Tummel Stuff – Tummelvision http://tummelvision.tv Tummelvision is a weekly salon-style podcast on how to live in a networked world. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:04:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Tummelvision is a weekly live podcast that explores the human side of technology - people before data. A Tummler is a Yiddish word used to describe a person who catalyzes others to action. Tummlers were traditionally hired at Jewish weddings and in the Borscht belt to warm up the crowd and get the party started. Each week Heather, Deb and Kevin engage with well-known guests from the arts, business, and technology who all share a unique focus on the importance of bringing our more human selves with us both online and offline. Guests are all experts in the art and science of engaging and collaborating a networked world. Topics range from "does google get social" to what is the role of empathy and emotion in business and how do we genuinely connect in a connected world. Heather Gold, Kevin Marks, & Deborah Schultz no Heather Gold, Kevin Marks, & Deborah Schultz tummlers@gmail.com tummlers@gmail.com (Heather Gold, Kevin Marks, & Deborah Schultz) The art of social in business, culture and tech internet, technology, social media, social software, user experience, relationship economy, social networks, design, community, social networks, web, society TummelvisionTummel Stuff – Tummelvision http://tummelvision.tv/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/tummelvision-itunes.jpeg http://tummelvision.tv/category/related-stuff/ Temporary hiatus – Feb 23rd http://tummelvision.tv/2012/02/23/temporary-hiatus-feb-23rd/ http://tummelvision.tv/2012/02/23/temporary-hiatus-feb-23rd/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 23:36:14 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=785 We’re sorry to say that TummelVision is on temporary hiatus to deal with family priorities. There will be no show Feb 23rd and we’ll keep you updated here. Interim assignment: Buy a drink for someone you don’t know and get back to us about how it went.

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Digital Nomads and our fluid time. http://tummelvision.tv/2011/04/22/digital-nomads-and-our-fluid-time/ http://tummelvision.tv/2011/04/22/digital-nomads-and-our-fluid-time/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2011 19:23:57 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=638

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Here’s a piece producer Andrew brought to our attention about Digital Nomads. It’s becoming increasingly common for web folk to travel as they work.


My life was totally like this on the road when I did #<3trip in the fall.
Sean Bonner who writes for boing boing lives like this and made its connection to the rise of minimalism really nicely. Staying in motion or moving with emergent impulse is an embrace of fluidity. This means you are working from the moment which is key to making agile development (software) and lean start ups (businesses) work and tummeling and UnPresenting as well. You can’t create conditions for engaging conversation or action if you do not embrace fluidity.

See also: gender as a textbox on Diaspora discussed in TV 45 with Willow Witte and Sarah Dopp

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TummelVision at SXSW http://tummelvision.tv/2011/03/10/tummelvision-at-sxsw/ http://tummelvision.tv/2011/03/10/tummelvision-at-sxsw/#comments Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:46:00 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=606 All of the TummelVision hosts, and many of the guests, will be spending the next week or so in Austin, Texas for South by South West (SXSW).

For me, the point of 20,000 web geeks squishing into a few blocks of downtown Austin for a week is to hugely increase the chances of having interesting conversations with old friends, and making new ones.

It’s the Peer Group and a Stiff Drink principle made manifest. If you want to understand it, read Laura Fitton‘s excellent introduction post.

If you want to find us, here are our speaking sessions (and those of our guests), and the one’s they’re attending or tracking.

As Laura says, keep your eyes open as we’ll be around plenty of other places too.

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Commitment to making meaning http://tummelvision.tv/2011/02/14/commitment-to-making-meaning/ http://tummelvision.tv/2011/02/14/commitment-to-making-meaning/#comments Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:54:29 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=589 One of the reasons I care about Tummeling is to help technologists step outside their simple models of the world and think about how people actually react, so I was very encouraged to see a couple of posts by English geeks that express this well.
Paul Downey has been spreading wisdom about the Web in textual and visual form for a while, and his I Spy the Web post is a plea for more people to collect the eclectic and share it with one another.
This inspired Tom Morris to an extended meditation on I’m not an experience-seeking user, I’m a meaning-seeking human person on the necessary and valuable effort it takes to commit yourself to making meaning for others to see, whether in Wikipedia or Open Plaques or in Open Source.
Read them both, in full.

