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About Randy Fisher (aka WikiRandy)
Randy is a Senior Consultant and Facilitator with the Intersol Group, Ottawa, Canada. He has 15 years of experience related to stakeholder engagement, project management, implementation and coordination. He has expertise in change/transition management; organizational design and development; e-learning and learning communities; and building high-performing and sustainable projects, communities of practice and networks.
He has advised, trained, mentored and coached front-line staff, functional specialists, middle managers and executives. His strong journalism, communications and social service background enables him to sensitively communicate with, and bridge complex and diverse cultures (i.e., marketing and IT; front line staff and executives; Canadian and Kenyan stakeholders) to support project buy-in, ownership and a sense of pride and 'place'. "I fit here."
Prior to joining Intersol, Randy provided project management, cluster development and learning coordination services to the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), supporting five education specialists in Open and Distance Learning (ODL): elearning, governance, community media, higher education and international organizations.
Randy is a member of the governing council of WikiEducator (a COL project), a community of 12,000+ educators in 115 countries (a top 100,000 website), dedicated to developing free and open education resources (OERs). He is a top contributor (20,000+ edits); and provides facilitation and community-building services. He is an organization design and partnership strategist for the International Centre of Open Education / OER Foundation, in New Zealand, the nonprofit entity supporting WikiEducator, WikiResearcher and other open education projects.
Randy has considerable expertise in using social media technologies for business applications. He uses wikis, blogs and social networking tools for collaboration, participatory (action) learning and strategic engagement, movement and momentum. Randy facilitates and builds scalable and sustainable learning communities and living networks, and coaches people for high levels of interest, motivation and readiness for cultural change / transition.
He has an MA in Organization Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University (with a specialty in complex adaptive systems and community engagement using social media). He holds a post-graduate degree in Journalism (King's) and a BA in Political Science (McGill). He is a Certified Advanced Technology Manager (Newbridge Networks/CATA Alliance), and also holds certifications in the Birkman Method, Myers-Briggs, Strong, Instructional Design and Train-the-Trainer methodologies. Please see his full CV/Resume.