Archives for November 2009

Magical moments in story telling and collaboration at TED India

I just watched three presentations from TED India, held earlier this month.  Presentations from that conference are just now being released to the world.  There are more to choose from.  All of these videotaped presentations are under 20 minutes in length.  They are the highest quality.  Each tells a story.  Each tells it in a […]

The Futurist: Finding your way in a reshaped Social Sector

Just finished reading a new research paper, Convergence: How Five Trends Will Reshape the Social Sector.  The research was commissioned by the The James Irvine Foundation of California.  The researchers, La Piana Consulting identified five key trends that they believe have significant implications for the future of not-for-profit organizations. I discovered the research via Sylvia […]

Wordcamp Victoria 2009: 25 Reasons it was an outstanding event

Last Saturday, I was a participant in WordCamp Victoria 2009, held at the Victoria campus of University Canada West.  WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress, the popular open-source blogging software.  WordCamps are informal, community-organized events, organized around the world.  Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to […]

Including the "gutter" will help authenticate your organization's story

Scott McCloud understands what makes comics tick.  He’s gained that insight through his work as a comic artist, and his ongoing exploration into the why comics work.  I’ve read a couple of his books Understanding Comics (his best known book and which I highly recommend) and Re-inventing Comics.  His storytelling has shifted to the online […]

10 Metaphors for a Mediator on the journey to settlement

Mediators help people in conflict find their common ground, and build consensus on how to resolve/settle their conflict.  The journey to settlement can follow any number of paths.  Metaphor provides one way that mediators think about their role in that journey. There is much potential with a metaphor.  More than invoking minor changes in behaviour […]