Category Archives: Formal Spaces

Mobile Learning: the state of play

The ecosystem of mobile learning is in constant flux: advances in technology being rivalled by creative methods of applying it in the real world. Sometimes a technology creates possibilities, sometimes inventive minds find creative ways of applying old technologies, and … Continue reading

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As worlds collide: formal and informal spaces in the Social Age

To understand the realities of the Social Age, we have to recognise that the boundaries between the formal and informal spaces in our lives have substantially collapsed. We inhabit a grey space where our communities, connections and conversations cross both. … Continue reading

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The Social Business

We’ve been exploring the Social Age from a number of angles recently: Social Leadership, the Social Contract, Social Technology. Today, as i sit on the train to London, i’m reflecting on the Social Business. What does a social business look … Continue reading

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Creating an environment for #learning: collaboration and community

As i sat writing this morning, an elderly gentleman came to the table and asked me if he could lay out the International papers without disturbing me. I’m in the Icebreaker cafe, by the Amstel, one of my favourite writing … Continue reading

Posted in Choreography, Coffee, Collaboration, Community, Community of Practice, Conversation, Culture, Environment, Formal Spaces, Group Dynamics, Informal Spaces, Learning, Learning Culture, Personal Learning Network, Reflection, Sharing, Social Learning, Spaces | Tagged , , , , , , , | 32 Comments

The imperative for Social Leadership

The ability to use a computer, smartphone and tablet is essential to operate in today’s workplace. The ability to negotiate, to set direction, influence and contract with others is also key. The world changes fast and, as it does so, … Continue reading

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Drawing upon the wisdom of the group: developing ideas of Social Leadership

Over the last week or so, i’ve been developing ideas around the Social Leader. I’ve been trying to adopt social learning approaches to this design exercise, exposing different parts of the ideas to different communities and individuals and making the … Continue reading

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9 questions to see if your organisational view of learning is broad enough

Organisations often plan learning carefully around needs, provide formal interventions and then look at how well the learning is applied. But that’s not the only model: sometimes i’m curious, i reach out into my community and resource sites, i learn … Continue reading

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8 behaviours of Social Leadership

I started exploring the traits of the Social Leader yesterday and wanted to follow up with some further thoughts today. The Social Leader can navigate formal and informal spaces with ease, equally at home engaging online as in person. The … Continue reading

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7 traits of the Social Leader

Think about two things: time and emotional energy. You can buy my time: by the hour, by the day or, if you can afford it, for a discounted price called an annual salary. But you can’t buy my emotional energy. … Continue reading

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A place for everything and everything in it’s place: creating an environment for learning

I have a routine: table by the window, the one with the plug next to it, coffee on the right side of the table at the back, phone on the left. This is the best table as it has a … Continue reading

Posted in 'Just in time' learning, Accessibility, Agile, Book, Collaboration, Community, Community of Practice, Connections, Contact, Environment, Formal Spaces, Informal Spaces, Learning, Learning Culture, Learning Technology, Mobile Learning, Personal Learning Network, Social Learning, Support | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments