Author Archives: John

About John

Interested in how information intersects daily life, technology, and art. Collaboration specialist, working in social and collaborative media. Biomedical Informaticist, focusing on patient/patient, patient/provider communication.

Making a Great Good Place

In The Great Good Place 1 Ray Oldenburg looks at several types of real life places (such as cafe’s, coffeehouses, the local pub) and distills what makes them great and why we need them. The notion of a third place, … Continue reading

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A look at the law and numbers, Metcalf, Reed, Dunbar, and others

In order to understand the value and power of networks, such as a community, a number of individuals have come up with equations and analysis. It’s worth a bit of time to understand what they are talking about and how … Continue reading

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Flourish at 3 Positive to 1 Negative Posts – The Losada Zone

Marcial Losada has looked at how people communicate, finding those groups that flourish have 3 positive statements to every negative statement.  How does your group measure up?  Here are some details to check out: Positive statements are those where “speaking … Continue reading

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Election Year, Online Communities, And Keeping the Peace

With 10% of adults and 30% of those under 30 using social networks to discuss politics in the last US presidential election (1), it shouldn’t be any wonder that these topics may appear in an online community this year.  Should … Continue reading

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Online Support Group Membership, Opportunity?

In a 2011 study* it was found few patients end up participating in organized support groups. ~10% go to face-to-face groups and 4% go online. However, more than 50% of patients do contact a peer they know.  They have a … Continue reading

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