivity and retention. Those with the closest ties to others in their group were more productive and less likely to quit than those who worked alone. A recent analysis at Bank of America demonstrated this dynamic for call centre agents, reinforcing the productivity-driving benefits of strong ties: Humanyze’s smart work badges contain microphones and and precision positioning technology.

2015 32

Group Works Card Deck – A Joyful Announcement

How to Save the World

Here is our announcement: ——– The Group Works card deck , the first product of the Group Pattern Language Project, is now out! The deck is designed to support your process as a group convenor, planner, facilitator, or participant.

2012 36

Social Business Is People to People Business – The Movistar Story


It’s about understanding how as important and paramount as corporate brands are (Specially, in the context of B2B), it’s actually people the ones who make business. People to People. . People are people.

2012 34

What’s more important? People or structures?

Net-Map Toolbox

If you look at any great change, in your organization, in history, and you ask people to describe who this happened, most likely you will get one of these two stories: Story 1. It’s all about the people: There was this inspired leader, or evil man, or group of passionate individuals, or conspirators, or clever people, who came up with this grand idea who made all of this happen. Because typically group members would either lean toward story 1 or story 2.

2012 40

The simplest facilitation tip to build group capacity

Chris Corrigan

Thinking that the facilitator has the answers is one of the biggest problems with the way people are entrained to relate to facilitators. Because you are guiding a process, many people will feel that you are also an authority on what to do. Imagine: you have just done an elegant and energetic Open Space opening and you are ready to hand the process over to the group. Invite people to keep their hands up, and then utter these magic words.

2015 23

How to Network From Your Desk (For Introverts and Busy People)

Partnering Resources

It can be hard for introverts to do a lot of the activities normally considered to be networking, especially the large group meet-and-greets. I have a list of my top ten connectors: people who have gone out of their way to connect me to others. Connect People.

2013 99

Getting People to Change

Hildy Gottlieb

If creating the world we want means getting people to change what they currently do, how can we get people to change? That’s a question we hear a lot when we tell people what we’re doing at Creating the Future. But how will you get people to change their ways?”

Connecting individuals in a large group meeting

Viv Mcwaters

This week I’m taking part in a global meeting of about 80 or so people and have about an hour to do some connecting activities. The question has been asked as to why we need connecting activities when ‘most people know each other’?

State of the Net 2012 – People Tweet Tacit Knowledge – Part Two


Truly enjoyed his definition of such concept as well as that other notion that we all live in a state of messy-coherence, although I won’t be saying much more on it, other than encouraging those folks in favour of management, and managing things and people, in general, to go and have a watch.

2012 81

Why do groups need a facilitator?

Viv Mcwaters

It’s way to easy to stretch the boundaries, to include more, to dilute the purpose with ‘can we just…’ And a facilitator can find ways to help people engage with the content and work with each other – and then get out of the way and let them get on with it.

2013 21

Wiggio - Makes it easy to work in groups.

John Tropea - Delicious Community

Wiggio Media Player | Create New Group | Join a Group | My Profile | My Notifications | Tell a Friend | Logout Choose a Group Log-in. Group Links Resources Admin Settings Invite New Members Back to Wiggio Log-in. • There is no limit to how much your group can store.

The Metamovement: Moving Beyond Marches and People in the Street

How to Save the World

The group is about half the size of Portland’s, though attendance at their General Assembly was almost as high. The Eugene group is in close communication with the Portland group and have adopted a number of the same operating protocols.

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John Tropea - Delicious Community

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Work Together: 60+ Collaborative Tools for Groups

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration - Allows groups to share documents, calandars, contacts, and files. Glide - Facilitates group meetings to review projects together. - Specifically for groups working on business plans. - Create multiple workspaces with multiple documents, then share them for group editing. - Workspace for your group that features versioning, IM, VoIP ad more. - Site for group writing of fictional stories.

Action storming for tackling difficult people

Viv Mcwaters

The question comes up sooner or later: “How do you deal with difficult people?” This involves trying different approaches in quick succession, and as soon as someone in the group makes a suggestions along the lines of, “Why don’t you try…?”

