Grappling with Groups

Clark Quinn

However, in designing learning, working in groups has some real negative perceptions and realities. As my kids complained, on group projects some team members will reliably slack, letting the most driven student do the work. Another issue is support for working in groups.

loosening group boundaries

Harold Jarche

“When a society is too grouped, people do not have any social contact with people from other groups,” [University of Pennsylvania’s] Centola said. Their networks do not expand beyond that group.”

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Group KM

Harold Jarche

Group Knowledge Management (KM) takes PKMastery to the next level: getting things done. Group KM involves narrating your work, so that others in the group know what is happening, even when separated by time and space.

Group cohesiveness & individual effort

Dave Snowden

The change in the behavioral state of one animal affects and is affected by that of all other animals in the group, no matter how large the group is. It turns out that “Interacting with six or seven neighbors optimizes the balance between group cohesiveness and individual effort”.

Group work advice for MOOC providers

George Siemens

In order to move past this small chunk model of learning, MOOC providers will need to include problem based learning and group learning in their offerings. Which means that if you’re assigned to a group of 10 learners, by the end of the course, you’ll be the only one left. The large MOOCs can improve the quality of learning by creating a model for rapid creation/dissolution of groups. Due to high dropout rates, pre-planned groups will likely not work well.

Have social networks replaced groups?

David Weinberger

But his comment, plus a discussion yesterday with Andrew Preater , a library technologist at the Imperial College of London, made me think how little progress we’ve in fact made in supporting groups on the Net. Since 2003, there are now services that bundle together these different modalities: Skype and Google Hangouts both let a group talk, video, chat, and share documents. What’s missing is the concept of a group. A group can be widely open.

Launch of updated AHT Group Business Model Overview

Ross Dawson

In February 2011 we launched a Business Model Overview of AHT Group. At a high level we are focusing on AHT Group and Ross Dawson as the major brands. It was created to help me and others to understand the scope of what we are doing.

Open business: Sharing our group priorities for 2012 – Why not?

Ross Dawson

A year ago I shared a visualization of our AHT Group Business Model. Following that, I am now sharing our group 2012 Priorities. Our AHT Group business model specifically describes the relationship between the (currently) three companies in the group and what I do.

Why the Sharp Distinction Between "Individual" and "Group" Brainstorming is False in Real Teams

Bob Sutton

  As I have been thinking about this research a bit more and of the brainstorming that Andy Hargadon and I studied at IDEO years ago, that I see at the Stanford, and especially, that I've seen in recent weeks in some very skilled groups I have seen in action, something struck me: The comparison between group and individual brainstorming that underlines this research is false, or at least irrelevant, because both happen at once when skilled practioners do it.

Small Group Creation Ideas

Nancy White

I believe in treating adults as adults. That doesn’t mean I, as a facilitator, cannot be inspired by techniques teachers use with children in their classrooms, right? Here are a few inspirations from Karen Moler of FlamingoFabulous in 2nd Grade. Facilitators, be inspired!

State of Enterprise 2.0 Collaboration Survey by Chess Media Group

Luis Suarez

This piece of research by the Chess Media Group is eventually sponsored by both the Enterprise 2.0 If you have been following the #e20 and #socbiz hash tags in Twitter over the last few days (You should!,

Presentation to UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Host communities may be online, or may be community based groups or a combination of both. Stephen Downes December 10, 2013 Access I''d like to begin with the issue of access. This is not where I usually begin a talk, because the main thing, I have to say, about issues of access is that''s, to be outside the scope of the areas that I work in. But from the perspective of the learner, the online learner, there are two major forms of access that need to be considered.

Finally I have an answer when people ask what I do! Visualization of our group’s business model

Ross Dawson

AHT Group Business model (click on the image for full-size pdf). For the last 15 years of my life post-employment I have struggled when people ask me what I do. More recently I have managed to crystallize a simple description of myself: Futurist and Entrepreneur.

Making Facebook Groups Rock for Nonprofits – Guest Post by Miriam Brosseau

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: While many of us focus our attention on FB pages, Facebook groups can be a good platform for nonprofits to use for informal peer learning groups, getting feedback from your post passionate fans , or to cultivate and support a brand ambassadors group.

