Stephen Thorpe

Dr. Stephen Thorpe is a Director of Zenergy, an academic, facilitator, trainer, and educator who specialises in group work in the online world. He is passionate about assisting people to collaborate using a range of online technologies and trains people around the world in online facilitation skills.

Stephen loves researching ways to enhance the effectiveness of online groups and his Ph.D. explored the use of storytelling in the facilitation of online relationship development. Stephen also holds a Diploma of Facilitation from Zenergy and a Bachelor of Business with First Class Honours from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) where he has a background researching computer-assisted group work and teaching user-centered design part-time.

He is the Deputy Head of the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the Auckland university of Technology and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal an international peer-reviewed journal for group facilitation practitioners. Stephen is also is a member of the E-Government Participation Community of Practice – part of New Zealand’s E-Government strategy and on the Advisory Panel of the Global Facilitators Service Corps (GFSC).

Some of Stephen’s recent publications include: a chapter on The Use of Storytelling in Building Online Group Relationships in the Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication (2008); a chapter onFacilitating Effective Online Participation in E-Government. In New Zealand E-government 2007: Progress Towards Transformation published by the State Services Commission; and a chapter entitled Facilitation Online inThe Art of Facilitation (2007).
Research Publications

Chapters in Books

Thorpe, S. (2008) Facilitating effective online participation in e-government. In New Zealand E-government 2007: Progress Towards Transformation. State Services Commission, pp. 103-104.
Thorpe, S. (2008) The Use of Storytelling in Building Online Group Relationships. In Kelsey, S. and St. Amant, K. The Handbook of Research on Computer Mediated Communication. San Francisco: Idea Group Inc.
Thorpe, S. (2007) Welcome to Issue 8. Editorial. Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal. 8, p. 8.
Thorpe, S. (2007) Facilitation Online. In Hunter, D. The Art of Facilitation. Random House New Zealand: Auckland.
Hunter, D. & S. Thorpe (2005) Facilitator Values and Ethics. In S. Schuman (Ed.), The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Thorpe, S. (2004) Online Storytelling in IS Research. Chapter 2. (ed) Cusack, B. The Proceedings of the 2004 NACCQ Post-Graduate Symposium. Auckland, Trumps.
Thorpe, S. (2001) E-learning as an Opportunity for Higher Learning Institutions. In Tayeb, A. and J. Metzner, L. Bornstein (Eds.) Education Without Borders. CERT Publishing Centre: Abu Dhabi, UAE.


Hunter, D. & S. Thorpe (2006) Mapping the Field of Facilitation. Paper presented at The 9th IAF Asia Facilitators Conference. August 31 – September 1, 2006, Singapore.
Thorpe, S. (2004). Online Facilitation. Paper presented at Heart Politics. January 7-11, Taupo.
Thorpe, S. & P. Carter, A. Baker, B. Lough (2002) The Use of a Large Interactive Display Surface (LIDS) in Graphic Design Teaching. Proceedings of the 19th Annual conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). December 8-11, Auckland.
Thorpe, S. & Carter, P. (2002). Factors Impacting on the use of Large Interactive Display Surfaces. Unpublished paper.
Thorpe, S. (2001) Online Facilitation Pilot Study: An Exploration of the Zenergy Online Group. Paper presented at AFN/ALARPM/IAP2/SCIAR. October 7-8, 2001, Brisbane, Australia.
Thorpe, S. (2000) Usability Testing for Web-based Travel Agents. Paper presented at The 4th Annual New Zealand Tourism and Hospitality Research Conference. December 5-8, 2000, Auckland.