Category Archives: Forum

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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Centres of learning: books, libraries, enhanced content and learning communities

The new Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is superb: ten years work to renovate, refresh and rehang the galleries, resulting in a beautiful setting and interpretation of some of the finest artworks in the world. And a great library. My highlight yesterday … Continue reading

Posted in Authority, Book, Change, Community, Culture, Curation, e-Books, Engagement, Forum, Future, Information, Interpretation, Knowledge, Learning, Learning Technology, Meaning, Narrative, Publishing, Social Learning, Stories, Technology, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 18 Comments

The lifecycle of a social learning community and the shape of moderation

Nothing lasts forever, not even good conversations. I’ve been working this week on some ideas around the lifecycle of social learning communities, specifically the changing role of the moderator throughout the lifecycle. I’m working around a three stage approach, with … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, Collaboration, Community, Community of Practice, Conversation, Engagement, Experience, Forum, Group Dynamics, Learning, Learning Journey, Legacy, Moderator, Narrative, ROI, Scaffolding, Social Capital, Social Learning | Tagged , , , , , | 24 Comments

Personal learning networks and learning not to be nervous

Today is LEARNING:500, the event to celebrate the 500th post on the blog. I’m sat in my London hotel room, where i should be working on my presentation, but instead am writing this over a cuppa. I should be nervous, … Continue reading

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The growing pains of social learning communities: my Yammer diary

For a long time, my own organisation has used Yammer as a social learning and collaboration tool, but in a very informal way. There have only been a small community of users and it’s been very ad hoc in it’s … Continue reading

Posted in Challenge, Change, Collaboration, Communication, Community, Community of Practice, Control, Conversation, Forum, Informal Spaces, Learning, Learning Culture, Networking, Social Learning, Social Media, Social Networking, Yammer | Tagged , , , , | 5 Comments

Choosing the right clothes: social learning tone of voice and identity

Next week there’s a big Christmas meal which, leading to much debate amongst certain elements of the community as to what to wear. There are impressions to be made, people to catch up with and celebrating to be had. It … Continue reading

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Strength in numbers: the power of a learning community

This focus of this week has been learning culture: how it’s created, who owns and influences it and what the balance is of informal and formal learning within it. The ‘Amsterdam Diary’ series of four articles let me explore this … Continue reading

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