Archive for December, 2010

2010 Reviewed by Google

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I love the way that you can visualise information in so many different ways and this is one example.

Zeitgeist 2010: Year in Review video on Youtube via Chris Brogan

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What does the ideal community of practice facilitator look like?

December 14, 2010 1 comment

How do you answer that question?  I previously wrote a blog called Who am I? where I mention the attributes that are need and @SueOnTheWeb explained it on twitter this way

“Community / Facilitator Manager is part detective, part sociologist, part bouncer, part concierge, part tough guy/woman, part big softie”

There’s also a discussion just started on LinkedIn called What is the ideal community leader profile for a given CoP?

Well I’m not going to answer the question fully.  But when it comes to what they look like.  Maybe I can answer that.

I’ve run a few training sessions in the passed on Communities of Practice and asked people to draw the perfect facilitator and this is what they look like.

From Perfect facilitator


From Perfect facilitator

So next time you’re asked what does the Perfect online facilitator look like.  This is what you can show them.

11 tips to power your community

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

A lot of the times you will get asked about engaging members within a community of practice.

It normally goes down the route of lots of technology, some new funcky tool or widget.

But in reality its the simple stuff that is missed.  I did this presentation a month of so ago when I was kindly asked to present at Syngenta.

These are all really simple things and very easy to do.

I loved it when all of a sudden the lightbulbs went on and the whole group would say “We can do that” rather than “we must have the technology to do this”.

Hope you like it.

Did I ever listen to Ted’s tips on Blogging

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s nearly four years since I persuaded Ted to film these top tips on blogging.

I probably should have done a lot more with the video, but the whole social media thing was very new and at the time not many people talked about Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook in their day to day life.

So did I listen to Ted’s tip?  Well I think I have.  And do these very simple tips still ring true in today’s blogosphere?

P.S. And Yes he still has that jumper.

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Could these videos explain how online communities of practice really work?

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

I know this will cause a lot of disagreements between people, but sit back and enjoy the videos.

Overt the last few years I have used these videos to explain some of the concepts of Communities of Practice and what happen to most of them.

Building Airplanes in the Sky

I still feel this is the case for most online communities that they start flying ahead with work with out getting all the pieces together.  And during the flight you might have some of your members getting a bit messy.

Running with Squirrels

Another great video.  When it comes to the building of an online community so much emphasis is put on the technology which can scare people off.  If it was explained in simple terms and it’s about how the technology can help support what you need to do.  

Rather than here’s loads of technology of you go.  Would you really be scared of the squirrels?

Herding Cats

Another favourite.  And community facilitation can be explained in this way.  You will take a few scratches on the way.  But if you put the effort in, you will get your reward.

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