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Digital Habitats
stewarding technology for
communities
Etienne Wenger
Nancy White
John D. Smith
http://www.technologyforco...
What the
%&*# is a
technology
steward?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dani3l3/364684710/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dani3l3/364684710/
“Technology stewards
are people with
enough experience of
the workings of ...
Stewardship
typically includes
selecting and
configuring
technology, as
well as supporting
its use in the
practice of the
...
Technology stewards
enable people to…
• discover & appropriate useful
technology
• be in and use communities &
networks (p...
… meetings
… relationships
… community
cultivation
… access to
expertise
… projects
… context
… individual
participation
…...
Togetherness Separateness
Interacting/participation Publishing/reification
Individual Group
addressing inherentaddressing inherent
community polaritiescommunity polarities
Group
Individual
Participation
Reification...
More…
Etienne Wenger
http://www.ewenger.com
Nancy White
http://www.fullcirc.com
John David Smith
http://www.learningallian...
More…
Etienne Wenger
http://www.ewenger.com
Nancy White
http://www.fullcirc.com
John David Smith
http://www.learningallian...
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  • Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dani3l3/364684710/
  • Technology stewardship is not a solo gig, but by, of and for the community. It is about that balance between control and emergence, between "self-organizing" and "organizing on behalf of others." It balances the wisdom of the group, with the reality of getting things done.
  • Stewardship typically includes selecting and configuring technology, as well as supporting its use in the practice of the community.” It’s not just an “up front set up role” but something that is part of the life of the community. Etienne Wenger says 'Design and little and practice a lot.'  That applies to any aspect of community leadership!
  • These roles and practices create the conditions that enable people to….
  • In our research of CoPs we noticed 9 general patterns of activities that characterized a community’s orientation. Most had a mix, but some were more prominent in every case.
    Image: Wenger, White and Smith, 2007
  • Sliders – as we think about how we pick, design and deploy technology, what sort of intentionality do we want with respect to these tensions? More importantly, how do we use them as ways to track our community’s health, make adjustments in both technology and practice.
  • Transcript of "Digital Habitats SIKM Presentation"

    1. 1. Digital Habitats stewarding technology for communities Etienne Wenger Nancy White John D. Smith http://www.technologyforcommunities.com
    2. 2. What the %&*# is a technology steward? http://www.flickr.com/photos/dani3l3/364684710/
    3. 3. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dani3l3/364684710/ “Technology stewards are people with enough experience of the workings of a community to understand its technology needs, and enough experience with technology to take leadership in addressing those needs…
    4. 4. Stewardship typically includes selecting and configuring technology, as well as supporting its use in the practice of the community.” Wenger, White and Smith, 2007
    5. 5. Technology stewards enable people to… • discover & appropriate useful technology • be in and use communities & networks (people) • express their identity • find and create content • usefully participate http://www.flickr.com/photos/sveinhal/2201546999
    6. 6. … meetings … relationships … community cultivation … access to expertise … projects … context … individual participation … content publishing … open-ended conversation Community activities oriented to … Base material from: Digital Habitats: Stewarding technology for communities © 2009 Wenger, White, and Smith
    7. 7. Togetherness Separateness Interacting/participation Publishing/reification Individual Group
    8. 8. addressing inherentaddressing inherent community polaritiescommunity polarities Group Individual Participation Reification asynchronous synchronous discussion boards teleconference chat instant messaging member directory wikiblog telephony/ VoIP individual profile page e-mail e-mail lists scratch pad RSS “new” indicators subscription podcast content repository presence indicator buddy list security Q&A systems RSS aggregator newsletter calendar videoconference application sharing whiteboard site index participation statistics search subgroups personalization community public page version control document management UseNet content rating scheduling polling commenting networking tools tagging bookmarking shared filtering geomapping interest filter Etienne Wenger In collaboration with Nancy White and John Smith micro- blogging
    9. 9. More… Etienne Wenger http://www.ewenger.com Nancy White http://www.fullcirc.com John David Smith http://www.learningalliances.net Book Site http://technologyforcommunities.com Tools Wiki: http://cpsquare.org/wiki/Technology_for_Communities_project
    10. 10. More… Etienne Wenger http://www.ewenger.com Nancy White http://www.fullcirc.com John David Smith http://www.learningalliances.net Book Site http://technologyforcommunities.com Tools Wiki: http://cpsquare.org/wiki/Technology_for_Communities_project
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