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Network Weaving

Accessing the Advice of Your Peers

These one-time events are an opportunity to get practical and imaginative help from network members immediately. It’s perfect for people tackling a challenge or new project to get a bit of insight from peers who have useful perspectives or who have done the same thing before. Each event has an “assistee” who shares a challenge, a “facilitator” who keeps the process on track and on time, and 6-9 “peers” who share their thoughts.

They tend to be most beneficial when the assistee has a clear purpose and can clearly articulate that to participants. What decision do you face?

I’ve been using peer assists both with local peers, as we support one another through our network-building challenges and with NEWHAB. I’ve found multiple benefits, beyond helping people find new solutions in their work.

  • It’s an accessible way for people to practice network skills like listening and seeing everyone as a leader.
  • Peers report gaining new insight of their own.
  • All participants build relationships with one another.
  • And all participants give something — a challenge, some time, some ideas — starting an economy of intellectual reciprocity in the network.

Here’s the instruction guide I prepared for a one-hour activity I led with a group of peers. Check out the great video above from the University of Ottowa’s Center for e-Learning.

How have you used a peer-assist? How would you change the guide?

Green Building

Translating “Expert” into “Homeowner”

After a year of plugging away at an ambitious project, the Green Remodeling Home Guide is live!

My task was as expert content adviser to the team, as well as making sure we presented the “whole-building approach” and green building jargon into something accessible to the non-expert homeowner.

Green Remodeling Home Guide

Green Remodeling Plan Book homepage

We had a fantastic team, including intern Jodi Wilson who drafted the bulk of the content, Roseville HRA Housing Program Manager Jeanne Kelsey, and website designer/visionary George Hornik.

Specific content experts also weighed in on our details – Karen Filloon of Southview Design, Pat Huelman from the U of M, Cindy Ojczyk of More than a Beautiful Home, Becky Olson president of MBPA, Tom Sagstetter, and Billy Weber.

What do you think about the site?