Trainer’s Notebook: Group Polling Techniques and Tools and Incorporating Movement

Beth Kanter

Help the participants narrow down topics to discuss or work in small group exercises (replaces sticky dot voting and visualize the vote technique). June facilitated a discussion about the network leadership qualities of the group. It was great fodder for a reflective discussion.

Using Facebook Groups for Deeper Engagement with Audience or Your Peers

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Facebook Groups can be used to help build communities and for deeper engagement and learning with your audience or peers. Facebook had recently revamped its Groups, and it seemed like the perfect place to take the conversation for a spin.

Relaunch of Advanced Human Technologies Group website and new blog

Ross Dawson

I am extremely happy that we have finally relaunched the website for Advanced Human Technologies Group. Over the last couple of years we have been repositioning our activities so that our major corporate brand is AHT Group, the group of companies, rather than the individual companies.

Blog Post: Interactive Dialogue or Serial Monologue: The Influence of Group Size on conversation

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Over the years, in running my Knowledge Cafes, I have discovered through trial and error and careful observation that the ideal size of a group for interactive conversation is four people. Anything more than five and the conversation does not work so well: one or two people tend to dominate; the conversation breaks into two, even three; frequently one person is totally cut out of the interaction and there is little energy in the group.

That Group Feeling

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

But that group feeling never left me – nor the memory of the price I would have to pay to join. With the computer operations team at GSI , until new managers were imported from Texas and all our groups broken up. With, even, the e-learning group here in Moncton, until it was dismantled. Recitation of the group mantra. For humans, being in a group is a survival tactic. We need the group – we need it to survive, we need it at a deep and primitive level.

Blog Post: Peter Block on small group working

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen In reseaching for my blook on Conversational Leadership , I came across these words of wisdom in this short 90 second video clip from Peter Block about small group working.

Parents of Boys Group Forms

Nine Shift

We''re taking the effort for gender equality in education to those who understand it most: parents of boys.


Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Something that would be between the 'closed groups' and 'individuals in open networks'?" It will soon be noticed that a person can be both an individual (and hence a member of a network) *and* a member of a group. That they can belong to many networks and many groups. is about groups, web 2.0 is about groups, e-learning 2.0 The core of the issue is whether learning in general should be based on groups or networks. must be conducted in groups.

Selling Learning Communities – Not Everyone Will or Wants a Group Hug

Tony Karrer

Jack Merklein from Xerox Global Services did a really great presentation at LearnTrends 2009 entitled - Common tools for Diverse Communities at Xerox Global Services. You can find the LearnTrends 2009 Recording including Jack’s presentation. A few follow-up thoughts.

Advanced Human Technologies is now part of marketing, innovation and ventures group Rh7thm

Ross Dawson

The Advanced Human Technologies Group of companies has been integrated into the newly launched marketing, innovation and ventures group Rh7thm. For background please read the post on my personal blog, Phase transition: I am launching a new group of companies.

XPLANE joins Dachis Group

Dave Gray

Effective this morning, XPLANE is joining the Dachis Group , the world’s leading social business consultancy, as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Initially, the only change employees and customers will notice is the Dachis Group logo on our home page. I have a big announcement to make today.

Facebook Groups: their own Trojan Horse

Martijn Linssen

why not both Home About Contact Thursday, 7 October 2010 Facebook Groups: their own Trojan Horse When Facebook announced their Facebook Groups yesterday, I had a funny feeling. Business or Pleasure? -

Next Group to Oppose Gen Y: Liberals

Nine Shift

The next group to oppose the needs of Gen Y: liberals. The Tea Party has opposed the needs of Gen Y from the beginning. But coming soon will be a challenge to academic liberals and educators and the liberal educational belief system. A survey of Gen Y found that the biggest thing Gen Y wants to change is education. We're now seeing signs that the challenge to our outmoded obsolete education system is starting to gel around the needs of Gen Y. . First issue: testing.

