I’ve returned from the US. After Utah, I went to Portland, Oregon, to visit John D Smith and his wife Nancy. John is a cornerstone in the international the community of practice on communities of practice, and a co-founder of CPsquare, which I’ve finally decided to join. Who’s with me starting a Practice Group about Government?
John and I had a great time. We did some sight-seeing, climbed the Astoria Column and such, but also “worked” a bit: I helped John set up MT on the CPsquare server. The result is the new CPsquare Newsblog! John has now also launched a number of blogs for the CPSquare Practice Groups. I hope the blogs take on.
In Portland I rented a car, and I got a free upgrade to a cool Ford Escape small SUV. That was good fun, especially since I on my way up to Seattle, Washington, went by the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, and had some fun mountain driving.
In Seattle I stayed with Nancy White and her nice family in the White House. Nancy is the best online facilitator I know.
Nancy took me along to meet Doug Schuler. I used his classic book in my PhD, and it was great to meet him. He told about his on-foing project, the Public Sphere Project of CPSR, Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. Building Communication Spaces for Civic Intelligence. A Pattern Language for Living Communication. Pattern Evaluation/review. Great stuff. Must connect.
John and Nancy are Mucka-Lotta-Hosts for the First Nachotta Community of Practice MuckAbout about “Distributed Communities of Practice: The Ecology of Support and Leadership”. Good luck guys.