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"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" ~ Guy de Maupassant ~

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Bitten by the Blog-bug

I think I got another person infected with the blog-bug. Alex is a Working Anthropologist at Pitney Bowes - I've been working with her team for over a year on projects in India.  After months of emailing and conference calls, we developed a blog for team communications. The blog has evolved into our creative playground and a shared brainspace for the project, as thoughts feed off each other to create new connections and ideas.

We're currently working on submitting an abstract for a joint paper on how we used the blog (and other social tools like Skype) for remote collaboration and how it gave us this brainspace for creative collaboration and enabled flows, at Epic 2005.    

Yesterday morning I was so pleasantly surprised to see this note in the wiki we have set up to develop the paper :

"Anyway, all this talk about social tools has gotten me on the bandwagon...I set up a blog last night! Not sure it is ready for prime time, but I put the link in my profile here if you want to take a look.. "

Way to go Alex ... am sure you're going to love the ride.   Visit A Visible City - there's already a lot of stuff up displaying her approach to anthropology and she has some nice links to reading matter and papers. 

"Welcome to my blog...I expect it will be a reflection of my interests, which include anthropology, design, innovation, workpractice, and the consumer experience. As a practicing anthropologist, I take a special interest in research methods and ways of collaborating, though what attracts my attention falls into a very broad spectrum." 

Now we've got to get her on the RSS bandwagon :)

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