Learning & Networking News (December 2010)

December 15, 2010 | bit-wartung | Methods & Tools |


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In this visually stunning animation video, Steven Johnson reflects on where ideas com from and in what environments they are stimulated or restrained.

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A few weeks ago, the people at IngeniousPeoplesKnowledge have published a Facilitation Handbook. They describe it as follows:

The Handbook explains our own, particular approach to change processes, that builds on the idea of looking at social groups and institutions as complex systems. It contains various sections: starting with a brief general outline of how we believe we can deal with complex systems in a change context, it then draws practical conclusions on designing and delivering change events (such as workshops, meetings, conferences, …) – in particular in terms of the architecture of such events; it then creates an overview over methods and tools which allow to select and assemble them into a meaningful order that directs the event towards results.

The Handbook is has been published under a creative common license and can be downloaded for free: IPK Facilitation Handbook.


In SDC’s international work environment, e-collaboration tools allow people living on different hemispheres to share their experiences and collaborate on the same projects and topics. But such tools are not yet familiar to everybody, and few people do it naturally without external encouragement; well-trained facilitators are therefore crucial for the success of online collaboration. From 9th to 27th May 2011, Agridea International offers a 3-week online training course on e-facilitation that aims to empower participants to bring out the best of online discussions and e-collaboration.

You can find further information and a flyer with the detailed program on the agridea’s event page.


We all know how fast our email inboxes get clogged with hundreds of emails if we don’t dedicate enough time to regular clearance. However not all of us know that we can let Outlook do a big part of this clearance automatically. SDC’s dlgn network has written a step-by-step tutorial on the use filter rules to organize you email inbox in Microsoft Outlook. Feel free to download it here!


Infographics offer a fascinating way to represent complex data, information or knowledge in visual form. Most people think of Excel pie-charts and animated bar graphics in Powerpoint presentations when they hear the word, but there is much more to this field than this. Infographics can be complex visualisations of multidimensional data sets, or they can be simple images explaining a process, they can be interactive or static, they can be very technical or fancy and colourful. The main goal all infographics have in common however is to explain a phenomenon in a faster, more attractive and more understandable way than text-only documents would have managed.  Here’s a small selection of inspirational infographics on social media as found on the internet that visualize interesting and sometimes surprising facts…

(These images are only cutouts from larger graphics; click for full view.)

The Blogosphere:  The Demographics of Blogging.


The Evolution of Email.

The Evolution of Email

Gender Balance on Social Networking Sites.

Gender Balance in Social Madia

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