Archive for the 'Event design' Category

Jun 22 2007

The difference between software design and use

Guy Nadivi of made some interesting comments on my post about his company’s software in an email. It’s really messy to take comments out of an email in MS Outlook at put them into a posting in Word Press, but I thought they were so interesting I’d quote them here with his permission. His […]

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Jun 20 2007

IntroNetworks: A web service to help you get to the conversation

I’ve been thinking about how the use of technology can change events for a long time. Participating in distributed communities like CPsquare has caused me to travel more than ever before, but the design of events such as conferences and dialogs themselves seems resistant to the use of technology. Especially since the first two International […]

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Jun 20 2007

How you get there matters

Information technologies and a community of practice perspective can change how we design events, making them more productive and more fun. Beverly Trayner and I wrote about earlier projects and holding another dialog in Setúbal was an opportunity to observe, practice and design. For this dialog we had a public blog, a private wiki, weekly […]

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May 23 2007

Changing the way we meet changes the outcomes of our conversations

But the way we meet is “fixed” in many ways and hard to change. Yesterday I spent the day with Shirley Williams’ research group ( at Reading University’s Computer Science department. When we were planning the afternoon session with Karsten Lundqvist, I asked, “What if we take notes during our meeting – in an IRC […]

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May 18 2007

Learning from traditional learning practices

In a chat with Mark Kuznicki about his recent work with BarCamps and other open space, wiki-style events, we resonated around the idea that in our observation, Open Space meetings are great at beginning but once people know each other and have a history together, things veer off in other directions, towards other social forms. […]

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May 18 2007

How learning, meaning, and identity changed at the APA

Yesterday we invited all of the people we’ve interviewed in our coaching study to meet for a conference call to talk about what we’d learned from them about community leadership and coaching. As a broadcast of our “findings” it wasn’t too successful because we didn’t even get through our slide set, much less get much […]

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Mar 23 2007

SAO panel on online social networking for marketing executives

Tuesday morning I was on a panel for a breakfast session on Online Social Networking. Breakfast is a pretty nice thing at the The Governor Hotel, so the bottles of red wine that I saw out the corner of my eye seemed really odd. It turned out that the panelists were given a nice bottle […]

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Feb 21 2007

Coping with noise on a phone bridge

I’m continuing to use High Speed Conferencing as a phone bridge because it combines Skype and POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) as I described here. The economics of communication shape how communities get together: many of the groups I work with include some people who can’t participate without Skype and others who can’t participate unless […]

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Jan 21 2007

Multiple blogs for multiple purposes

I’m noticing that because setting up a blog is so easy, rather than having one blog that serves all purposes, people set up many special-purpose blogs. Here are the blogs I’ve posted to within the last week, each having a special purposes: CPsquare News CPsquare Education News Technology for Communities Prato Dialog Coaching community leaders […]

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Dec 28 2006

CWToolkit is now open source

I’m going to put a copy of CWToolkit in the free code library at Web Crossing. It’s a suite of integrated programs that I’ve developed over the past five years, mainly in CPsquare and in the Foundations of Communities of Practice workshop. Although I haven’t gone through and removed all the copyright notices inside each […]

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