Inspiring You to Develop Opportunities Through

Community Collaborations and Lifelong Learning


I'm Paul Signorelli, a results-driven San Francisco-based writer, trainer, instructional designer, presenter, social media strategist, and consultant with more than 20 years of experience working with a variety of companies, organizations, and community groups. My associates and I:

*Help people successfully develop opportunities; we work together to foster effective onsite and online training-teaching-learning, community collaborations, and other creative endeavors

*Tell stories designed to engage learners and those involved in community collaborations

*Listen to others so we can help them hear the meaningful things they are saying

*Write to document and inspire success in learning and collaborative efforts and to explore innovations in lifelong learning

*Believe that when we seamlessly combine work and play, we are capable of producing magnificent acts of transformation


            Inspiration                                    Facilitation                    Results Worth Sharing

Paul Signorelli & Associates

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Responses to Recent Presentations

"It was so awesome. Someone today in another meeting brought up a point you had already a ripple effect!

--From "Learning for the Future: Habits of Mind and Teaching for Life Skills" session for faculty at Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA, October 2015

"Outstanding session. Thank you for being so focused on being interactive. Awesome!"

--From "Levels of Engagement: Attracting, Placing, and Retaining Volunteers" session at ATD (Association for Talent Development) Chapter Leaders Conference, Washington, D.C. area, October 2015

"Thank you so much for an excellent, interactive session!...The interaction between you and [co-facilitator] Maurice [Coleman] was such a perfect method of demonstrating how all of this works - and how easy it is that they should all try it."

--From "Playing With Collaborative Tools Online" session via a Google Hangout for a live audience onsite at the Northeast Kansas Library System's Innovation Day, April 2015

" have been the most engaging teacher of any on-line course that I have ever experienced. You certainly put a lot of time into responding to each person's post with more than just a cursory acknowledgement. I have truly gotten more from this particular class than I have in a long list of classes that I have taken online. So thanks for what you are doing."

--From learner in "Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities" online course, November 2015


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Recent Reflections on Innovative Learning Spaces

"Naming Opportunities: Library and Non-Library Learning Spaces," published on my "Building Creative Bridges" blog November 17, 2015, explores the dynamically changing nature of learning spaces within libraries and many other learning organizations.

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Current Projects/Activities

*Scheduling additional onsite and online presentations, webinars, and online courses for the first half of 2016

*Facilitating four-week online “Rethinking Social Media to Organize Information and Communities” course for ALA Editions November 2-December 6, 2015 (no coursework during Thanksgiving week)

*Serving as principle consultant on a membership promotion project for the American Library Association

*Working, as needed, for Studio 5 Consulting colleague Jesse Lee Eller on short-term instructional-design projects

*Serving on judging panel for ATD South Florida Chapter 11th Annual Champions of Learning Awards; ceremony honoring nominees and winners to be held December 8, 2015

*Attending/participating in activities at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Boston January 8 - 12, 2016

*Facilitating "Extending Our Collaborative Partnerships With Community Members Face to Face and Online" session for PCI Webinars Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm ET/10:30 am PT; registration, when open, will take place on the PCI Webinars site; additional webinars to be announced soon for February/March 2016

*Facilitating "Ed-Tech Trends: Identifying and Incorporating Them Into Your Workplace" session at the ATD (Association for Talent Development) International Conference & Exposition in Denver in May 2016

*Attending/participating in the New Media Consortium 2016 Summer Conference in Rochester, NY June 14 - 16, 2016

*Serving as principle consultant on volunteer recruitment, orientation, and placement (Ambassador Program) for the American Library Association Annual Conference in Orlando June 23 - 28, 2016

*Exploring trends and innovation in teaching-training-learning, educational technology, and community collaborations in my Building Creative Bridges blog; also occasionally providing updates, through a Friends of the Hidden Garden Steps blog, on how volunteers continue to foster a sense of community and collaboration through that Hidden Garden Steps project here in San Francisco

*Participating in live #lrnchat sessions via Twitter (Thursdays, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT); Maurice Coleman's biweeky T is for Training podcasts (alternate Fridays, 2 pm ET/11 am PT; programs are archived online); and #etmooc online learning sessions as time allows

*Contributed to peer-reviewed article ("What Makes a cMOOC Community Endure? Multiple Participant Perspectives From Diverse cMOOCs") published in Educational Media International June 19, 2015

*Contributed chapter on "Infinite [Lifelong] Learning" to Sandra Hirsh's newly released Information Services Today: An Introduction (Rowman & Littlefield, March 2015), and have other individual and co-written pieces in progress

*Continuing to actively promote my published work through my Author Page

*Starting to write a book on developing and completing volunteer-driven community-based projects and am beginning to seek a publisher


As a Contributing Editor for the New Media Consortium blog; most recent posting: "EdTech Continuous Change and Innovation: Nesting With Black Swans"

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 2016 Higher Education "Expert Panel" and the 2015 Library Edition "Expert Panel"; previous efforts included working with New Media Consortium staff to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Higher Education editions, the 2014 Library Edition, 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; the 2014 Horizon Project Wiki-Thon; and 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Project (Black Swan Ball) Retreat in Austin.

