When you need to learn more about communities & collaboration, you start to notice that it's difficult find signal amongst the noise. There's a lot of punditry and opinion among a mixed set of industries, from marketing & social media, to online and offline communities, to civic & economic growth, to urban development & more. It's a mess!
Instead of having to stumble around in the dark, I've long wished for a place to go to find essays, books, videos, and even academic source about community building, design thinking, collaboration, business, & leadership.
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"A lot of what I do is building, managing, and empowering both online and offline communities across different countries. Alex's resources have been full of useful ideas and best practices. Across the board what I found really useful is how grounded they are in real experiences. I found the links, readings, and videos to be well-curated and targeted, helping me filter out the noise from the signals in the community-building literature." - Annie Lin, Global Education Program Manager at the Wikimedia Foundation.
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Collins, A. Joseph, D., & Bielaczyc, K. (2004). “Design Research: Theoretical and Methodological Issues” The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 13.1, 15-42. https://dl-web.dropbox.com/get/Public/Coliving%20Research/1466931.pdf?w=5b516756
Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1990). Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper & Row.
Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2003). Good Business: Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning. New York: Viking.
Dweck, C. (2000). Self-Theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development. Psychology Press.
Edelson, D. C., & Joseph, D. M. “The Interest-Driven Learning Design Framework: Motivating Learning Through Usefulness.” ICLS '04 Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Learning Sciences, 166-173.