This is a recording and transcript of a dialogue between me and Sophie Docker about Working for Transformation, a training led by Miki Kashtan, 12-14 June 2018 in Stroud, UK. Sophie is organising the training. Continue reading Working for Transformation: dialogue with Sophie Docker
I’m excited to announce two new training courses under the #dareconf banner:
- Go beyond either-or to transform work relationships into partnerships
- Lead a group into shared power by playing the role of facilitator
For the last 18 months I’ve been offering evening courses on techniques that encourage a mindset of abundance—eg, active listening and peer coaching. (If you’re interested you can read the story of how they came about.)
Based on what I’ve learned from running these courses, I’m now offering daytime courses with the intention that employers will pay for them. They each consist of 4 weekly sessions of 2½ hours in central London. Registration closes on 7 April. Continue reading New training courses: transform work relationships into partnerships, lead a group into shared power
What would it take to publish content that’s:
- works for users, and
- is efficient to produce?
Not just once, but repeatedly. Not just when we’re working on our own, but when our projects involve many people.
It’s not a case of “fixing” the content. The key attributes of effective content don’t live in the content itself. Pointing at effective content doesn’t make it appear on your website… And the key attributes of effective content don’t live in your user, either. Their experience is affected by it, but they don’t influence it…
We need to look at the team behind the content. The key attributes of effective content live in the team that creates it. Not just the writers and editors, but everyone who contributes to or is affected by the content. So the question becomes, how can we support teams to produce effective content? This isn’t about getting “better” stakeholders, it’s about supporting the stakeholders we have to work together effectively. How can we do that? Continue reading To collaborate on content, go beyond arguments to find an approach that works for everyone
This winter I tried something new: I organised an event in the “gift economy” style. Inspired by ancient gift cultures, gift economy means offering an event (or other work) as a gift instead of exchanging it directly for money. At the end of the event people connect with their gratitude and give in a way that fits for them—either with money or with non-monetary gifts. The idea is to promote community, connection, and gratitude by moving away from transactions. Continue reading Build community by organising events in the “gift economy” style
I’m leading a new evening course where people learn to create safe spaces using techniques from facilitation, conflict resolution, and improvisational theatre. Instead of charging a fee, I’m offering the course “gift economy” style. Continue reading Learn practices for building trust in groups: my new gift-economy-style evening course
Why You Want a Code of Conduct & How We Made One by Erin Kissane
Practical guide to creating a code of conduct for your conference (or community), from someone who has actually done it.
It’s almost a year since I organised #dareconf, the people skills conference. We’re back for a second year on 22-23 September, redesigned from the ground up—backstory if you’re interested—and I’m excited to show you the results. The pitch is “skills to help you work together”: Continue reading Take part in #dareconf—the people skills conference—from anywhere
I distilled what I’ve learned organising #dareconf, the London Agile Content Meetup, and face-to-face workshops into two 90-minute live webinars on agile content and people skills.
You can attend online in July (details below). Update: you can now watch a 3-minute taster video and buy the recording for £90.
We’re bringing #dareconf—people skills for digital workers—back to London on 22-23 September 2014, the second annual event. I’m excited to announce the programme.