Meet the citizen expert: societal change seen fromthe trenchesAlberto Cottica
Citizens as experts
“The future is already here.It’s just not evenly distributed yet.”                            William Gibson
you    you             MASSIVELYA THINK TANK ISTRIBUTED            D         EXPERIENCE BASED           SELF-SELECTED     ...
Act 1: seed
Campaigns                    Learning            Where did you     Take an onlineMissions    learn your key   lecture. Doe...
Act 2: grow
1,000               Twitter users9,000               tweets Citizens as a communication team:Edgeryders on Twitter, Mar-Ju...
1200   participants500mission reports4000   comments
Act 3: harvest
1,700                        pagesof high quality ethnographic data
The EDGERYDERS guide to the future   ITHEEDGERYDERSGUIDE TO THE   FUTUREA HANDBOOK FORPOLICYMAKERS &   DESIGNERS OFPOLICY-...
The Edgeryders networkin December 2012Density 0.028Average weighted degree10.87Average distance 2.3
The Edgeryders networkwith moderatorsremovedDensity 0.013Average weighted degree3.7Average distance 3.3
The Edgeryders networkwith moderatorsremovedModularity 0.5Subcommunities areclearly visible
What aresubcommunities talkingabout?Blue edge = morespecialization on one orfew topics, red edge = nospecialization, all t...
Topic treeHow “broad” and “deep”are discussions?
Topic tree (detail)A nice fractal patternbetween topics,subtopics, posts andcomments
So, what have we built?
Inclusive: a space for individual citizens to be heard
Diverse: be everyone to engage with everyone!
Open: anyone can join without permission
Effective: highly relevant results
ConsultancyThe future social business           self-correcting               truthful           + consultation
THANK YOU               http://edgeryders.eu  Photo credits: the yes man, Medhin Paolos, Photographic Poetry, h.koppdelaney,
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  1. 1. Meet the citizen expert: societal change seen fromthe trenchesAlberto Cottica
  2. 2. Citizens as experts
  3. 3. “The future is already here.It’s just not evenly distributed yet.” William Gibson
  4. 4. you you MASSIVELYA THINK TANK ISTRIBUTED D EXPERIENCE BASED SELF-SELECTED COLLABORATIVE
  5. 5. Act 1: seed
  6. 6. Campaigns Learning Where did you Take an onlineMissions learn your key lecture. Does it [...] skills? work?Missionreports
  7. 7. Act 2: grow
  8. 8. 1,000 Twitter users9,000 tweets Citizens as a communication team:Edgeryders on Twitter, Mar-Jun 2012
  9. 9. 1200 participants500mission reports4000 comments
  10. 10. Act 3: harvest
  11. 11. 1,700 pagesof high quality ethnographic data
  12. 12. The EDGERYDERS guide to the future ITHEEDGERYDERSGUIDE TO THE FUTUREA HANDBOOK FORPOLICYMAKERS & DESIGNERS OFPOLICY-ORIENTED ONLINE COMMUNITIES
  13. 13. The Edgeryders networkin December 2012Density 0.028Average weighted degree10.87Average distance 2.3
  14. 14. The Edgeryders networkwith moderatorsremovedDensity 0.013Average weighted degree3.7Average distance 3.3
  15. 15. The Edgeryders networkwith moderatorsremovedModularity 0.5Subcommunities areclearly visible
  16. 16. What aresubcommunities talkingabout?Blue edge = morespecialization on one orfew topics, red edge = nospecialization, all topicsequally discussed
  17. 17. Topic treeHow “broad” and “deep”are discussions?
  18. 18. Topic tree (detail)A nice fractal patternbetween topics,subtopics, posts andcomments
  19. 19. So, what have we built?
  20. 20. Inclusive: a space for individual citizens to be heard
  21. 21. Diverse: be everyone to engage with everyone!
  22. 22. Open: anyone can join without permission
  23. 23. Effective: highly relevant results
  24. 24. ConsultancyThe future social business self-correcting truthful + consultation
  25. 25. THANK YOU http://edgeryders.eu Photo credits: the yes man, Medhin Paolos, Photographic Poetry, h.koppdelaney,

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