Category Archives: learning communities

Understanding How We Understand Each Other

People understand themselves poorly and understand others perhaps more poorly. This sorry fact is one reason conflicts exist and persist in the world.  That humans as a species tend to hold smugly to complete misconceptions about those they perceive as being not like them is … Continue reading

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Design before You Are Asked

Are you someone who notices problems around you and decides which you should work on solving RIGHT NOW? Here is a motto for you then: Design before you are asked.  

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Ownership and Responsibility

Think for a moment of the organizations of which you are a part- your family, neighborhood, city, workplace, religious community, community of hobbyists, professional association, your profession itself… What does it mean to you to be a good citizen of … Continue reading

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The Problem with Sweeping Generalizations

Some months ago I read a book assembled by Edge in which the best thinkers of our time were asked to offer a single principle of thought that is vital to clear thinking but often absent in our cognitive toolkits. One … Continue reading

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A Great Idea for Our Time

I have never on this blog simply posted a link to something because it speaks for itself so beautifully that I would not touch it along its way. I wish there were a way of bringing the day featured in this … Continue reading

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Why Join and Why Stay?

Robert Kraut and Paul Resnick, of Carnegie-Mellon and University of Michigan respectively, are prominent scholars who specialize in research-supported principles for designing communities that rely on voluntary participation. These scholars are experts on questions like how best to induce members to … Continue reading

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A Slight Disappointment

Most of my readers know that I study communities that explore ideas and undertake creative action. That research includes case studies of a variety of promising models, both online and brick-and-mortar, that might be considered and shared as prototypes for vital creative communities. … Continue reading

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