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Happy Holidays! http://tummelvision.tv/2011/01/01/happy-holidays/ http://tummelvision.tv/2011/01/01/happy-holidays/#respond Sat, 01 Jan 2011 00:12:47 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=459

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Thanksgiving for Tummlers http://tummelvision.tv/2010/11/24/thanksgiving-for-tummlers/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/11/24/thanksgiving-for-tummlers/#respond Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:08:26 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=428 Happy Thanksgiving to all our TummelVision listeners, participants, tummlers and crew.

We’re grateful for the work of so many of our guests and community who are doing great work to make the web and the people and places in their lives more connected and centered around human needs.

In lieu of a live episode this evening, please enjoy the embedded video below, a classic TummelVision episode with Zoe Keating.  Tara Hunt will join us on December 16th.

Join us live again beginning next week December 2nd with Stowe Boyd. We have a fantastic live chat with some of the more phenomenal minds and wits and we really encourage you to join us live for shows which always include unpredictable, fun pre- and post-show conversations.

Many thanks for their help in the past year to TWIT.tv and Leo Laporte for launching TummelVision, Squarespace for NY studio support, Rob Blatt and Mike Vardy for production help and our former listener now producer Andrew Hazlett.

I find it kind of funny and I find it kind of sad w/Zoe Keating – Ep 13 Tummelvision from heather gold on Vimeo.

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Doc Searls on TummelVision Tonight http://tummelvision.tv/2010/11/08/doc-searls-tummelvision/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/11/08/doc-searls-tummelvision/#respond Mon, 08 Nov 2010 20:28:32 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=414 Doc Searls

Doc Searls

On Thursday, November 11, the TummelVision crew welcomes a special guest star, someone who’s worked on the web for a longtime as a leading advocate for customers advocating for themselves Doc Searls.

If you have a question for Doc, or suggestion for topics you’d like to hear discussed, please leave a comment below, tweet @TummelVision or #tummel, or email us at tummlers [at] gmail.com.

Please also join us for the live audio stream of this episode at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT on Thursday at Tummelvision.tv/Live.  During these broadcasts (and “after parties”), be sure to check out our always-lively chat room.

As one of the authors of the seminal Cluetrain Manifesto, Doc Searls has been a tireless advocate for many of the ideals cherished by the Tummlers.  Among many other current activities, he runs Project VRM as a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. VRM stands for Vendor Relationship Management. Doc wants tools and platforms to allow people manage the way vendors (companies that sell you stuff and services) have relationships with them.

Doc’s very committed to a more humanized world, so how does tummeling fit into his vision for VRM? At what point do tummlers manage the relationship between customers and the company and when do business recognize they need tummelers to manage the company in a networked environment? How will the new VRM technologies work for real people doing this work? Or was the Cluetrain Manifesto a pipedream and a wish that peopel working for companies treat people as people?

 Doc’s perspective is a rare blend of seasoned wisdom and up-to-the-minute expertise.  We hope you’ll join us for this “very special episode” of TummelVision.

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Why Self-Organized Networks Will Destroy Hierarchies http://tummelvision.tv/2010/11/03/why-self-organized-networks-will-destroy-hierarchies/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/11/03/why-self-organized-networks-will-destroy-hierarchies/#respond Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:51:00 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=406

The people in authority who make the rules interfere with the people who know how to do the job and are in direct contact with the situation. The people who make the rules know nothing about the work they’re interfering with.

-Kevin Carson, Why Self-Organized Networks Will Destroy Hierarchies

Kevin’s post give me food for thought. It’s my preference not to abstract the hierarchy / network thing into information but view it as people problems or challenges. Tummeling is a kind of human self-networking that happens even within hierarchies. Many corporations function because there are individuals who take it upon themselves to make connections and bring people together across “silos” (man I hate that word). Sometimes it’s an admin assistant or project manager or someone with low “authority status” (something else Carson’s post critiques, the mistake hierarchy managers make when they look to what they see as authority rather than actual experience).

