This handbook on group decision-making for those wanting to operate in a consensus fashion stresses the advantages of informal, common sense approaches to working together. It describes how any group can put these approaches into practice, and relates numerous examples of situations in which such approaches have been applied.

Making the Best Use of Technology

Making the best use of technology
Connie P.Ozawa

Computer technologies are fast changing our world. In his 1995 book City of Bits, MIT Dean of Architecture William Mitchell describes teaching a class in Singapore without leaving his office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He declares himself “telepresent” after opening a screen on his desktop computer and seeing his classroom of students. A video monitor beside his desk displays what the students see—Dean Mitchell, who glances over at his own image and unconsciously adjusts his tie, as he would looking into a mirror. Not only do the students see and hear their professor, but he can see and hear them, respond to their questions, and give immediate feedback to their comments. The thousands of ...

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