Aug 01 2006
See recommendations and testimonials on LinkedIn. In 2011-2012, I had SKmurphy conduct a series of interviews with recent clients. In addition to several suggestions they made for improvement, here are some of the things they said:
- “John got all of us much more engaged. He encouraged us to use all of the components of our on-line collaboration environment: the agenda was updated throughout the call, several people would take minutes and notes live in the chat window, and others would add comments and links to relevant and related content.
This was a big change from reading email in another window while half-listening to the teleconference.” — Larry Talley, NOAA
- “John’s experience with learning is situated and social while mine is more cognitive. I often resonated with his suggestions but I would not have arrived at them without his help. He really listened and offered insights based on his understanding of technology and the learning requirements of a Community of Practice. He encouraged a group that was used to face-to-face interaction to look at on-line technologies for what they could do as well as their deficits.” — Ruth Streveler, Purdue University
- “The discipline and science of communities, communities of practice, and learning communities was all new to me. John communicated it without a lot of jargon and buzzwords which was very helpful: he made it real.” — Steve Cowan, Habitat Media
- “John helped me gain a new appreciation of the word “practice.” Such a commonplace word, yet one that surprisingly holds great power! In contrast, the lexicons of sustainability and resilience both emphasize “principles.” Principles are idealistic. Principles often guide the development of indicators, the yardsticks by which we measure our activities. Certainly these can be powerful tools. But they are often contested, as well. Practices offer a place to begin, to engage, to act. Through practices we develop competencies. And the core competencies of living resiliently, ethically, entrepreneurially, sustainably are what’s needed most of all. My conversations with John helped me gain a fresh perspective on these ideas.” — Howard Silverman, Ecotrust
- “I had high expectations of John when he joined our project and he met them. I was particularly impressed during the convening: he was very present; he played an active and supportive role and helped us to create an environment that set the stage for ongoing participation and ownership.” Adam Lane, Ecotrust