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Building Community In The Civic Space 1228363486781910 9


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This is a basic overview to start thinking about building and participating in collaborative community in the Civic Space - everything outside the four walls of any organization. The document offers simple, starting questions to help people get involved, experience, and relate to the context of spatial networked community that can exist face-to-face and online. Also included are real examples readers can learn from and get ideas to apply to their own endeavors. The document was written by Betsey Merkel, Co-Founder and Director, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) Dec 2008. Please post your comments and questions! You can learn more about innovation, building networks, and collaborative communities at Email if you would like to contribute an interview about your work as it relates to strengthening prosperity in communities and their regions.

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Building Community In The Civic Space 1228363486781910 9

  1. 1. Building Community in the Civic Space Revitalizing communities in America. December 2008 The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open)
  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: prepared by I-Open Distributed under a Creative Commons 3.0 license. You can learn more about Creative Commons license at
  3. 3. ‣ Civic Spaces & Collaborative Communities ‣ Web 2.0 ‣ Your Next Steps
  4. 4. ‣ Your First Step: Creating Civic Spaces for Collaborative Communities ‣ What is the Civic Space? ‣ Why is the Civic Space important? ‣ Why collaborate in the Civic Space?
  5. 5. We begin by practicing new behaviors in the Civic Space to facilitate collaboration. Text
  6. 6. I-Open develops Civic Spaces to create new habits of thinking and acting together. This is the first step in creating Collaborative Communities.
  7. 7. • What does community mean to you?
  8. 8. Collaborative Communities are both face to face... February 7, 2008 Midtown Brews with Meet The Bloggers: Ohio’s Energy Portfolio: Economic Development in Your 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 also online. I-Open builds collaborative communities online using an integrated Web 2.0 tool set provided by Near-Time, a firm located in Raleigh, N.C.
  10. 10. Northeast Ohio is home to several national models of online Collaborative Communities. REALNEO (above) and the Lakewood Observer (right)
  11. 11. • What face to face and online communities are you active in or know about?
  12. 12. Collaborative Communities can be both regional... Examples of I-Open Collaborative Communities based in Northeast Ohio.
  13. 13. ...and Collaborative Communities can be national. I-Open Collaborative Communities launched at national gatherings connect participants once they return home.
  14. 14. Examples of I-Open Education I-Open’s Learning Links citizen stories skills training Collaborative Midtown Brews technology, creative and energy Communities Map the Mess political transparency based in Northeast Ohio. Linked Communities Open Conversations community priorities Defrag creative digital media WENetwork women and leadership enterprise Democracy in Action citizen-government networks World of Work workforce development
  15. 15. What do collaborative communities offer? • Trust building • Networks to break down barriers • A new generation of cross disciplinary learning skills • Opportunities for project building or enterprise collaboration using Strategic Doing • They are fun, social, and convivial
  16. 16. • Name some benefits you have experienced from participating in collaborative communities.
  17. 17. ‣ Creating Civic Spaces for Collaborative Communities ‣ Web 2.0 ‣ Your Next Steps
  18. 18. Social Media tools expand online Collaborative Communities quickly to build global networks and share and receive information instantly...
  19. 19. Social Media tools help our conversations to stay organized and pro-active by... • Creating accountability to an unseen global audience • Iterating fast moving comparisons • With purposeful conversations • Co-created by community interests • Designed to focus on critical aspects
  20. 20. For example, the I-Open Education Internet Television channel offers access to anyone... • 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. I-Open Education Internet Television channel Creative Brand Live Show Live Chat Archived sessions Share
  22. 22. • What have you learned from using the Internet?
  23. 23. ‣ Creating Civic Spaces for Collaborative Communities ‣ Web 2.0 ‣ Your Next Steps
  24. 24. Some Next Steps to consider... • Join the I-Open Education online community • Begin to think about building enterprise collaboration with a new perspective from the details you will learn Thur and Fri about networks, civility and Strategic Doing.
  25. 25. Collaborative Communities to explore REALNEO Lakewood Observer WIRED-Nation Midtown Brews Women’s Enterprise Network
  26. 26. New terms of interest • Networks • Strategic Doing • Collaborative Leadership • Web 2.0 • Collaborative Communities • Enterprise Collaboration
  27. 27. Important lessons learned from the Open Source Software Industry: • 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 and Technology, School of Information and Computer Science, University of California Irvine.
  28. 28. Thank you To learn more, send your contact information to: E-mail: