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Paul Signorelli
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Attended University of North Texas (MLIS degree), Golden Gate University (M.A., Arts Administration), UCLA (B.A., Poli-Sci)
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Enjoyed a warm San Francisco winter day with friends, colleagues, and hundreds of visitors to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets), and continue to be amazed at all the attention the Steps are receiving via Yelp reviews, Instagram photos, Foursquare check-ins (yes, we're already on our second Foursquare Hidden Garden Steps mayor), and other social media postings. New photographs showing how the site continues to serve as a place for members of our extended community to gather are at the bottom of our Google+ photo album documenting community use of the Steps:
https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104017204598614298654/albums/5968581623346005153
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What a great community project! The steps look great!
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The four-year effort to install a second ceramic-tile mosaic (by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher) with community gardens in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District (16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton streets) reached fruition with a formal/playful opening ceremony on Saturday, December 7, 2013. The Steps quickly became what everyone had set out to create: a new neighborhood gem where the extended Hidden Garden Steps community meets, eats, talks, dreams and works together to further strengthen the sense of community fostered by the two existing ceramic-tiled staircases (http://tiledsteps.org and http://hiddengardensteps.org) and other neighborhood attractions. 

This album will continue to grow to document how the community uses the steps as a variation on the concept of a Third Place (please see Ray Oldenburg's "The Great Good Place" and the Wikipedia article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place for more information). Those interested in becoming involved are encouraged to visit our website and follow our ever-growing social media presence via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739), Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Scoopit! (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), and other resources.
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Added new photos of our gardening volunteers, the gardens in bloom, and members of the Hidden Garden Steps community onsite; new photos are at the bottom of the album. Project updates are available in our online newsletter at http://hiddengardensteps.org/Newsletters.html.
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An unofficial addition to the small spiral pattern at the top of the Hidden Garden Steps site in San Francisco (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets)
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Regardless of how long one works on a project (in this case, nearly four years with tremendous partnerships and community support), there is still that emotionally-stunning moment when it begins to reach fruition: here's a detail of the top section of the 148-step Hidden Garden Steps mosaic (designed and created by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher) to give a hint as to how far our KZ Tile colleagues progressed on their first day of placing the mosaic on the original concrete steps. To follow the progress of the installation (on 16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District), please view our Google+ photo album at https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/104017204598614298654/albums/5938536121031791729 -- updates will be posted at the end of each work day, whenever possible, for the duration of the three-week installation phase of the project. More information about the entire project remains available at http://hiddengardensteps.org.
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Wow 16th St. is very cool as well. Looking forward to next week. Thanks again for sharing!
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Sharing some Week 3 reflections on Exploring Personal Learning Networks:

When Personal Learning Networks Collide
http://buildingcreativebridges.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/connected-educator-month-and-xplrpln-when-personal-learning-networks-collide/

As always, deeply appreciative for another week of wonderfully inspiring collaborations that produce new questions for every attempted answer.
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Thanks, Maureen. How wonderful to learn that #HSOlead13 members are joining us in these explorations; hope they will add to the conversation and draw us into their own.
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Finally made time to join the #etmooc  anniversary crew with reflections on what the course has meant to me and what it has inspired:

"#etmooc: Singing Happy Birthday to a Course," at http://tinyurl.com/lsbn86b

Thanks to everyone who has been part of making this a continuing learning journey for me and those I serve.
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The lack of time is the huge gorilla in the learning room. It prevents us from getting busy leaders from business, philanthropy, government, etc. directly involved with people who are working to solve complex problems. As MOOCs become more successful, the lack of time to participate will grow. Hopefully solutions will emerge.
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With the formal opening of the Hidden Garden Steps ceramic-tile mosaic (designed and completed by artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher) on December 7, 2013, we've moved to the next (long-term) phase of the project: nurturing the site as a Third Place (where members of our extended community meet, eat, talk, dream, and simply enjoy the sense of community it fosters. Anyone interested in how the project developed and how it has quickly become a new community meeting place will find plenty of articles and links to photographs on our newly-updated Scoop.it! site. Our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739), and @GardenSteps Twitter account (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps) also remain great sources of information, and we're even beginning to receive extremely positive reviews on Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/hidden-garden-steps-san-francisco)--although I have to admit the the Yelp category of "Amusement Parks" does make me giggle a bit. Thanks, everyone, for so warmly embracing and supporting the project. It's wonderful seeing how the Hidden Garden Steps, combined with the nearby 16th Avenue Tiled Steps (http://tiledsteps.org) have so quickly brought a new, extremely positive sense of street life and pedestrian activity to an already lovely neighborhood.
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For colleagues in #etmooc  and #xplrpln : Maurice Coleman, whose T is for Training podcost is a great sounding board for those of us affiliated at some level with training-teaching-learning in libraries across the United States, focused today on MOOCs, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), and how we define "completion rates" in coursework. It was a very stimulating conversation, and one I would recommend to anyone who has an hour to listen to the archived version at j.mp/1gqdbRG or the formal link (http://tisfortraining.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/t-is-for-training-132-hitting-the-focus-button/) included with this update.
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Somewhat surprised to find that having done almost every one of these things, I could probably claim one of those badges if I wanted to take the time to document everything. Strange experience to have completed something before starting it. #xplrpln
 
