Group Works

John Tropea - Delicious Faciliatation

Group Works. Welcome to the Group Pattern Language Project. The Group Works deck of 100 full-colour cards (91 patterns + 9 category cards) names what skilled facilitators and other participants do to make things work. Check out Group Works videos on YouTube!

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.

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Learner support in MOOCs. An alternative perspective

Jenny Connected

One of the panel discussions at the MOOC Research conference held in Arlington, Texas at the beginning of this month was on Supporting Learners in MOOCs. Stephen has summarized the panel discussion as: In this discussion a panel of MOOC experts explored questions surrounding supporting learning online. Some widely varying perspectives, ranging from preparing students to work without a curriculum to student support software in an xMOOC.

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.

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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.

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RSA shows how social networks can support Changemakers

Social Reporter

The initiative has been supported by RSA Fellows (members), and this makes it easier to replicate the process in other areas and eventually build a network of networks through which Changemakers can find others with similar interests. Will they be criticised as an elitist group?

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RSA shows how social networks can support Changemakers

Social Reporter

The initiative has been supported by RSA Fellows (members), and this makes it easier to replicate the process in other areas and eventually build a network of networks through which Changemakers can find others with similar interests. Will they be criticised as an elitist group?

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Supporting the Human Side of Content Monitoring

Portals and KM

group. For example, in developing support systems for call centers, I always tried to provide the reps with the right content in context and access to the right people so they could intelligently deal with customer questions.

How can social media support learning alliances/multistakeholder processses?

Joitske Hulsebosch

Arjen Wals said all learning is social, but social learning emphasizes learning through different perspectives- from the differences in heterogenous groups. Though I realize people also use the term communities for multistakeholder groups.

How is Mobile Supported on the Enterprise Level?

Portals and KM

Given these numbers, how are enterprise IT departments supporting their mobile users? Forrester’s TJ Keitt tackles this question with his report, Does Your IT Department Support The Needs Of The Mobile Workforce? Forrester divides the 55% who work outside the office into four groups: hypermobile professionals (29%) who have an office but work from anywhere, part-time telecommuter (11%), connected consultants (10%) and remote-based technicians (6%).

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An update on social reporting, including support from BIG

Social Reporter

The biggest and most thoughtful bottom-up support for the idea, and a big contribution to its practice, has come from the Transition Network , where Charlotte Du Cann and Ed Mitchell are editing and producing a social reporting project. They may challenge and even provoke, but social reporters are sensitive to the resources and parameters of the group, community or organisation they reporting for. I don’t mean we have to preserve current organisations like newspaper groups.

Nielsen Norman Group Names Best Intranets for 2010

Portals and KM

Nielsen Norman Group has announced winners in their 11 th annual contest for best intranets for 2010. Having said this I do like the strong support for enterprise 2.0 It is ironic that such weight is placed on social networking since social media was seen somewhat skeptically by the same group when the 2006 winners for best intranets were announced. The report is available for download from the Nielsen Norman Group website.

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Social App Store gains support in the North

Social Reporter

The bsitnorth group had taken the DIY philosophy of Big Society and decided they would explore the challenges and develop opportunities without waiting for any more from Whitehall.

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?

Just-In-Time Facilitation Support

Viv Mcwaters

This is what Just-In-Time Facilitation Support is all about. Have this basic information available: Who is the group you’re facilitating? How to get a large group (more than 40 people) to actively participate. What if the group is polarised?

Engaging and Supporting Community Champions

Portals and KM

The third group is the creators who can help develop important community content or answer community questions. This is not the right ground for a community, at least a community to support the organization.

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.

How can blogs support communities of practice?

Joitske Hulsebosch

One of them was: how can blogs support communities of practice? In this case, the first posts were done by me as a facilitator, since this was a new way of working for the group and hard to explain.

Guidelines for Group Collaboration and Emergence « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Skip to content emergent by design Home support who’s the architect? 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.

(Intranets2011) "Strategies for Creating a Social Workplace with Your Intranet" - James Dellow, Headshift / Dachis Group

Michael Sampson - Currents

being customer-centric, "I survive on the trust and support of my customers.". - Headshift and Dachis Group - very focused on "social business."

How my bad French made me a better facilitator

Net-Map Toolbox

In the case of Cameroon, like in a lot of my work, we are working with local facilitators who are there not just for the workshops during out field visits but to support the project throughout implementation.

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Meg Wheatley’s 12 principles for supporting healthy community

Chris Corrigan

Today, in our Art of Hosting workshop in central Illinois, Tenneson Woolf and Teresa Posakony brought some of Meg’s recent thinking on these principles to a group of 60 community developers working in education, child and family services, and restorative justice. People support what they create. Once you shift the composition of the group, you can shift the status and power as well.

Life With Alacrity: The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes

John Tropea - Delicious Community

« Post RSA Conference Wrapup | Main | Great Social Networking Posts » The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes Lately Ive been noticing the spread of a meme regarding "Dunbars Number" of 150 that I believe is misunderstanding of his ideas. But, what is a "group"?