10 messages in planning digital engagement with young people

Social Reporter

Below are 10 messages to consider in planning any project using digital technology to engage young people and address the key challenges they face. Tim writes at : This Thursday we brought together a fantastic crowd of 25 thinkers, social entrepreneurs, funders, youth workers and young people at the RSA in London to explore some of the messages that had been emerging so far in our Young People and Digital Technology exploration. Who are the young people?

10 messages in planning digital engagement with young people

Social Reporter

Below are 10 messages to consider in planning any project using digital technology to engage young people and address the key challenges they face. Tim writes at : This Thursday we brought together a fantastic crowd of 25 thinkers, social entrepreneurs, funders, youth workers and young people at the RSA in London to explore some of the messages that had been emerging so far in our Young People and Digital Technology exploration. Who are the young people?

(Intranets2011) "A social intranet - two years on" - Melissa Hendry, REA Group

Michael Sampson - Currents

In the second-to-last session for the day at Intranets2011 , Melissa Hendry from REA Group talked about their social intranet journey. People can join different groups - personal and business. -. People were more involved across the business.

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How helpful is journalism for People Powered Change? Further thoughts.

Social Reporter

People need to share stories and tips, chat about what’s worked for them and what hasn’t, and get some help in filtering the mass of information evolving online.

2011 34

The Group Work Site in SharePoint 2010 - "strange, inconsistent, weird, and unusable"

Michael Sampson - Currents

One of the new site templates is called the "Group Work Site," which is described in the creation dialog box as " a groupware solution that enables teams to create, organize, and share information quickly and easily. Calendared events from the calendar in the Group Work Site?

Stop people making bad commitments and poor estimates

The Bumble Bee

You just stopped short of a group hug. People are even claiming they don't remember taking any actions. Imagine the scenario. The workshop went so well. You finished off by agreeing the actions. Everyone was so pumped up and serious. Fast forward 2 weeks. none of the actions happened!

2012 25

It’s not about the thing; It’s about the people

Hildy Gottlieb

Tech people. Fundraising people. Whatever you work with, whatever you sell, whatever you promote, whatever you make – it’s not about the thing, it’s about the people. It’s not about the tech; it’s about the people. . Grocery store salespeople.

2014 31

Overlapping communities by multiple group membership: quantum behavior in social networks

Bas Rues

People are nodes, and they are connected to other nodes. I’d like to see a connection as “works together with”, and nodes as people in a certain context, for example a large organization. The above results in people being member of more groups than they were before.

2013 37

Three Networking Types: People You’ll Meet while Searching For Your Next Job

Partnering Resources

At Partnering Resources, we prefer to talk about networking as an ongoing activity, not just as something people do when they need a new job. They could be former colleagues, employees, or people you’ve worked with along the way.

2013 50

Connecting people in large groups

Chris Corrigan

Viv McWaters posts her thoughts on how to connect people in large group settings. This post is a great start: I learnt from one of my facilitation mentors, Antony Williams, that individuals generally come to groups with the need to be seen as an individual within the group (everyone likes to be recognised for being themselves first, a member of the group second) and to understand the connections.

Guidelines for Group Collaboration and Emergence « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

schrage89) As a distributed group of individuals (agents) within a network, we form a complex adaptive system. An emergent, adaptive group does not exude these characteristics. Mututal Respect It’s easy to full tuned to the people in our group that think like us.

BIG’s People Powered Change may catalyse a more bottom-up big society

Social Reporter

With the launch this week of People Powered Change , the Big Lottery sets out its plans for a distinctive niche in the Big Society agenda , supporting local bottom-up community projects. The People Powered Change site offers a question and answer page that provides some insights into the policy behind the initiative: What is People Powered Change? BIG Lottery Fund is refreshing its England wide portfolio of programmes around the concept of People Powered Change.

2011 41

If you want more participants, invite less people!

Net-Map Toolbox

draw a Net-Map with a group) and there are 30 people in the room, they are all participants, right? In my experience, if you try to squeeze 30 people around one table you end up with at least two rows of chairs and with a few very active participants in the front row and a large audience of people who just watch and listen to what is happening. And the interesting thing is: The bigger the group, the smaller the number of active participants becomes.