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Building Collaborative Community in the Civic Space 2014


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Building Collaborative Communities in the Civic Space

Building Collaborative Communities in the Civic Space-Accelerating innovation in Open Source Economic Development by Betsey Merkel, Co-Founder, Director and Social Intelligence Lead at the Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open).

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Building Collaborative Community in the Civic Space 2014

  1. 1. Building Collaborative Communities in the Civic Space Accelerating innovation in Open Source Economic Development ! ! Updated February 2014 ! Created by Betsey Merkel,Co-Founder & Director The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) Cleveland,Ohio USA 44103
  2. 2. This material is copyright I-Open and distributed under a Creative Commons 3.0 attribution license.That means you are free to modify,copy and use this material for commercial purposes provided that you attribute it as follows: ! Source: Betsey Merkel and I-Open,Copyright 2010-2014 Distributed under Creative Commons 3.0 license. You can learn more about Creative Commons license at
  3. 3. • Civic Spaces • Collaborative Communities • Social Media • Your Next Steps
  4. 4. I-Open teaches communities how to build open, neutral spaces for new conversations ! Where new habits of thinking and acting together are encouraged ! We call this the Civic Space.It includes Everyone ! This is the first step toward building prosperity
  5. 5. Text We practice new behaviors driven by principles to facilitate collaboration
  6. 6. Collaborative communities are formed by people who share common interests, looking for new opportunities, lost hope, or who may just be curious
  7. 7. This is what Collaborative Communities look like...
  8. 8. Collaborative Communities are face to face... February 7,2008 Midtown Brews with MeetThe Bloggers:Ohio’s Energy Portfolio:Economic Development inYour Backyard June 10, 2008 Midtown Brews with Meet The Bloggers: The Youngstown Business Incubator: A Global Model of Quality, Connected Business Innovation
  9. 9. ...and Collaborative Communities are online Build collaborative communities online using integratedWeb 2.0 tool sets
  10. 10. Collaborative Communities can be regional... Examples of I-Open Collaborative Communities based in Northeast Ohio
  11. 11. Northeast Ohio is home to several national models of online Collaborative Communities REALNEO (above) and the Lakewood Observer (right)
  12. 12. ...and Collaborative Communities can be national I-Open Collaborative Communities launched at national gatherings connect participants once they return home to stay connected and enable follow up to new opportunities
  13. 13. Examples of I-Open’s Collaborative Communities based in Northeast Ohio with a global reach (2010) Midtown Brews technology, creative and energy WENetwork! women and leadership enterprise! Democracy in Action! citizen-government! networks! World of Work! workforce development Map the Mess! political transparency I-Open Education! skills training Learning Links! citizen stories Open Conversations Linked Communities! community priorities Defrag! creative digital media
  14. 14. What do collaborative communities offer you? • Trust building • Networks to break down barriers • A new generation of cross disciplinary learning skills • Opportunities for project building,or enterprise collaboration • Opportunities for Strategic Doing • Fun and convivial relationships
  15. 15. Some questions to think about: • Where do you gather with others where you live? • What does collaborating mean to you? • Where do you go to experience ‘community’? • What face to face and online communities do you participate in or know about? • How could a community help you and what you are passionate about?
  16. 16. • Civic Spaces • Collaborative Communities • Social Media • Your Next Steps
  17. 17. Social Media tools expand online Collaborative Communities quickly to build global networks and share and receive information instantly...
  18. 18. Web based conversations • Create accountability to an unseen global audience • Iterate fast moving comparisons • Sustain purposeful conversations • Engage co-created community interests designed to focus on strategic issues
  19. 19. Example: I-Open Education Internet Television channel ! Live Chat !! ! ! Archived sessions ! ! Share Creative Brand ! Live Show
  20. 20. Social Media tools allow anyone to • Participate regardless of location • Engage in multi-task learning by 1. chatting live with the class and others online 2. review archived sessions at your convenience 3. share information with colleagues
  21. 21. Next Steps • • Convene a conversation ! Learn about the Civic Space,social media, and collaborative communities
  22. 22. Collaborative Communities to explore ! !
  23. 23. Words of interest • civic space • civic forum process • partnerships • collaborative communities • social media & broadcast
  24. 24. Open Source Software Industry lessons The overall evolutionary dynamic is reinvention Reinvention enables continuous improvement Communities co-evolve The success of one depends on the success of the other From“Community Development and Interaction in Open Source Software Development Projects and Beyond,” Walt Scacchi,Institute for Software Research and Laboratory for Computer Game Culture andTechnology,School of Information and Computer Science,University of California Irvine. • • • •
  25. 25. Thank you! Learn more about I-Open at ! Send your questions to