Facilitating Community Collaborations,
Communication, and Lifelong Learning
Through writing, staff training, instructional design, presentations, social media strategies, and consulting, we work collaboratively and creatively to help you address the wicked problems you face in:
*Promoting effective workplace learning and performance (staff training/e-learning)
*Facilitating the successful introduction of new technology into organizations
*Providing engaging instructional design services for dynamic onsite and online learning
*Helping trainers and others hone onsite and online presentation and facilitation skills
*Fostering the development of results-driven leadership skills
*Developing social media strategies
*Facilitating the successful development of community partnerships and collaborations
*Writing and helping others improve their business-, creative-, and grant-writing skills
*Providing consulting/marketing services to build bridges between clients and customers
Technology is the tool. People are the focus. Positive results are the product.
What I'm Doing Now
*Organizing and moderating "The Hidden Garden Steps: From Vision to Reality," a panel discussion with project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher; organizing committee member Licia Wells; and project volunteers Sherry Boschert and Connie Ngarangad for S.H.A.R.P (the Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People) in San Francisco on Monday, July 28, 2014
*Facilitating a four-part webinar series (with two additional online master classes for participants) on "Mastering Online Facilitation" for SEFLIN (Southeast Florida Library Information Network) on Wednesdays from July 30 - August 20, 2014, 1-2 pm ET/10-11 am; registration (for library staff working in the state of Florida only) underway through SEFLIN
*Attending the ASTD/ATD Chapter Leaders Conference in the Washington D.C. area October 9 - 11, 2014 and facilitating a session called "Perfect Blend: Seamlessly Serving Members Onsite and Online."
*Presenting an ALA Editions 90-minute online workshop/webinar, "Community Partnerships: How to Get It Done," on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 beginning at 2:30 pm ET/11:30 am PT.
*Preparing a proposal for a book on developing and completing volunteer-driven community-based projects
As a Contributing Editor for the New Media Consortium blog; most recent posting: "Books, Technology, and Learning: Looking at the Past to See Our Future"
With Licia Wells, as a San Francisco Department of Public Works Street Parks Program steward for the Hidden Garden Steps project in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District after serving as one of three project co-chairs
On the New Media Consortium Horizon Project 2014 Higher Education "Expert Panel" and the Library Edition "Expert Panel"; previous efforts included working with New Media Consortium staff to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2011, 2012, and 2013 Higher Education editions, and a new NMC advisory board that helped create the organization's first Technology Outlook>Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges 2013-2018 report. I also participated in the 2013 New Media Consortium Horizon Project Summit>The Future of Education held in Austin, Texas and the 2014 Horizon Project Wiki-Thon
On the San Francisco Parks Alliance Policy Council (February - December 2014)
*Creating online learning opportunities with Captivate (includes closed captioning) and other online tools
*Assisting a variety of clients and colleagues in exploring and using innovations in blended (onsite-online) learning and personal learning networks with social media and other platforms, including through massive open online courses (MOOCs), through virtual office hours in online courses, and as an onsite social media instructor
*Working with clients and prospective clients to schedule other presentations, courses, webinars, and workshops for the second half of 2014, and also participating in live #lrnchat sessions via Twitter (Thursdays, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT) and Maurice Coleman's biweeky T is for Training podcasts (alternate Fridays, 2 pm ET/11 am PT; programs are archived online) as time allows
Workplace Learning & Leadership, a staff training guide co-written with Lori Reed for ALA Editions to highlight examples of trainers as successful leaders within their organizations (April 2011); online excerpts available
New nonfiction and fiction book proposals under development; seeking agent to represent these projects
"Books, Technology, and Learning: Looking at the Past to See Our Future," published on the New Media Consortium blog June 11, 2014, explores the idea of MOOCs (massive open online courses) as a form of textbook.
Location, Location, and Location: Hanging Out and Learning with Samantha Adams Becker and ATD, published on my Building Creative Bridges blog May 17, 2014, documents how to use Google Hangouts to create a highly interactive blended (onsite-online) learning experience.
"MOOCs: Two Takes on How Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) May Affect Librarians and Library Services," published in the May 2014 issue of American Libraries, offers a point-counterpoint forma on the topic (co-written by Amanda Hovious).
Hanging Out with the Tech Crowd, published on the American Libraries blog January 25, 2014, documents how a "networking uncommons" at a conference became a dynamic informal learning site for trainer-teacher-learners interested in discussing and trying new technology.
Selected Free Learning Resources for You
A bibliography with annotations to resources for anyone interested in improving online presenation and facilitation skills; includes links to presentation software reviews, books on online presentation skills, and articles on the topic
Updated July 23, 2014
PCI Webinar -- July 2014
American Library Association Annual Conference Presentation (Learning Round Table) -- June 2014
Las Vegas, NV
PCI Webinar -- June 2014
"Learning to Learn: Tips for Thriving in Tech Training" (Video)
This 11-minute presentation, prepared with Captivate and posted on YouTube for learners who are about to tackle any new tech tool, addresses the challenges of overcoming unfamiliarity with these tools and the need for help with the learning process itself. It is also designed to demonstrate how trainer-teacher-learners can address the challenges their learners face.
Online Demonstration -- October 2013
"Community and Collaboration in an Onsite-Online World: An Annotated Bibliography"
A visual bibliography with annotations to resources for anyone who is currently involved in or wants to be involved in building communities and fostering successful collaborations: communities of learning, communities of practice, online communities, and a variety of others
Updated March 19, 2013
“The core transaction of any consultant contract is the transfer of expertise
from the consultant to the client.”
--Peter Block, Flawless Consulting
Used by permission of the author