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The Space Between ... Action Research and Social Media

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A presentation that I didn't get to finish as I mis judged the time totally! …

A presentation that I didn't get to finish as I mis judged the time totally!
This presentation was designed to make links between Action Learning/Research and the practical use of Social Media applications. A key message was this ... "it's the emergence of new social behaviours that is important to focus on and learn from ,,, not the technology itself".

From my own perspective, if you let-go and use social media like blogs and Twitter, you will spend more time reflecting and learning from your own action.

I had hoped to engage the group in a discussion about how "they" could apply social media applications in an Action Learning or Action Research context ... that discussion never happened!

Geoff

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  • So over the years I have had years of practice in Action learning … holding up the mirror …
  • And in search of best practice ways to bring about behavioiur change … in searching for the magic levers … I realised that in my field of practice that everything is COMPLEX and you have to …
  • I’ll get some practical ideas on HOW we need to work and shift our mindset when dealing with Complex Adaptive systems
  • In each, action informs reflection and is informed by it. The reflection produces the learning (in action learning) or research (in action research). Think of both learning and research as understanding. In both, the action is changed as a result of the learning/research, and leads to more learning/research.
  • Action Learning/Research can be both supported by the Social Media space and tool ANDThe use of Social Media in action is driving new behaviours and social practices that support critical reflection and experiential learning
  • Wikipedia 100 million hours of thoughtTV watching – 200 billion last year … 100 million watching adverts just last weekendThis is the cognitive surplus that Web 2.0 taps intoBut working with this cognitive surplus is what? COMPLEX
  • Wikipedia 100 million hours of thoughtTV watching – 200 billion last year … 100 million watching adverts just last weekendThis is the cognitive surplus that Web 2.0 taps intoBut working with this cognitive surplus is what? COMPLEX
  • Wikipedia 100 million hours of thoughtTV watching – 200 billion last year … 100 million watching adverts just last weekendThis is the cognitive surplus that Web 2.0 taps intoBut working with this cognitive surplus is what? COMPLEX
  • Wikipedia 100 million hours of thoughtTV watching – 200 billion last year … 100 million watching adverts just last weekendThis is the cognitive surplus that Web 2.0 taps intoBut working with this cognitive surplus is what? COMPLEX
  • Dan Pink – Need both halves of the brainLeft analyticRight creativeQ. ua;g;aio
  • Wikipedia 100 million hours of thoughtTV watching – 200 billion last year … 100 million watching adverts just last weekendThis is the cognitive surplus that Web 2.0 taps intoBut working with this cognitive surplus is what? COMPLEX
  • Wikipedia 100 million hours of thoughtTV watching – 200 billion last year … 100 million watching adverts just last weekendThis is the cognitive surplus that Web 2.0 taps intoBut working with this cognitive surplus is what? COMPLEX
  • Studies the relationships b/w media – technology- social behaviourCollective Action is amplified by social mediaEvery web enabled device is like printing press … a radio station … but it’s not the technologiesIt’s the new social practices emerging
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • By the way, in complex work … where outcomes are not predictable … another human factor comes into play.… At the same time our political and business rhetoric says that ‘everyone’ needs step and show leadership … be innovative … try new things in these complex times’. BUT our culture is so much about control and pulling levers to deliver outcomes with ever diminshing resources …
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • By the way, in complex work … where outcomes are not predictable … another human factor comes into play.… At the same time our political and business rhetoric says that ‘everyone’ needs step and show leadership … be innovative … try new things in these complex times’. BUT our culture is so much about control and pulling levers to deliver outcomes with ever diminshing resources …
  • By the way, in complex work … where outcomes are not predictable … another human factor comes into play.… At the same time our political and business rhetoric says that ‘everyone’ needs step and show leadership … be innovative … try new things in these complex times’. BUT our culture is so much about control and pulling levers to deliver outcomes with ever diminshing resources …
  • By the way, in complex work … where outcomes are not predictable … another human factor comes into play.… At the same time our political and business rhetoric says that ‘everyone’ needs step and show leadership … be innovative … try new things in these complex times’. BUT our culture is so much about control and pulling levers to deliver outcomes with ever diminshing resources …
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • Which domain is behaviour change in? Crowd to call out
  • By the way, in complex work … where outcomes are not predictable … another human factor comes into play.… At the same time our political and business rhetoric says that ‘everyone’ needs step and show leadership … be innovative … try new things in these complex times’. BUT our culture is so much about control and pulling levers to deliver outcomes with ever diminshing resources …
  • By the way, in complex work … where outcomes are not predictable … another human factor comes into play.… At the same time our political and business rhetoric says that ‘everyone’ needs step and show leadership … be innovative … try new things in these complex times’. BUT our culture is so much about control and pulling levers to deliver outcomes with ever diminshing resources …
  • By the way, in complex work … where outcomes are not predictable … another human factor comes into play.… At the same time our political and business rhetoric says that ‘everyone’ needs step and show leadership … be innovative … try new things in these complex times’. BUT our culture is so much about control and pulling levers to deliver outcomes with ever diminshing resources …
  • For innovation to flourish in a country or a place, requires the contribution of many actors, from universities, to corporates, to small companies, to public sector institutions etc. However looking at the supposed innovation in most countries, there is a at best a multihub network where universities, governments and corporates have undue power. I would argue that good ideas come from anywhere and we need a much more distributed (along the lines of picture c above) economic and social landscape to allow these to flourish. This has numerous implications for intellectual property regimes and other structures which are more than enough for another blog post so I won’ t go into that here.
  • Transcript