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For the "Mondays at 4" group

Endless Knots

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston offers grief support groups for families of patients. It's impossible to know the right thing to do after someone close dies. We try all kinds of things. Walking. Talking. Weeping. And then there's something unexpected. Death and dying Generosity Health Jeff Stamps Pancreatic cancer

Support for young dads


I often ask but seldom hear of intiatives to support young fathers. They constitute a very neglected group in terms of available support, so this is good to see: the. Family Strategic Partnership has an initiative on young dads , including this survey   on how much support they receive. Pass it on. Social exclusion

Citizen journalists animate a virtual high street for independent living support and conversation

Social Reporter

Access Dorset TV (ADTV) is developing a virtual high street where a team of citizen journalists will help disabled people, older people and carers share opinions share opinions and experiences, provide each other with support, and also review products and services.

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Life With Alacrity: Community by the Numbers, Part One: Group Thresholds

John Tropea - Delicious Community

« New Blog for Ephemera | Main | Community by the Numbers, Part II: Personal Circles » Community by the Numbers, Part One: Group Thresholds We often think of communities as organic creatures, which come into existence and grow on their own. Most commonly, the group shrinks.

Mock Thesis Proposal: Personal Support Networks During Periods Of Employee Transition, Part 1

Collaborative Thinking

Personal support networks are one type of SNS affordance employees can exploit when seeking information, mentoring, advice, problem-solving help, or opinions on the “folklore” of another group or business area. Output from this work will identify employee personal support practices, the influence media, management, and culture have on such practices, and benefits that accrue to employees and employers. Abstract.


10 Tips for Inviting to Facebook Events

Online Social Networking

Line up influential supporters to help you promote the event. Post the event or an article that you write about it on your business page , your personal profile and in Facebook groups catering to your niche.

10 Basic Group Facilitation Skills

Viv Mcwaters

I’m in the midst of facilitating a training for an INGO on incorporating mental health and psychosocial support into programming. One of the key lessons is that you don’t have to be a trained mental health professional to provide support to people suffering from mental disorders, whether that be due to a disaster they have experienced personally or as a part of their community, or if its because of chronic poverty or any other reason.

London as a #networkedcity gains support at first event. Now here’s the plan

Social Reporter

That initiative, called The Way Ahead , was prompted in part by the fact that traditional ways of doing good through charities, voluntary organisations and community groups face funding cuts by public bodies, who now focus on contracting. The next steps for Networked City are to plan further events on January 31 and February 22, develop task groups around specific topics, and set up a blog and wiki and other tools. First published on

Neighbourhood care groups


Neighbourhood care groups and organisations provide an astonishing social resource which seldom penetrates the policy-media consciousness. This exercise illustrates the great value in having high quality informal local arrangements for people in need of help and support.

Green Chameleon » Supporting Communities on the Intranet

Green Chameleon

At 5 minutes it’s short but has some good practical advice including “Don’t under-estimate how much training and support is needed&#. I have the same approach but in my experience 7 groups… By Tim Suoer great, such a fun United Nations group.

Update on Attensa: Supporting Organizational Collaboration

Michael Sampson - Currents

It's been a while since Attensa announced StreamServer (September 2009), another go at its idea of collecting and sharing happenings from across the enterprise and adding groupings and sharing options.

New funding for digital tech projects to support life transitions

Social Reporter

Nominet Trust have just launched a new funding programme around how we may be able to use digital technology to best support people through transitions in life. It is often during these times of upheaval and change that we most need support. Whether these changes are temporary or permanent, expected or forseen, they are times when family friendship and professional support networks become more important. You can join our online learning group here.

A new initiative supporting communities to develop digital assets

Social Reporter

It is led by two people with complementary skills – Annemarie Naylor, who established the Asset Transfer Unit at Locality , and Marc De’ath of The Creative Co-op – with supporting partners including the Nominet Trust, one of my clients. In addition to directly supporting 15-20 community groups via our Learning Programme , a Resource Library and Blog will be published online and made available for anyone to use.

10th Anniversary of the OnlineFacilitation Group

Nancy White

When we started, there were very few places to talk about facilitating online groups and communities. Now there are groups springing up all over , and some steadfast old-timers as well. Last week I asked people to share some stories about their involvement with the group.

Mutual support and ‘primary care’


In Eindhoven the other day I had the privilege to meet co-ordinators of an extensive self-help network , hear about some of the ways in which the groups work, and gain insight into the importance of the experience for sufferers. There are about 80 mutual support groups in the network, covering a range of shareable problems including mental health, addiction, sexuality, and so on.   Informal support

Green Chameleon » Tease, Support, Launch

Green Chameleon blog articles how-to guides events publications book videos about Tease, Support, Launch Via Maish , this very nice example of a human-centred Enterprise 2.0 I have the same approach but in my experience 7 groups… By Tim Suoer great, such a fun United Nations group. intranet rollout. The smartness extends to the way that training was approached – not on how to use the intranet, but on how to build Enterprise 2.0

Social Networks And Group Formation - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

Support our sponsors! These groups grow one user at a time. Backstrom, Huttenlocher and Kleinberg (2006) analyze group formation in large social networks. Another group of researchers who studied the DBLP database were Cai et al.