*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 learning faciliator


Presentations/Facilitated Sessions (2015)

ALA Editions (online sessions/courses/panel-discussion participant)


American Library Association Annual Conference/Library and Information Technology Association (San Francisco, CA)

American Library Association Ambassador Program (online and onsite orientation sessions for volunteers)

ATD--Association for Talent Development--Chapter Leaders Conference (Arlington, VA)

#etmooc--Educational Technology & Media MOOC learning community (facilitated/co-facilitated tweet chats)

KIPA--Knowledge & Information Professional Association--Conference (Denton, TX)

Library of Virginia Directors' Meeting (Richmond, VA)

NEKLS--Northeast Kansas Library System--Innovation Day virtual presentation via Google Hangout

New Media Consortium Summer Conference (Washington, D.C.)

New Media Consortium (online panel-discussion participant)

PCI Webinars (multiple online sessions)

Saint Mary's College of California session for faculty (Moraga, CA)

Virginia Library Association Annual Conference (Richmond, VA)



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

Contributor to 101 More Ways to Make Training Active (Elaine Biech, editor; April 2015)

Contributor ("Infinite Learning," a chapter on fostering lifelong learning through libraries and other information organizations) to Information Services Today: An Introduction (Sandra Hirsh, editor; March 2015)

Contributor to The Book of Road-Tested Activities (Elaine Biech, editor; May 2011); online excerpts available

New nonfiction and fiction book proposals under development;

seeking agent to represent these projects


Recent Articles

"EdTech Continuous Change and Innovation: Nesting With Black Swans," published on the New Media Consortium blog July 22, 2015, explores ongoing efforts to better prepare ourselves for unexpected edtech developments and events.

"What Makes a cMOOC Community Endure? Multiple Participant Perspectives From Diverse cMOOCs," published in Educational Media International, by Routledge, June 19, 2015, explores some of the reasons cMOOC communities of learning endure and thrive past official course end dates. Maha Bali served as lead writer; I contributed with MOOC colleagues Maureen Crawford, Rhonda Jessen, and Mia Zamora.

"Open Innovations: #etmooc, Connected Learning, and 'MOOChorts' of Lifelong Learners," published on the New Media Consortium blog September 30, 2014, documents the informal formation of lifelong-learning cohorts centered around participation in connectivist massive open online courses (MOOCs).

"Be Ready for the Learning Space of the Future," published on the ATD Learning Technologies blog August 14, 2014, documents innovations in learning spaces, with a focus on case studies from the New Media Consortium 2014 Summer [ed-tech] Conference and other sources.

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Selected Free Learning Resources for You

"Training-Teaching-Learning: State of the Industry (Summer 2015)"
This session, prepared and delivered for PCI Webinars in July 2015, begins with a brief survey of ATD (Association for Talent Development) reports on the state of the training-teaching-learning industry, then continues with highlights of several current topics including the science of learning, learning to learn in our changing online environments, the continuing evolution of massive open online courses, adaptive learning technologies, flexible learning spaces, and more.

(PowerPoint Presentation)

"Blend It 2015: Using Technology to Create Onsite/Online Learning Spaces"

This session, prepared for an American Library Association Annual Conference LITA presentation in June 2015, continues explorations on bringing onsite and online colleagues together via social media tools including Google Hangouts and Twitter.

(PowerPoint Presentation)

"Continuous Change & Innovation: Dealing With Black Swans"

This session, prepared with Samantha Becker for the New Media Consortium Summer [ed-tech] Conference in Washington, D.C., focuses on preparing for the unexpected in educational technology developments.

June 11, 2015

(PowerPoint Presentation)

"T is for Training: A Conversation About Careers in Training-Teaching-Learning"

Episode 158 of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training hour-long podcasts for trainer-teacher-learners engaged a few of us in a conversation about how others can pursue the career we have chosen--and enjoy. (You'll have to listen to the podcast to find out why Maurice puckishly gave this episode the title "These People Are Dead; Let's Move On.") A comment from T is for Training colleague Jill Hurst-Wahl (director of the Syracuse University library and information science & LIS with school and media specialization programs): "This is an excellent podcast for MSLIS students [and] for current LIS professionals, because it may spark ideas around professional development."

March 20, 2015

(Archived Audiorecording)

"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

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is the transfer of expertise from the consultant to the client.”

--Peter Block, Flawless Consulting
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