    • 1. TheSPACEBetween
      Action Learning Action Research Assoc. 2009
    • 2.
    • 3.
    • 4.
    • 5. Markus Angermeier Source: http://kosmar.de/archives/2005/11/11/the-huge-cloud-lens-bubble-map-web20/
    • 6.
    • 7. Markus Angermeier Source: http://kosmar.de/archives/2005/11/11/the-huge-cloud-lens-bubble-map-web20/
    • 8.
    • 9.
    • 10. Anglesea NEIP
    • 11.
    • 12.
    • 13.
    • 14. ?
    • 15. Known
    • 16. Known
      Simple & Complicated
    • 17. Complex
    • 18. Complex
      Not Known
    • 19. Unpredictable
    • 20. Multiple Feedback Loops
    • 21. Complex
      Complicated
    • 22. Cynefin
      Dave Snowden@CognitiveEdge
    • 23.
    • 24.
    • 25.
    • 26. Action
      Critical Reflection
    • 27. “The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates (470-399 BCE)
    • 28. “A process in which a group of people come together to help each other to learn from their experience.”
      ALARA Website
      Action Learning
    • 29. “Seeks to remove the gap between deciders and doers.”
      ALARA Website
      Action Research
    • 30. “Seeks to remove the gap between deciders and doers.”
      ALARA Website
      “Together they decide what is to be done.”
      ALARA Website
      Action Research
    • 31. “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?”
      Bishop George Berkeley (1685 – 1753)
    • 32. “If a person has an Ah-Ha! moment in ‘action’ and no one ever builds on it, did it even happen in the first place?”
      Geoff Brown
    • 33.
    • 34.
    • 35.
    • 36. What FACTS and pieces of information do you remember?
      A Debrief discussion of Clay Shirky’s 2009 presentation to the
      TED Conference
    • 37. What FACTS and pieces of information do you remember?
      What was new or surprising?
    • 38. What FACTS and pieces of information do you remember?
      What was new or surprising?
      What implications does this have for experiential learning?
    • 39. Institutions
      Coordination
      Produce & Share
      Watch & Consume
    • 40. Institutions
      Coordination
      Produce & Share
      Watch & Consume
      Web 2.0
      Web 1.0
    • 41. Institutions
      Coordination
      Produce & Share
      Watch & Consume
    • 42. Institutions
      Coordination
      Produce & Share
      Watch & Consume
    • 43. Institutions
      Coordination
      Produce & Share
      Watch & Consume
    • 44. Institutions
      Coordination
    • 45.
    • 46.
    • 47. “We make meaning out of information through conversations” Clay Shirky
    • 48. “Try lots and lots of new things and fail informatively so you can find a skull on a pikestaff somewhere”
      Clay Shirky
    • 49.
    • 50. “Certain technologies can amplify collective action.” Howard Rheingold
    • 51. “But it’s not the technology ... it’s the emerging social practices” Howard Rheingold
    • 52.
    • 53. Blogs in Plain English
    • 54. Action
      Critical Reflection
    • 55. Geoff Brown’s 2009 Social Media Snapshot …
    • 56. skype
    • 57. yes!andspacemy blog
    • 58. Podcasts our interviews
    • 59. posterousanother blog
    • 60. twittermicroblogging
    • 61. wikifor professional development
    • 62. wikifor community projects
    • 63. Groupsitestribes
    • 64. YouTubemy videos
    • 65. slidesharemy slideshows
    • 66. flickrmy pictures
    • 67. delicious my bookmarks
    • 68. Google feedreader
    • 69. Google accounts
    • 70. facebookjust because!?
    • 71. tangenthome page
    • 72. Benefits for me
      & others
    • 73. Entrepreneurs
      A fun game where participant’s are invited to ‘suspend judgment’ of Social Media applications like Twitter … and in small groups propose Action Learning &/or Action Research applications in the form of a pitch or proposal for funding.
    • 74. Centralised
      Spoke & Hub
      Distributed
    • 75. 1 more thing
    • 76. 1 more thing
    • 77.
    • 78.
    • 79. Thankyou
      Geoff Brown
      www.tangentconsulting.com.au
    • 80. The Fine Print and Acknowledgements
      Thanks to Hugh McLeod for creating such accessible and wonderful comics - http://www.gapingvoid.com/
      Thanks to friend and colleague Simon Kneebone for all of his great cartoons and ideas
      Thanks to Mark Earls for writing the book Herd and making the concepts of complexity and behaviour change make sense to me! Mark’s blog is here - http://herd.typepad.com/herd_the_hidden_truth_abo/
      Thanks to Dave Snowden over at Cognitive Edge for the Cynefin Framework and stories about 10 y.o. boys birthday parties on his podcasts. Dave’s blog is here - http://www.cognitive-edge.com/blogs/dave/
      Thanks to VivMcWaters for providing me the inspiration to pursue all this stuff AND for her own writings on her blog over here - http://vivmcwaters.com.au/
      Thanks to FarisJakob for his presentation Be Nice or Leave (I lifted a few slides from you) - http://www.slideshare.net/farisyakob
      Thanks to crew at NESTA Connect this great blog post on Valuing Networks - http://blogs.nesta.org.uk/connect/2008/12/connecting-dots-and-valuing-networks.html
      Thanks to Clay Shirky (http://www.shirky.com/weblog/) and Howard Rheingold (http://www.rheingold.com/) for their books and blogs and ideas
      Thanks to Karl Fish for his great Slideshow Video Did You Know (and for the use of the some of the slides) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMcfrLYDm2U
      … and finally thanks to Garr Reynolds for Presentation Zen. Without it I’m afraid all of the slides would look like slide # 28

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