Institutions, Confidence, and the News Crisis ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

Dean Starkman has written a lengthy piece in the Columbia Journalism Review, assessing the writings of a group of us he calls the “Future of News” movement. Putting aside any overall judgement between Starkman’s essay and those he has grouped under the FON label, I think this observation if yours is a cheap shot: “Tarbell was indeed a terrific reporter, but her byline has been somewhat scarce of late, given she’s been dead 70 years. Clay Shirky.

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The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

I gave a talk last year to a group of TV executives gathered for an annual conference. Every one of those groups had rich traditions, complex social structures, advanced technology, but despite their sophistication, they collapsed, impoverishing and scattering their citizens and leaving little but future archeological sites as evidence of previous greatness. Clay Shirky. « Secretary Clinton’s Internet Freedom Speech, Abridged.

Networked Learning: Groups, Networks

George Siemens

This time, Etienne Wenger starts the conversation by asking about the distinction between groups/communities/networks. The Networked Learning Conference 2010 is hosting another hot seat. The ensuing discussion will be a valuable resource for CCK10 this fall…

The Power of 2: Marcia Conner & Altimeter Group

Dan Pontefract

Marcia Conner has now teamed up with the Altimeter Group. Which brings me to the Altimeter Group. More info via Altimeter Group here. altimeter group marcia conner Have you ever read the book Power of 2 by Wagner and Muller?

The Power Of The Roles We Take: A Very Old Study And Related.

Bob Sutton

Brightsight Group. I recently had a rather painful meeting with a group of friends that I all admire.    Sometimes this is a good thing, especially when we join a group composed of noble and skilled human-beings.  Or, is the push/pull between the two groups inevitable, and possibly useful? Bob Sutton. About Subscribe to this blogs feed Email Me Follow Me @ work_matters. Book Me For A Speech. Search. 17 Things I Believe.

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LinkedIn KM Groups

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen There are a growing number of LinkedIn Groups many of them dedicated to KM. There is no KM directory but here are most of the Groups (in no particular order) that I have found: Gurteen Knowledge Community. Knowledge Management Group of Philadelphia. KM Practitioners Group. The Braintrust: Knowledge Management Group KM Forum. Network of Intellectual Capital Professionals. actKM. CKO (Chief Knowledge Officers) Forum. For Knowledge Persons.

Welcome to the new AHT Group website!

Ross Dawson

In a long overdue move, we have just relaunched the AHT Group website. While there are currently four companies in the Advanced Human Technologies group, until the relaunch this website focused only on the hub company Advanced Human Technologies, and offered an out-of-date view that focused more on services than ventures. Our business model (see forthcoming post) is designed around the complementary activities of the companies in the group.

Could a Super Bowl ad make us love the US Government?

Steve Denning

Harper’s Magazine (February 2011) has the provocative idea of assembling a group of ad execs (today’s Mad Men) and asking them what they would do if the US Government asked them to do an Super Bowl ad that would “make us love our government”. 

How to start a local rail group

Nine Shift

You can start a passenger train support group in your town. And/or start attending your state's passenger rail support association, or any other group meeting in your area. Photo: Me and mayor Don Richards at a public meeting our group hosted at the public library

What a Local Rail Group Does

Nine Shift

So what does a local passenger rail support group do? Three things: 1.PLAN. You plan on how to bring passenger rail service to your community. 2.ADVOCATE You communicate with local and s tate officials and try to get passenger rail service to your community in your state's rail plan.

Small Groups

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Perhaps it works with your audience, but if it were me, my first reaction is: I hate small groups, I hate small groups, I hate small groups. Although people say that small groups 'give everybody a chance to talk' what they *actually* do is serve to eliminate minority and dissenting opinion. But imagine that instead we split into three groups of 5. Now in each group, four people prefer (a) and one prefers (b). So the group moderator reports (a).

Open Business: Updated Strategic Overview of AHT Group’s activities

Ross Dawson

Again the primary intent is to help me and the AHT Group team to understand the scope of our activities and planned projects, and to prioritize our time and energy. The Strategic Overview is complementary to the AHT Group Business Model.

The Leader's Guide to Radical Management: Please join our on-line.

Steve Denning

You can join the group by going to Google Groups at [link] revolutionizing-the-world-of-work. Join our on-line discussion group: "Revolutionizing the World of Work" Become curators of the human spirit!