Online collaboration via Twitter, Blogs and Slideshare

Posted by  admin —October 9, 2008
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It is amazing what generous offers you get from others when you make your own ideas and ‘work’ available for all to see.

Jack Martin Leith, like me, is a blogger and Open Space Practitioner. Jack picked up my post to Twitter about a slideshow I created following a presentation I delivered to the Geelong College teaching community on Monday.

Jack then viewed my slideshow at Slideshare and provided some great feedback … in fact he built on my ideas and now (after reading the links he provided) I understand my initial ideas more deeply than before!

“I have two points to add. (1) Solutions imply problems, in the way that yes implies no and day implies night. It’s not a shift from problems to solutions, but from problem solving to creating what you want – and making what you want not [“not” got omitted from the comment!] your desired future, but your desired present. Of course, the challenge here is to get all the stakeholders to agree what it is that they collectively want. But it can be done – see for example.” JML

Jack has since added my Slideshow to his own blog in the ‘Featured Slideshow’ sidebar and wrote about the slideshow here. Thanks Jack!

So why I am writing about this? Well, for me, this is about ‘feeling connected’ to others. It’s about meaningful relationships that develop with people that you have never met … and sometimes never will. Whatever happens is the only thing … and often that thing is collaboration, coordination and building on each other’s ideas.

Web 2.0 and social media can criticized for it’s negative impacts, however, this world wide social experiment has profound implications for the way in which we do business and interact with each other.

Here’s the slideshow by the way …




  1. Hello Geoff. I’m a great admirer of your work, and if you were living in the UK, as I am, I’d be wanting to meet you for a beer and a what I’m tempted to call a “proper” conversation. But this is an enjoyable and rewarding interaction – it’s just through a different medium, as you rightly say.

    Here in Bristol I hang out with quite a few Generation Y geeks (e.g., where I’ll be hot desking later today), and these people grew up with computers and the Internet. They don’t seem to make a huge distinction between face-to-face conversations, phone chats (that’s mobile phone of course), “missed call” communication (how many people my age – 58 – use that method?), voicemail, texting (SMS), email, Twitter, IM, Facebook etc. etc. They’re all part of the mix. The social media thing is no big deal to this crowd. Their philosophy seems to be “the tools are there, so let’s use them”.

    The challenge for designers and facilitators of what I call “big collaborative events” – unconferences, Open Space meetings, large group interventions, call them what you will – is to skilfully blend these methods and tools, in such a way that all interested parties are connected, with the topic and with each other, before, during and after the event or events.

    Some Open Space practitioners of the old school are finding this a challenge too far. But I was encouraged by Carmen Pirie’s story about how he combined Open Space with Ning (a platform for creating your own social networking site – and a low-cost camcorder. I’m sure you’ve seen the story, but in case you missed it the URL is (Ah – Tiny URLs … another cool tool!)

    Then there’s my friend and colleague, Ed Mitchell. Ed was previously the facilitator of Knowledgeboard (, the online community of knowledge management professionals that was set up by the European Commission. When Ed left Knowledgeboard a couple of years ago he started a business that helps organisations with what he calls “blended facilitation”, weaving together the best of online with the best of offline tools. Like you, he’s a good and prolific blogger, and I highly recommend his website,

    That’s enough from me I think. This is your website and I’ve had my 15 minutes in the limelight. Please keep writing Geoff, even when it feels like you’re talking to yourself. Because you won’t be. I, for one, will be reading your lovely stuff and, when I have the time and inclination, adding my two cents. Or more!

    Safe travels.


  2. James says:

    do you know your blog is listed on this blackhat site?

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