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  •  learning organizations, culture change, and meta (1+ / 0-)
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    About ten years ago I became interested in the concept of a "learning organization", along with a slew of related topics involving behavior and culture. Peter Senge's work (along with other folks) in thoughtful and deliberate culture change within groups has had a considerable influence on me.

    What we do here at Daily Kos that we call "meta" is an important part of culture change and group learning.

    How participants here respond to meta can offer some insights about Daily Kos' overall culture, its various subcultures, and many aspects of social psychology as well. In recent years I've noticed kossacks grappling with some of the challenges faced by learning organizations. I perceive that some elements of Daily Kos culture have changed, at least partly as a result of meta. I've also seen some of the factors that folks have cited above that tend to perpetuate certain problems.

    For example, in recent months I've noticed several old timers grumble that they are now being chastised for verbal behaviors that (apparently) used to be considered more acceptable. The standards of discourse they cite are direct results of meta conversations. So, I perceive that meta has brought about some change here, slowly, over time.

    Compared to some smaller or more hierarchical or more static organizations, however, Daily Kos faces a bigger challenge from the cultural influence of newcomers. There's more turnover and more new participants who bring cultural standards from "outside" with them. As some folks have commented above, some themes will seem to recur or remain simply because they are re-introduced by external cultural influences.

    I would imagine there might be more to say, but it's lunch time, so that's enough for one comment.

    Thanks again for your contribution. Cheers

    •  I would say you've earned your lunch. Enjoy. n/t (0+ / 0-)

      At least half the future I've been expecting hasn't gotten here yet. Sigh.... (Yes, there's gender bias in my name; no, I wasn't thinking about it when I signed up. My apologies.)

      by serendipityisabitch on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 10:53:24 AM PST

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