Online Communities

Why Are People So Argumentative Online?

Why are people so argumentative online? In an interesting article in the current RSA Journal, Ian Leslie suggests a number of reasons: ‘Agreeing tends to motivate people less than disagreeing’ (Paul Graham). People are more likely to comment on things they disagree with. Aa a result, a big part of the economy of the internet …

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Brain-Friendly Learning, Online

As trainers, facilitators and coaches we know that bored people don’t learn well. We work hard to make our in-the-room events ‘brain-friendly’, using interest, novelty, emotion and meaning to keep people actively engaged throughout. We bring learning to life with brightly-coloured handouts, physical games, small-group activities, learner-led sessions and more. Sharon Bowman refers to five …

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ENGAGE: The New Rules For Online Meetings

If you’re a facilitator, trainer or group coach, how can you best engage participants remotely, so that you have really creative online meetings and other live events? By applying your in-person best practices! A great online facilitator uses what we know works in person – and figures out how to apply that online. I’ve pulled …

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Clean Language And Open Space: Double The Value?

Clean Language and Open Space Technology. Two proven approaches to improve communication “softly” – not by adding more machinery, but by structuring conversations so that they work well. We’ll be combining the two at Metaphorum 2018 on 3 February. Surely that’ll double the value? Here’s an introduction to Open Space: And here’s my latest Clean …

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Planning The Schedule For Metaphorum 2018

One of the most exciting parts of our online unconference, Metaphorum 2018, is watching the agenda take shape in the weeks before the event. For an in-person unconference using pure Open Space Technology, the topics don’t officially emerge until the day itself. But at many of the best events, at least some sessions are in place ahead …

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