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
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.
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
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
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
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
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