Writing, Staff Training, Instructional Design,

Presenting, Social Media Strategies, Consulting


We work collaboratively and creatively to help you address the wicked problems you face in:

*Promoting effective workplace learning and performance (staff training/e-learning)

*Facilitating the successful introduction of new technology into organizations

*Providing engaging instructional design services for dynamic onsite and online learning

*Helping trainers and others hone onsite and online presentation and facilitation skills

*Fostering the development of results-driven leadership skills

*Developing social media strategies

*Facilitating the successful development of community partnerships and collaborations

*Writing and helping others improve their business-, creative-, and grant-writing skills

*Providing consulting/marketing services to build bridges between clients and customers

Technology is the tool.           People are the focus.           Positive results are the product.

Paul Signorelli & Associates

What I'm Doing Now

*Co-presenting "Flights of Fancy: Taking Mosaic Design & Grassroots Fundraising to New Heights" with artist Aileen Barr at the 15th Biennial Community Built Association Conference in Davis, CA, Friday, April 4, 2014

*Working with San Francisco Park Alliance Parks Policy Council colleagues to research a local ballot proposition that would require voter approval for any future construction projects on the San Francisco waterfront that exceed existing height limits found in the zoning and construction code of the city

*Co-presenting "Hidden Garden Steps: Creating Community, Art, and Gardens" with Licia Wells at the Anza Branch of the San Francisco Public Library system on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 7- 8 pm; program repeats at the Sunset Branch Library on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 7-8 pm

*Co-presenting "Ed-Tech, Learning, and the Horizon Report" with New Media Consortium Senior Director, Communications/Director, NMC Horizon Project Samantha Adams Becker for the ASTD Golden Gate Chapter on Thursday, May 15, 2014

*Facilitating one-hour webinars on "Mentoring in Face-to-Face, Online, and Blended Environments" (Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 2 pm EST/11 am PST), "Cover to Cover: Redefining Books and Library Collections in Learning" (Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 2 pm EST/11 am PST), and "Libraries as Partners in Lifelong Learning" (Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 2 pm EST/11 am PST); registration through the PCI Webinars site)

*Helping American Library Association staff update and manage the volunteer program for onsite "ambassadors" who will answer answer attendees' questions at the ALA Annual Conference (in Las Vegas) from June 26-July 1, 2014

*Preparing a proposal for a book on developing and completing volunteer-driven community-based projects


As a Contributing Editor for the New Media Consortium blog; most recent posting: "Learning With the Horizon Report and the NMC"

With Licia Wells, as a San Francisco Department of Public Works Street Parks Program steward for the Hidden Garden Steps project in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District after serving as one of three project co-chairs

On the Horizon Project 2014 Higher Ed Advisory Board; previous efforts included working with New Media Consortium staff to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2011, 2012, and 2013 Higher Education editions, and a new NMC advisory board that helped create the organization's first Technology Outlook>Community, Technical, and Junior Colleges 2013-2018 report. I also participated in the 2013 New Media Consortium Horizon Project Summit>The Future of Education held in Austin, Texas

On the San Francisco Parks Alliance Policy Council (February - December 2014)

A two-year term of office on the ALA Publishing Committee (July 2013-June 2015) after finishing a four-year term (July 2009-June 2013) on the American Libraries [magazine] Advisory Committee

*Creating online learning opportunities with Captivate; includes closed captioning

*Assisting a variety of clients and colleagues in exploring and using innovations in blended (onsite-online) learning and personal learning networks with social media and other platforms, including through massive open online courses (MOOCs), through virtual office hours in online courses, and as an onsite social media instructor

*Working with clients and prospective clients to schedule other presentations, courses, webinars, and workshops for the first half of 2014, and also participating in live #lrnchat sessions via Twitter (Thursdays, 8:30 pm ET/5:30 pm PT) and Maurice Coleman's biweeky T is for Training podcasts (alternate Fridays, 2 pm ET/11 am PT; programs are archived online) as time allows


Workplace Learning & Leadership, a staff training guide co-written with Lori Reed for ALA Editions to highlight examples of trainers as successful leaders within their organizations (April 2011); online excerpts available

Contributor to The Book of Road-Tested Activities (Elaine Biech, editor; May 2011); online excerpts available

New nonfiction and fiction book proposals under development; seeking agent to represent these projects

Latest Articles

Learning With the Horizon Report and the NMC, published on the New Media Consortium blog February 10, 2014, documents the impact the New Media Consortium Horizon Report has on trainer-teahcer-learners and how it can serve as a learning object.

Hanging Out with the Tech Crowd, published on the American Libraries blog January 25, 2014, documents how a "networking uncommons" at a conference became a dynamic informal learning site for trainer-teacher-learners interested in discussing and trying new technology.

Latest Free Learning Resources for You

"Social Media, Library Partnerships, and Collaboration: More Than a Tweet"

PCI Webinar -- February 2014

(PowerPoint Presentation)

"How to Teach Online: A Beginner's Guide"

ALA TechSource Webinar, co-presented with Dan Freeman -- January 2014
(PowerPoint Presentation)

"Hitting the Focus Button (podcast)"

This episode (#132) of Maurice Coleman's T is for Training biweekly one-hour podcast features a very lively discussion among participants on the topics of MOOCs (massive online open courses), the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement, and course-completion rates in learning.

Recorded live in January 2014

(Archived audio-recording)

"Learning to Learn: Tips for Thriving in Tech Training" (Video)
This 11-minute presentation, prepared with Captivate and posted on YouTube for learners who are about to tackle any new tech tool, addresses the challenges of overcoming unfamiliarity with these tools and the need for help with the learning process itself. It is also designed to demonstrate how trainer-teacher-learners can address the challenges their learners face.

Online Demonstration -- October 2013

(Captivate Video)

"Community and Collaboration in an Onsite-Online World: An Annotated Bibliography"
A visual bibliography with annotations to resources for anyone who is currently involved in or wants to be involved in building communities and fostering successful collaborations: communities of learning, communities of practice, online communities, and a variety of others.

Updated March 19, 2013

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--Peter Block, Flawless Consulting
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