Monday, October 12, 2009

Looking over each other's shoulders

The Kehilliyot CoP is exploring ways we can “look over each other's shoulders” to learn about community facilitation from the practice of peers. We are grateful to Darim Online, who recently invited Kehilliyot members to join the webinar "Foundations of Social Media" to learn about how Darim presents to their CoP members.

Several Kehilliyot members, including myself, joined Lisa and Caren on the webinars. We found it enlightening and useful. We learned alot from watching how Darim used the Webex software to share the desktop, use PowerPoint, and chat -- all in real time -- thus keeping up a variety of stimulating modes of conversation and interaction. The Webinar showed us some great examples of how some organizations are succesfully using social media.

One interesting concept we took away from the seminar was the notion of official and unofficial "outposts". Our Facebook profiles, Twitter feeds and other accounts on third party social networking sites are all examples of “official outposts.” When we comment on someone else’s blog, in their space, we are creating an “unofficial outpost.”

Participants felt they learned quite a bit from the session. Naomi Less (Storahtelling, Evaded Issues in Jewish Education,
Jewish Chicks Rock) said, “Amazing call.. I learned a great great deal. I was also struck by the "outpost" concept.”

Thanks Lisa and Caren. Great job! If you want to find out more contact them at For information about becoming a Darim member, check out


  1. Glad so many people were able to join us! I welcome any and all reflections, suggestions and comments to help make these webinars as rich and fruitful for the community as possible!

  2. From a practice perspective, it was quite instructive to observe how Lisa Colton and Caren Levine worked together; Lisa as the presenter and Caren as the host. Caren's activities "behind the scenes" included welcoming new arrivals to the webinar in chat, taking notes in chat and real time posting of links to the various resources Lisa mentioned in the webinar.

  3. Thanks, Phil. We make a good team. Yesterday Caren was presenting and I was the host. The greatest responsibility was being a detective to figure out whose line had the annoying background noise, so I could mute that one person, and not everyone, which would have radically changed the experience. Teamwork is key!

  4. Teamwork is also a lot of fun when you have the right chemistry. There is a sense of trust and comfort with your partner and with the participating community.

    It's great to hear that people find this technique useful - and even better that others shared resources with the community on their own. Makes it all the more funner!

    Thanks to those who participated in the webinar. We were so happy to have you!