What’s most important to me about what Carson refers to as “people who know how to do the work” is not their abstract knowledge but what is experiential. Experience happens in the present. It’s where all real authority and creativity emerges.

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Tummeling with Geeks http://tummelvision.tv/2010/11/01/tummeling-with-geeks/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/11/01/tummeling-with-geeks/#respond Mon, 01 Nov 2010 21:39:06 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=398 Part of our passion surrounding Tummelvision is stems from our desire to explore and highlight the dynamics of what is needed to create engaged  social spaces online.  Kevin and Deb led a session at the recent O’reilly Open Web Foo Camp where we intro’ed the concept to our beloved geek community.  We had a great discussion with a number of  folks including Dale Dougherty [who runs the world of Make], Sarah Novotny [program chair of OSCON] and others.  As Tummlers themselves – they commented on the need for better tools for curators,  creators and catalysts to help them connect with their community and for their community to connect with each other.

The intersection of our human selves and tech were popping up in many conversations and many sessions throughout the weekend.  We are definitely at a unique moment – where the once binary web is just starting to recognize the need to evolve into a more organic entity that better reflects who we are and how we behave – a more reflective  representation of our offline selves.  Let’s face it, we take ourselves with us wherever we are.  In one of the sessions led by Brady Forrest we discussed the need for Social Bots – sounds scary – but really it could potentially be about making us smarter about ourselves and our interactions – these bots could help us maintain our social relationships across many groups, sites, and tribes.  They could even be a personal data stream to report back to me analytics about my life in meaningful ways.  But therein lies the rub – as soon as we start heading down the “manage my life” track – it starts getting complex very quickly.  We  need to ensure that in our effort to create a more open web we provide for the likelihood of ever changing connections and the ability to set permissions and identity as we choose.

As both Elizabeth Churchill [Ep 7 Guest] and Shelly Farnham pointed out, not all of us want 100% transparency all the time.  This leads us into many complex and complicated issues of privacy, identity, control, permissions etc.  We are seeing them played out daily – everywhere – and though computers can do a better job of helping us filter and manage some of these complexities it will ultimately be up to us – the humans and the Tummlers to make it all work seamlessly and organically.  The human brain and heart – are still the best at managing the nuances of our social selves.

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Real-Time Crowsourcing: Tummeling at Crowd Conference 2010 http://tummelvision.tv/2010/10/24/real-time-crowsourcing-tummeling-at-crowd-conference-2010/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/10/24/real-time-crowsourcing-tummeling-at-crowd-conference-2010/#respond Sun, 24 Oct 2010 02:46:04 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=392

The 3 of us were actually in a room together to tummel the first Crowd Conference: a conference about crowdsourcing work.

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This Week: Zoe Keating http://tummelvision.tv/2010/09/09/this-week-zoe-keating/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/09/09/this-week-zoe-keating/#respond Thu, 09 Sep 2010 22:34:27 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=353 The TummelVision crew is taking this week off, so listen to the live stream tonight at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST to catch a repeat of one of the first shows featuring Zoe Keating.

We’ll be back next week!

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A Tummel Vacation http://tummelvision.tv/2010/08/19/a-tummel-vacation/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/08/19/a-tummel-vacation/#respond Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:42:51 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=339 We’re taking a week off this week…but don’t fret! We’re presenting “Best of” episodes when this happens (which won’t be often)!

This week you can relive our episode that featured Allee Willis.  Check it out here at our regular time (Thursdays at 5 pm PST/8 pm EST).

See you next week!

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Supernova Video – what is tummeling? http://tummelvision.tv/2010/08/11/supernova-video-what-is-tummeling/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/08/11/supernova-video-what-is-tummeling/#comments Wed, 11 Aug 2010 18:07:29 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=332 Heather and I did a brief video interview with Howard Greenstein [our episode 23 guest] after out Tummeling Session at Supernova explaining the concept.  Enjoy!

Zing moments:

Heather bringing in Arthur Miller’s classic line from Death of A Salesman – “A man is not a piece of fruit.”

Debs comment that we “don’t want to live in a world where twitter becomes the form letter of yesterday.”

