Archive for the 'Event design' Category

Mar 15 2009

In Search of Excellence for the Portland, Oregon OD Network

I’ve been on the “leadership team” of the Portland ODN more or less continuously for the last 10 years. I’ve found ODN to be a nice face-to-face home professionally, even though my work is very different from what most OD professionals do. But I thought that being on the leadership team would be fun and […]

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Sep 18 2008 vs.

It’s really great when special-purpose websites are mashed together.  The effect is multiplicative.  For example,, although it has a really ugly pattern for a background, is elegant and simple and combines: “Tweets” from that have a particular hashtag Photos from that have the same hashtag links from that have that same […]

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Aug 05 2008

After all the administrivia

CPsquare is having a book club event, where everyone is invited to read a book about communities of practice together. Sounds simple enough, right? Fortunately or unfortunately Communities of Practice: Creating Learning Environments for Educators is a book where, if you’re interested in communities of practice, you might want to read all the book chapters. […]

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Jul 28 2008

Communities of practice by any other name

Several months ago, Diana Larsen presented her work on Agile Retrospectives at ODN. I bought the book on the spot. And later I watched this video where Diana and her co-author talk at the Googleplex: In this day and age, when so many forums on a favored topic are sold as communities of practice, it’s […]

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Apr 22 2008

Reflecting on the LLP Conference

At the end of January I led an effort in CPsquare to hold a conference that we titled, “Long Live the Platform.” It was a great experience. Sue Wolff took the lead in writing a report that describes the method of organizing the conference, the sustaining motivations driving participant roles, and some of the memorable […]

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Feb 12 2008

Phone bridges as platforms that play well with other platforms

The communities I work with seem to be using telephone bridges more and more. Those phone bridges are acquiring more features (so I think of them more like a platform with several tools on them rather than simple tools). For example, phone bridge platforms can send email announcements scheduling a call and make a recording […]

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Jan 08 2008

Long Live the Platform

Think that TWITTER may not be enough of a platform for your community of practice? Need something more homey than Think that a full-fledged platform THAT YOU PAY FOR may be needed? I’ve thought for a long time that how you look at and assess the fit between a community and its platform matters […]

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Dec 28 2007

Gathering experience with teleconferences

There’s a pattern that’s developed in CPsquare and that I’ve been purposeful in developing elsewhere. I think it has lots of good learning practice built into it.  I put it on a public Google doc for a while, but since I haven’t received any comments about it for a while, I decided it was stable […]

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Sep 27 2007

Facilitating with IntroNetworks

Elliott Masie always does a great job creating buzz for his events, and his use of IntroNetworks pushes the use of the software to the next level by having people like Sarah Lynes, a member of his staff, facilitate the whole colleague discovery process for big conferences. His screen-cast gives a sense of who attends […]

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Jul 27 2007

Services to support conferences and meetings

We live in an interconnected world where machines log on to other machines to do work on our behalf. That’s what now does every night: it gathers up all the tagging I did during the previous day and posts it on this blog. It’s part of a mashed-up, service-oriented world. I’m writing this posting […]

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