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The spidergram for getting started with AND evaluating communities

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"Technology has fundamentally changed how we can be together!" With this phrase Nancy White started the webinar 'Thinking about online communities using the Digital Habitats Orientation Spidergram', which was held on the 21st February 2012. Nancy: "Technology has enabled us to communicate by distance through skype, bigmarker, e-mail, blogs, discussion groups and other social media tools. Some of them work effective, others are less effective. It depends on the situation. The world of the 'paper and pen' has transformed into a new world of digital tools. That has created a new dynamic on how we communicate in communities. If technology is not working we use paper and pen, other times we use the computer, preferably applications that remind us of the 'paper and pen'." 

Change in technology, can change the interaction Nancy: "Interactions between people are important. It contributes to the development of the team or network. An interesting t…

Hints for starting and maintaining online communities

What to do if a network organisation of medical doctors is approaching you with a request to start an online community? It was one of the case studies which participants had to deal with during the second round of online conversations in the course 'Social media for organisational learning and change'.  Some of the recommendations which were shared by the participants included:
1. Start with research:  Check if there is an interest and energy to start an experiment with social media.  Check assumptions if the members think the same, as the head office of the network organisation. 2. Initiate an experiment:  If there is interest, start with a small group of enthousiastic members with an experiment. 3. Expand the network gradually:  Build an identity, have clear topics for discussion,  create and maintain an attractive online discussion space and start to expand from there.
Types of online communities According to Ed Mitchell there are three types of communities: 1. Centralized commun…

Facilitation as 2nd profession - a handbook with useful hints for facilitation!

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'Did Colombus discover America? Or was America already there to be discovered?'  'And how is it about innovations? Did the innovator discover the invention?  Or was the innovation already there, before it was discovered?'
'Facilitationas a 2nd profession - author Jan Lelie' is a book with a number of remarkable quotes and practical examples on how to facilitate and guide groups.  Increasingly facilitation becomes a 2nd profession for professionals. It is the first profession, that determines people's capacities to deal with technical and content issues. Facilitation is a necessary skill to make the work with your colleagues more effective. Facilitation as a 2nd profession is a prĂ©-condition to get the optimum out of the 1st profession.   This book provides some useful hints and theories on how to guide and make groups work more effective.  Reference is made to theories such as Kolb, ORID, Theory U, Balanced Score Card, Appreciativeinquiry and Social-Technical…