Lisa Kimball's Bio
Founder, Executive Producer, Group Jazz
Group Jazz works as a production company to support the work of purposeful groups - teams, communities, task forces, organizations - whether they meet face-to-face or online or both. Group Jazz brings together the best tools, technologies, media, consultants, cast members and practitioners to create great group experiences that support action. Lisa is a specialist in applications of electronic networking and the design of virtual spaces for organizations, teams, and online communities. She has deep experience in facilitating online groups and training moderators on multiple networks using most of the software environments available today. In addition to her work with corporate and other large organizations, Lisa consults with technology companies to design and implement applications. Clients have included GroupServe, Third Voice, and Virtualteams.com. Lisa also coaches facilitators and team leaders who are working with groups virtually.
Lisa is currently working on a book, Group Jazz: Collaboration as a Performing Art (working title), based on her study of extraordinary groups like Cirque du Soleil, Dale Chihuly's glass blowing team, the U.S. Olympic Women's Softball team, and others. She has identified principles, patterns, and operating norms that can be applied by any team or group seeking to get extraordinary results.
Founder, Director, Caucus Systems
Caucus Systems was formed in May, 1999 to produce high quality virtual off-site meetings and events for global organizations. Lisa managed projects with companies including IBM, Warner Lambert, HP, and Agilent to support learning, planning, knowledge sharing, and other key corporate processes in groups and teams that are distributed world-wide. She served as CEO of the founding team that raised initial funding rounds and recruited and hired a complete management team for the company going forward.
CEO, Senior Consultant, Metasystems Design Group, Inc.
Metasystems Design Group created The Meta Network in 1983 as an electronic community to support a wide variety of individuals, teams, and organizations which continues today as one of the oldest online communities. Lisa took the lead to create and facilitate general discussions as well as special events, performance art, seminars, and interactions with guest resources for The Meta Network which currently supports more than several thousand accounts.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
City University of New York
George Mason University Program on Social and Organizational Learning
Insight Out Collaborations
National Education Association, National Center for Innovation
US Army Center for Health Care Education and Studies
Public Broadcasting Service Middle Schools Math Project
California Institute of Integral Studies
City University of New York
Other recent client organizations include: Corporation for Enterprise Development, The News Hour (PBS), GLOCOM (Tokyo), The Organization Development Network, LA County Bar Association, NYSERNet, Real Property Services (Government of Canada) and Virginia Center for Innovative Technology.
Symposium on Facilitating Online Groups (1984) - Designed and moderated first online symposium on strategies and techniques for facilitating electronic groups which brought together many of the early thinkers including Murray Turoff & Starr Roxanne Hiltz, Peter & Trudy Johnson-Lenz, Art Kleiner, Stewart Brand, Jessica and Jeffrey Lipnack Stamps, and Harry Stevens. Symposium was "ported" to participants on multiple networks including The Meta Network, EIES, The Source, and CompuServe which created an "internetworked" experience prior to the wide availability of the internet.
Created f-t-f Symposium on Facilitating Online Groups (1985) which led to the formation of the Electronic Networking Association (ENA), a cooperative association of networks and networkers dedicated to promoting the use of electronic networking to enrich individuals, enhance organizations, and build global communities. Launched ENAs award-winning electronic newsletter, NETWEAVER, and served as managing editor 1985-1991 (archived at www.tmn.com). Chaired 4 major ENA conferences 1985-1991. Received ENA's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Networking in 1990.
Designed and facilitated "E-lecture" program on The Source (1985) to experiment with using an asynchronous conferencing environment to create structured experiences for members of online
Member of design team for the Santa Monica's Public Electronic Network project in Santa Monica, CA. Currently working on replication project in Salem, Oregon. Member of leadership group for US National Community Networking Association.
Worked with university and college clients to offer courses and programs via distance education technology. Clients include Univ. of Virginia, UC/San Diego, George Mason Univ., Bentley College, Eastern Michigan Univ., New York Univ., Univ. of Maryland, Jackson Community College, Oklahoma State Univ., Grand Rapids Junior College, Washington State Univ., and SUNY/Stony Brook.