PLNs are such a hot topic right now. Check out this PLN challenge, and like it says , earn a badge.
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+Paul Signorelli :-) 
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Following up the earlier posting about my attempts to experiment by joining personal learning network colleagues at a conference via Twitter, I've responded to encouragement from +Danny Ortegon+Rhonda Jessen, and others to more fully document the results. You'll find the piece, "Conferences, Twitter, and Staying Connected: No Longer Left Behind," on my blog via the following Tiny URL:

http://tinyurl.com/l4xtk6k
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+Paul Signorelli Thx for sharing your update. You have done a nice job capturing your thought process as you consider the challenges in staying connected "from afar" and the positive actions you took to get engaged and build a connection. At first it can seem daunting to reach out, but with a little time it seems that like minded folks will step up and respond, share and connect via different online methods. So far, it seems to be paying off and will hopefully continue to grow!
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Took me nearly three weeks to find that "something new to do" with personal learning networks here in #xplrpln  -  but just did: Since a tremendously important part of my personal learning network includes colleagues in the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), I usually attend the annual Chapter Leaders Conference at this time of year. For a variety of reasons, I had to miss it this year for the first time in five years, so I waited until the end of the first day of conference activities, skimmed the Twitter feed at #astdalc, retweeted a few comments that I would have retweeted if I had been onsite, and added a couple of comments to colleagues. Will be interesting tomorrow (day two of the two-day conference) to see how colleagues respond to this attempt to participate virtually and asynchronously. Expect a report if there's anything worth reporting.
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Sounds good Paul. Looking forward to seeing what you are able to share. Best of luck!
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Installation of the 148-step Hidden Garden Steps ceramic-tile mosaic created by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher officially began on October 24, 2013, and is expected to be completed by KZ Tile company by mid-November 2013 with a public celebration proposed for Saturday, December 7, 2013 from noon - 4 pm (updates to be posted as plans firm up). This community-based volunteer-driven effort to transform an overgrown neglected set of concrete stairs that were originally installed in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District on 16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton streets in 1926 was inspired by the ceramic-tile steps two blocks away (on Moraga Street, between 15th and 16th avenues: http://tiledsteps.org/). The designation of the Hidden Garden Steps as an official project of the San Francisco Parks Alliance and San Francisco Department of Public Works Street Parks Program provided invaluable support; the mosaic and gardens-in-progress were formally accepted by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as a gift to the City on October 22, 2013, with a $20,000 maintenance fund to assure preservation of the completed mosaic. Heartfelt thanks to the wonderfully extended community that has supported this through cash (more than $200,00) and donations of in-kind services and materials (more than $150,000--much of it through the San Francisco Department of Public Works steps and retaining wall repairs, as well as through the massive erosion-control and terracing efforts that provide the foundations for the gardens on either side of the Steps) as well as through hundreds of hours of volunteer effort. We're looking forward to celebrating with supporters from all over the world when the fences are removed in November 2013 and the mosaic and gardens are accessible, and welcome ongoing support from anyone who wants to join the community that maintains the gardens and overall site. (Monthly clean-ups are generally held on the second Saturday of each month from 1 - 3 pm.) For more information about the Hidden Garden Steps, please visit the project website at http://hiddengardensteps.org; follow us on Twitter (@GardenSteps); and visit the Hidden Garden Steps page on Facebook--or simply join us on the Steps themselves.
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Tristan (and everyone else who has been so supportive of the project): Hope you'll let me know when you're going to be here so we can walk those Steps together. Fence should come down within the next week--if not sooner; just waiting for the right weather so the last few clean-up items can  be completed, and we're about to go big-time with announcements about a completion celebration on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from noon - 4. Thanks so much for the kind words and encouragement. Hope all is well with you in PLN Land.
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I'm Paul Signorelli, a San Francisco-based writer, trainer, instructional designerpresenter, social media strategist, and consultant.

I explore/use/write about/help others become familiar with e-learning, social media, MOOCs, & mobile technology to creatively facilitate positive change within organizations; develop/manage workplace learning & performance (staff training) programs; foster collaboration & partnerships; assist in organization development (strategic planning, content strategy, critical thinking in decision-making, marketing/pr, fundraising & grant-writing); & help clients improve face to face & online presentation skills.

Career highlights:

•Developing & writing about innovations in e-learning, the use of social networking tools (including Google+ Hangouts, Skype, & others for live presentations), and the development of social learning centers

•Writing courses for online delivery; webinars & other personalized online learning opps; presenting at regional and national conferences

•Helping health care (hospice) employees learn to use mobile devices for medical record-keeping purposes/working with Blue Shield of California's Health Reform Program Instructional Design Team to help staff implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

•More than 20 years of experience working with community-based organizations, nonprofits, libraries, and government agencies to facilitate sustainable collaborations with their constituents

•Active involvement in the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), where I served as an advisor on the National Advisors for Chapters and helped rebuild a chapter on the verge of collapse

•Expanding and managing a successful workplace learning and performance (training) program for the 850 employees in the multi-facility San Francisco Public Library system

•Creating, nurturing, and engaging in effective volunteer programs

•Nonprofit board management, including general administration and strategy management

•More than 30 years of writing and editing for publication

I served as President of the Board (2010) with the Mount Diablo Chapter of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD) and worked on a variety of national ASTD activities as a member of the National Advisors for Chapters (January 2011 - December 2012). I'm also active with the American Library Association, where I served on the American Libraries (magazine) Advisory Committee (July 2009 - June 2013) before beginning a two-year term on the ALA Publishing Committee (July 2013-June 2015), and the New Media Consortium, where I've served on the 2011- 2014 Horizon Project (Higher Ed) Advisory Boards. Current activities include service on the San Francisco Parks Alliance Parks Policy Council (2014)

You’ll find more information, including writing samples and training resources, on my website at http://paulsignorelli.com.

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  • University of North Texas (MLIS degree), Golden Gate University (M.A., Arts Administration), UCLA (B.A., Poli-Sci)
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