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Visual Notes from our Supernova session http://tummelvision.tv/2010/07/30/visual-notes-from-our-supernova-session/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/07/30/visual-notes-from-our-supernova-session/#respond Fri, 30 Jul 2010 16:32:48 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=328

Thanks to Johnny Goldstein check out his stuff at Envizualize

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The importance of coordination for success http://tummelvision.tv/2010/07/29/the-importance-of-coordination-for-success/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/07/29/the-importance-of-coordination-for-success/#respond Thu, 29 Jul 2010 17:39:35 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=324 Nice piece entitled “Team Coordination Is Key in Businesses” by the Heath bros on the importance of coordination for success.  As they smartly point out:

We tend to underestimate the amount of effort needed to coordinate with other people. In one academic experiment, a team of students was asked to build a giant Lego man as quickly as possible. To save time, the team members split up their work. One person would craft an arm, another would build the torso, and so forth. (At least one person, of course, was charged with tweeting compulsively about what the others were doing.)

Often, the parts were carefully designed, yet they didn’t quite fit together properly, like a Lego Heidi Montag. The problem was that nobody was paying attention to the integration. The researchers found that the teams were consistently better at specializing than they were at coordinating.

The skills required for coordination and collaboration are indeed the skills of the Tummler!  Now to discuss the HOW – the how is to reward and ensure that the role of the Tummler is indeed recognized, encouraged and rewarded.

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We're live now with Laura Fitton @pistachio http://tummelvision.tv/2010/05/07/were-live-now-with-laura-fitton-pistachio/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/05/07/were-live-now-with-laura-fitton-pistachio/#respond Fri, 07 May 2010 02:08:48 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=202 Listen in live here now:

Chat on twitter at #tummel

or here on freednode

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What makes a comments section work? http://tummelvision.tv/2010/04/14/what-makes-a-comments-section-work/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/04/14/what-makes-a-comments-section-work/#respond Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:16:22 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=194 http://tummelvision.tv/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/screen-shot-2010-04-14-at-4-12-38-pm.png

Salon’s Scott Rosenberg had a tummel-savvy piece on this subject recently. Ironically I heard about it around the same time I saw NPR’s Andy Carvin live tweeting an event and mentioning outsourcing the moderation of comments. Andy later clarified the thing he saw as outsource-able was the human filtering of spam.

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Heather explains how to go first: The Dance Party guy video http://tummelvision.tv/2010/01/20/heather-explains-how-to-go-first-the-dance-party-guy-video/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/01/20/heather-explains-how-to-go-first-the-dance-party-guy-video/#comments Wed, 20 Jan 2010 14:50:11 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=25

Going first is a really key element to successful tummeling. Confidence / lack of self-consciousness provides an emotional container and invitation for others to to join. This is an amazing example. Here’s the long form original without my commentary.

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Tonight’s Tummelvision Premiere w/guest game designer Nicole Lazzaro http://tummelvision.tv/2010/01/15/tonights-tummelvision-premiere-wguest-game-designer-nicole-lazzaro/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/01/15/tonights-tummelvision-premiere-wguest-game-designer-nicole-lazzaro/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2010 02:05:37 +0000 http://tummelvision.tv/?p=20 We’re thrilled to be premiering Tummelvision tonight. The show will stream live at http://live.twit.tv from 7pm-8:00PST / 10-11:00pmEST.

Joining us is game designer Nicole Lazzaro, a participant in the Social Interaction Design Blog and an expert in the role of emotion in gaming.

You can chat with us and the rest of the Tummlers at http://irc.twit.tv .

This show will be livestream only for the first few months from TWiT. Well post audio files and video files if recorded by the TWiT army here once we get them.

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Looking forward to our opening Show http://tummelvision.tv/2010/01/13/looking-forward-to-our-opening-show/ http://tummelvision.tv/2010/01/13/looking-forward-to-our-opening-show/#respond Wed, 13 Jan 2010 23:53:13 +0000 http://tummelvision.wordpress.com/?p=3 Thursday January 14th 2009 at 10pm EST 7pm PST on twit.tv

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