Can Online Interaction Match some of the Magic of Face-to-Face Collaboration?*
Join this interactive session connecting what we know about face-to-face collaboration and how and why it works with what online dialog, games, berry-picking, wayfinding and other large scale activities can accomplish.
Based on her experience teaming with decision scientists and web developers to explore elements of online collaboration, the facilitator of this session would like to lay out some key conflict resolution theories and brainstorm, in small and large groups, how that magic does or does not scale up—and also what magic might be available at large scales that we don’t see in intimate dialog. This is meant to be an informal, relaxed and fun discussion that will exemplify some of the very magic we are discussing.
I have been training and presenting on collaboration, improv, ethics, listening skills and the interface between science and policy for decades, including at Universities, in nationwide teaching gigs, at conferences and in my day to day work with large groups in public meetings.
Carie Fox is a public policy mediator experienced in resolving complex multi-party disputes. “Public policy” means issues affecting more people than can come to the table—fire suppression policies or plans for future water supply or quarrels about how to allocate resources among senior citizen groups. She is interested in taking the magic of conflict resolution in a relatively intimate, face-to-face setting and scaling it up. She is also actively exploring how to use mediation structures to grapple with uncertainty and risk, which means in turn that she is trying to find ways to ease the interface between lay citizens, bureaucrats and technical experts.