An Interview with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach

Connected Educators, Apr 05, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Purpose, size and social artistry - these are among the essentials of online community described by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach in this interview outlining the development of the Powerful Learning Practice online communities. "I’d really caution developers to not become fixated on size and numbers," she says. "You really need to think about quality and whether you have the right people on the bus, not necessarily the most people." Also worth mention is the idea of distributed leadership, discussed in the latter part of the interview. "Ideally, you’re bringing back diverse thinking, helping achieve what Frans Johansson calls 'the Medici Effect': the idea that true diversity produces true innovation." This is the best overview of Nussbaum-Beach's work I've seen, and is worthy of careful attention.
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