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Choosing social mediafor communities –mixing strong and weak ties JOHN DAVID SMITH Coaching communities, their leaders and their sponsors about technologies, politics and learning Jan-11 Learning Alliances 1 LEARNING ALLIANCES
What I wish I had said Social GROUPS discover and use social mediaDigital HABITATS support interaction & change The Jeddah floods can help us understand: social media and Saudi society
A community of practice is a group of people who interact over a sustained period of time to improve a skill or area of knowledge.
Joseph Sikeku Community radio in Tanzania http://bit.ly/CoP-radio
Community radio in Tanzania
Community – Farmers, Joseph Sikeku, & others
Domain – Farming practices, prices, etc.
Listen to radio, audio interviews, send SMS text messages, face-to-face connections.
Strength of Ties and Communities Granovetter’s (1973) definition Strength a result of a combination of: Amount of time Emotional intensity Intimacy (mutual confiding) Reciprocal services (“Multiplexity”) … impacts tool choice Twitter and blogs extend weak ties Skype and face-to-face essential for strong ties E-mail and forums are in between “All bridges are weak ties.”
Community outcomes Technical knowledge dissemination A visible practice emerges Farmers as researchers Voice for a voiceless group A sense of community empowerment …. leads to a reduction in poverty
Communities ask themselves… What tools to use?Who are we?Where are we going?How reach our destination?
Jan-11 Learning Alliances 10 Thank you! John David Smith LEARNING ALLIANCES 503. 963. 8229 John.Smith@LearningAlliances.net http://LearningAlliances.net Skype and Twitter: smithjd