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GUEST BLOG | The Key to Effective Learning? Soap Bubbles! By Eugene Kim

This article was first published on Eugene Kim's blog, Faster Than 2.0.This is part three of a three-part essay on facilitating group learning. Part two of a three-part essay on facilitating group learning. See also part one, Getting real about experiments and learning.” and two, "Documenting Is Not Learning."

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Two months ago, I blogged about my experiment with Dharmishta Rood and the Code for America Incubator, which wraps up in another few months. The goal is to help startups — in this case, a company called PostCode — develop great collaborative habits in its formative stage. The theory is that it’s more effective to build good habits from the start than it is to try to change bad habits later.

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GUEST BLOG | Documenting Is Not Learning by Eugene Kim

This article was first published on Eugene Kim's blog, Faster Than 2.0.This is part two of a three-part essay on facilitating group learning. Part two of a three-part essay on facilitating group learning. See also part one, Getting real about experiments and learning.”

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A few years ago, my friend and colleague, Rebecca Petzelwrote about a participatory art exhibit where the artist asked, “What is transformation?” One of the replies was, “Moving beyond documentation.”

I laugh every time I read this, but I also shake my head. How and why did documentation become so synonymous with learning (or worse, transformation)?

My mentor, Doug Engelbart, always said that the distinguishing characteristic of a high-performance group was its ability to learn and improve. One sign that a group was good at learning was its ongoing care and maintenance of what Doug described as a “dynamic knowledge repository.”

When people asked Doug what a “dynamic knowledge repository” looked like, he always described something digital. That made sense. Among the many things that made Doug a visionary was his recognition that digital technology had the ability to transform the speed at which we act and the quality of those actions. It’s something I still believe wholeheartedly.

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GUEST BLOG: Getting Real About “Experiments” and Learning By Eugene Kim

This article was first published on Eugene Kim's blog, Faster Than 2.0.This is part one of a three-part essay on facilitating group learning and an introduction to our upcoming webinar

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Last year, I went to Cincinnati to visit my sister and her family. My older nephew, Elliott, who was eight at the time, asked if I could help him with his science experiment. He was supposed to pick a project, develop a hypothesis, and run some experiments to prove or disprove it.

Elliott explained to me that earlier that year, he had participated in a pinewood derby and had lost. He wanted to figure out how to make a car that would go faster. I asked him, “What do you think would make the car go faster?”

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Modeling Board Leadership

This month marks the third anniversary of my first Leadership Learning Community board meeting. My memory of what transpired at that meeting has gotten hazy, but I vividly remember what I felt: warmth. Those of you who have met LLC staff or board members know that hugs are standard currency here. I'm not talking about the corporate man hugs that I'm most comfortable delivering. I'm talking genuine, "I'm so glad you're here," embraces. Donna Stark, the board chair, opened the meeting as she opens every meeting: with a welcome and a smile, the virtual equivalent of the LLC premium-special hug. read more »

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