Last night, I had an opportunity to meet some CPSquared colleagues face-to-face in Cambridge for dinner. Not wanting to miss an opportunity to play with my new toy, err, learn how to use my new tool, the Nokia N95, I did a live broadcast of our dinner. I discovered that you can see the chats on the phone while you are live broadcasting and that I need to do some adjustments of the volume or get closer to my subjects when they are talking. (More reflections on technique can be found on my N95 learning journal)
Since the live broadcasts are automatically referenced on witter from QIK - I started to get direct messages routed by SMS to my phone while we were broadcasting. Ryanne and Jay even Ustreamed our live streamed - how meta. Having this connected network on Twitter and Qik - connect with the CPSquared Meet up Face-to-Face seemed so appropriate.
I got a second opportunity to spend some face-to-face time with John Smith and finally meet Bronwyn Stuckey who was in the US from Australia. I've been lucky enough to be involved with the planning and curriculum development for Connected Futures: New Social Strategies and Tools for Communities of Practice workshop with John and Brownyn as well as (who along with Beverly Trayner, Etienne Wenger, Nancy White, Nick Noakes, Shawn Callahan, Shirley Williams, and Susanne Nyrop.
Here's the blurb:
Are you in, leading or interested in the development and support of communities of practice who want or need to use web based tools to connect and be together? What role do technologies such as blogs, wikis and social book marking might play in your community’s development? If these questions intrigue you and you
are an explorer and learner, then you’ll want to check out this new learning event from CPSquare:
Connected futures: New social strategies and tools for communities of practice
This online workshop is ambitious - it runs over five weeks and includes virtual field trip and an experimental lab where people will get practical experience with the new web tools and how to integrate them into an existing community of practice. I'll facilitating week 5 along with Shawn Callahan and Susanne Nyrop that is focused on helping participants summarize their learnings and think through implementation. I'll also be doing a field trip of the NpTech Tagging Community.
I also got to meet an amazing group of local CoP professionals.
Nathaniel Welch, Senior Manager from CFAR
Naava Frank, Knowledge Communities
Elayne Sheridan, Harvard Business School