A good idea for today and everyday: paraphrasing


Paraphrasing always had a negative connotation for my French ears. Like beating around the bush or repeating things without value. I know a much better meaning now: it’s a cornerstone of listening and learning. I’ve been in this wonderful course from Sam Kaner about facilitation and participatory decision making. Quality stuff! And one of the […]

Me? A lurker? How ignorant of you! I am an empowered listener!


In our networked world, we hear a lot about ‘lurkers’. The 1% rule  (or 90-9-1 principle) reminds us that in any network or community of practice/interest or just discussion group, 1% of the people actively facilitate, organise and manage the space, 10% actively contribute to it and 90% are ‘lurkers’. It’s time to nail this […]

International (knowledge sharing) Women’s Day


Today, 8 March, as every year, it is International Women’s Day. It’s only one day in the year and that’s little. It’s also too much: Why do we need a special day for women? There is a subtle implication – wanted or not – that the remaining 364 days of the year (365 in 2012) […]