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Remembering Community of Practice principles

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 20, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

One doesn’t implement communities of practice nor create them by management edict. Rather they require the right conditions to grow. Management’s role is to make …

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Adaptive tension: a prerequiste for communities of practice?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —May 14, 2005
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In the early 1900s a French physicist named Bénard conducted an experiment which is widely quoted in complexity literature due to its neat demonstration of self-organisation and …

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The Journal of Community Informatics

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 27, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

For anyone involved in online communities, this new journal will be a useful resource. The Journal of Community Informatics Community Informatics (CI) is the study …

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Inviting people to take action

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 22, 2005
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Last night I met Brian Bainbridge (one of the pioneers of Open Space) at our monthly Emergence meeting. Our discussion revolved around the issue of what …

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Why Smart People Have Bad Ideas

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 6, 2005
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Paul Graham writes excellent essays. This one caught my attention. That’s the essence of a startup: having brilliant people do work that’s beneath them. Big …

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Motivating community formation

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 3, 2005
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In helping companies cultivate communities of practice I frequently hear the following lament: this community idea is important but we just don’t have the time to …

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Technology For Communities

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 24, 2005
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The guys (and gal) at CPsquare have created a new blog which will feature discussions about how technology can support communities of practice. Etienne’s original …

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Simple rules for CoP self-organisation

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 20, 2005
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Communities of practice are often regarded, with good reason, as self-organising social systems. I was wondering the other day whether some simple rules for a …

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Tourists not lurkers

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 18, 2005
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Sue Huckson of the National Institute of Clinical Studies pointed out to me the other day just how negative the term ‘lurker’ is and suggested that …

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Short article on the knowledge management threat posed by an aging workforce

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —February 10, 2005
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CIO magazine recently published an article describing the now well-known argument that organisations will lose significant knowledge as baby boomers retire. There is reference to …

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