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Archive for August, 2008

A community is a community

We’re in week #3 of Facilitating Online Communities and I’ve been pondering the similarities between online communities and ‘real communities.’
Communities are like sour dough bread–they need ’starter’
When my partner and I moved to our neighbourhood 15 years ago, our ’sour dough starter’ was a 9-week-old Boxer puppy and our garden. People need a way to [...]

The art of persuasion

Whether you’re negotiating dinner options with your partner or pitching a new idea at work, persuasion is an extremely valuable tool. Robert Cialdini, Regents’ Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University wrote about a commonly underutilized technique in The Language of Persuasion, a Harvard Management Update.
Cialdini describes the work of research psychologists in Texas who [...]

A toast to stories to come …

“As our ancestors evolved to live in groups, the hypothesis goes, they had to make sense of increasingly complex social relationships. Living in a community requires keeping tabs on who the group members are and what they are doing. What better way to spread such information than through storytelling?”
[From "The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We [...]