Mike Shafarenko

Director, Civic Commons ideastream

Mike Shafarenko

I'm the Director of Civic Commons ideastream and one of its co-founders.

My Recent Activity

Tips and Tactics for Online Facilitation

I responded to David Rosenberg: Yes, you are absolutely correct. And, no need to apologize - it's a learning process for...

David Rosenberg

Is it correct that to start a new thread in a conversation, one uses the "Post to this Conversation" button to the right of the first post in the conversation. If that's how I should have posted all my previous questions... Continue reading

liquid feedback...towards a new democracy

I responded to liquid feedback...towards a new democracy: David, thank you for starting this conversation and making the Civic Commons community aware of...

Tips and Tactics for Online Facilitation

I responded to Ben Roberts: Very well stated, Ben. Thank you for your insights.

Ben Roberts

When people think of "online" dialogue, they often leave out the option of live speech.  That's partly because teleconferences typically employ a talking heads approach, perhaps with a bit of Q&A, but rarely offer a... Continue reading

Tips and Tactics for Online Facilitation

I responded to Jane Prescott-Smith: Hi Jane - thanks for your comment. For me, I think being present in the conversation is one of...

Jane Prescott-Smith

Thanks for introducing this topic Sandy. As someone who has only facilitated face-to-face dialogues, I rely heavily on facial expressions and body language for clues about the best way to respond to participant comments. ... Continue reading

Tips and Tactics for Online Facilitation

I responded to Sandy Heierbacher: Thanks for the great resource, Sandy. We've spent a lot of time thinking about and designing for...

Sandy Heierbacher

About two years ago, the NCDD community had a rich conversation on our LinkedIn group about ground rules and best practices in virtual facilitation.  Though 2 years is a HUGE amount of time in the online realm, many of the... Continue reading

Trump video

I responded to Trump video: I would venture to say this is nothing more than a publicity stunt. He got 7 million views, after...

Why you should be thrilled our government invests in “losers.”

I responded to Why you should be thrilled our government invests in “losers.”: Interesting conversation, Scott. I guess I can see it both ways - on one hand, it makes great...

Backchannel the Town Hall Presidential Debate

I responded to Dan Moulthrop: I think she's doing the best she can in light of the pressure being put on her. And, these...

Dan Moulthrop

Quick check in: how do we think Candy Crowley's doing?

Backchannel the Town Hall Presidential Debate

I responded to Taryn Gress: Taryn, you don't happen to be from MA ... :)

Taryn Gress

Of course Massachusetts has great women and many in leadership positions!