Developed and delivered workshops and seminars for senior executives and managers on strategic use and introduction of technology. Clients include U.S. Army, EDS/General Motors, Proctor & Gamble, APHIS/Dept. of Agriculture, Hewlett-Packard, FAA, CAE Link, and the Long Term Credit Bank (Tokyo). Consultant, School for Strategic and Management Studies (2-year Executive Program with online component), Western Behavioral Sciences Institute, La Jolla, CA, 1985-1989.
Conducted research projects on social and political implications of telecommunications policy. Served on advisory panels for the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment. Served on facilitation team for a variety of gatherings in Washington, D.C. focused on telecommunications policy, potential applications of networking in governance, and related issues.
Faculty, Women's Campaign School at Yale University 1996. Delivered workshops and consulting on strategic use of the web and other network technologies in political campaigns at state and national levels.
Recent & Upcoming Presentations
October '04 - Organization Development Network - Dynamic Facilitation: Design Principles from the New Science of Complexity
November '03 - Keynote: Twenty Years of Civil Society & Networking (Japan)
June '03 - AAUW - High Touch Leadership in a High Tech World
May '03 - IIR Project Impact - Virtual Teams for Global Project Collaboration: Project Team Communication Strategies
May '02 - The Conference Board - Going Virtual - Teams Aren't What They Used to Be
April '02 - Organization Design Forum - Collaboration as a Performing Art
April '02 - IIR Tacit Knowledge Roundtable - How Companies Think
November '01 - Organization Development Network -
February '01 - Braintrust - Knowledge Creation in Virtual Teams and Communities
October '00 - Organization Develpment Network - Enabling Technology for Organization Development
September '00 - HPWorld/Interex - Leading Virtual Teams
June '00 - Linkage Best of Teams - Tools for Virtual Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing
May '00 - Linkage Change Conference - Using Change-Enabling Technology to Align Your Strategy, Systems, Processes, Structure, and People
May '00 - Vircomm2000 - Forming Effective Business Communities on the Web
Feburary '00 - Conoco Network Leaders Conference - Keynote: Leading & Developing Knowledge Networks
"Facilitator Toolkit for Building and Sustaining Virtual Communities of Practice." (with Amy Ladd) in Knowledge Networks: Innovation Through Communities of Practice, Paul Hildreth & Chris Kimble (eds), 2004.
"Dynamic Facilitation: Emerging design principles from the new science of complexity" (with Nedra Weinstein & Trish Silber) in The IAF Group Facilitation Handbook. Jossey-Bass (forthcoming 2004).
Intranet Decisions: Creating Your Organization's Internal Network, Miles River Press, March, 1997.
Professional Managers Association, Washington, D.C. (1982 - 1983) President: Represented members' interests before Congress, Federal agencies, and the media. Managed and developed association positions and programs. Drafted legislation, developed coalitions, and worked with Congressional and committee staffs to gain support for legislative and regulatory change. Testified before Congressional committees. Served as liaison to executive branch task forces and advisory groups. Served as liaison to related organizations representing the career interests of women and minority workers.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C. (1978 - 1982) Employee Development Specialist: Senior team member on project to design selection and training programs for members of the Senior Executive Service. Designed and facilitated training programs for members of Qualifications Review Boards. Reviewed and approved management training programs and consulted with agencies to bring programs into compliance with new requirements. Consulted with agencies to design workshops and training programs for employees. Served on Federal Women's Advisory Group and participated on the subcommittee for training and development. Conducted workshops for people seeking careers in government.
Consultant, Educational Environmental Design (1975-1981) Worked on projects to design and build environments to support experiential learning. Managed Wheelock College Teacher Resource Center. Workshop leader, Boston Children's Museum. Developed and studied multi-media play structure for severely mentally handicapped kids in state institution.
Ph.D. Educational Psychology - Cognition and Learning, The Catholic University of America (awarded with distinction), Washington, DC, Dissertation: The Nature of Expertise in Senior Executives; The Role of Systems Thinking
M.S., Education, Wheelock College, Boston, MA
M.A.T., Social Science, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
B.A., Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY