Wednesday, February 10, 2021

(Presentation: Perpendicular Realities and Communities after COVID)

Last month I was honored to present a keynote at the Research Group on Collaborative Spaces 5th RGCS Symposium, which focused on collaborative practices, workplaces and communities during the COVID-19 crisis. 

Most of the audience knew me from my coworking research, but I wanted to provide a broader picture of the work and collaboration trends over the past half-century and how they contributed to the unique tensions we see during the present crisis. That meant drawing on various strands of research to identify four changes in work—and how those changes have created winners and losers during COVID.

Perpendicular Realities and Communities after COVID

(Presentation: How do people work in teams?)

Soon I'll be speaking to one of our undergraduate HDO classes about how people work in teams, based on research I've conducted over the last 20+ years—specifically the typology of activities I discuss in All Edge and the basics of activity systems I discuss in Topsight 2.0

Here's the presentation I'll be giving: 

How do people work in teams? A typology of work configurations

(Presentation: Managing Commitments and Expectations)

I've been making several presentations over the past year aimed at working professionals. This one is on how to manage your time while being kind to yourself:

Managing Commitments and Expectations: What to do when There's Not Enough Hours in the Day

(Presentation: What's wrong with my emails?)

I've been making several presentations over the past year aimed at working professionals. This one is on how to improve your email game:

What's wrong with my emails? Communicating Effectively via Email and Other Digital Platforms 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

(Activity theory summer school 2021)

After a year's hiatus due to a little pandemic you may have heard about, we are bringing back the Activity Theory Summer School at University West, Trollhättan in Sweden. This year we'll be going virtual, so you (and I) will not even have to take a flight!

So if you're (a) really interested in Activity Theory and (b) working on a PhD, consider joining us. ATSS is structured as a 7.5-hour course at University West, Trollhättan in Sweden. It runs during the summer (obviously), and the live portion is June 7-11. 

Instructors include Yrjo Engestrom, Anna Sannino, David Allen, Stan Karanasios, and myself. We'll each put on a workshop, discussing theory and history, methodology, analysis, concepts, and case studies. We'll also discuss publishing and (of course) the future of activity theory. We'll also provide students with feedback as they develop their own studies.

It's a really exciting opportunity, and I hope you'll consider joining us!