Category Archives: Group Dynamics

Social Leadership: Communities and meaning

We don’t just belong to one community: in the Social Age, we belong to many. Maybe there was a time when we all lived in caves and gathered around campfires to skin mammoths, when we were constrained by being in … Continue reading

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The reason for reflection

I’m on holiday this week, trying to avoid all but essential work, but also trying to finish the third article exploring Social Leadership (which doesn’t count as work!). I also took a look at the Blog stats and realised how … Continue reading

Posted in Achievement, Agile, Blog, Blogging, Book, Collaboration, Community, Group Dynamics, Learning, Learning Styles, Reflection | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments

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

Communication at times of organisational change: relevance, amplification and community

Change is the normal state for organisations, but one that many are ill equipped to deal with. As it’s friday, i’ve decided to play with some new ideas: in this case a model to explore the role of social communities … Continue reading

Posted in Agile, Authority, Change, Communication, Community, Connections, Control, Disturbance, Effectiveness, Engagement, Formal Spaces, Gangs, Group Dynamics, Hierarchy, Informal Spaces, Leadership, Management, Personal Learning Network, Social Capital, Social Learning, Support, Town Hall Meetings | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

How do you grow pearls of wisdom: the importance of disturbance in learning

It’s the irritation that grows the pearl: the grain of sand that causes the oyster to lay down layers of calcium carbonate in concentric rings that are polished to a high lustre, creating the pearl. Without disturbance, little changes. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptability, Agile, Change, Collaboration, Community, Community of Practice, Curation, Disturbance, Education, Experience, Group Dynamics, Knowledge, Learning, Learning Journey, Meaning, Narrative, Personal Learning Network, Reflection, Social Learning, Worldview | Tagged , , , , , | 6 Comments

The nature of work in the Social Age

Organisations used to own us: they recruited us as graduates or apprentices, mapped out a career path, trained and assessed us and then, finally, gave us a carriage clock and sent us out into retirement. It was safe, it worked … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptability, Agile, Change, Collaboration, Community, Creative, Freedom, Group Dynamics, Innovation, Knowledge, Meaning, Networking, Ownership, Professional Practice, Social Capital, Social Learning | Tagged , , , , , , | 55 Comments

Welcome to the Social Age

Yesterday i gave a guest lecture at Dublin City University for one of the Masters courses on ‘Creating effective learning in the Social Age‘. It was a broad approach, starting in how we communicate using stories, progressing to an exploration … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptability, Agile, Blog, Blogging, Challenge, Collaboration, Community, Control, Conversation, Education, Formal Spaces, Freedom, Group Dynamics, Informal Spaces, Knowledge, Learning, Learning Culture, Learning Design, Meaning, Mobile Learning, Narrative, Social Capital, Social Learning | Tagged , , , , , , | 41 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 , , , , , | 23 Comments

Music in learning: social learning communities and personal learning networks

In this final extract from my new book on ‘music in learning’, i’m looking at learning communities and exploring how we come together to learn. I have completed the first draft of the book this week and now starting the … Continue reading

Posted in Challenge, Communication, Community, Community of Practice, Creative, Dance, Engagement, Group Dynamics, Inclusivity, Knowledge, Learning, Learning Journey, Meaning, Music, Stories, Storytelling, Writing | Tagged , , , , | 7 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

Posted in Biography, Challenge, Communication, Community, Culture, Difference, Environment, Everyday Reality, Formal Spaces, Forum, Group Dynamics, Identity, Informal Spaces, Learning Culture, Social Learning | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments