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fOSSa2011: Five Things About Online Community and Networks


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My talk at fOSSa2011 in Lyon France sharing some ideas about communities, networks and technology stewardship in the context of Open Source Software communities. Photos of the sketchnotes I did of other presentations can be found here:

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fOSSa2011: Five Things About Online Community and Networks

  1. 1. Twittering: frittering or connecting? Or…thoughts on designing for, connecting to, and holding space for groups, communities and networks. fOSSa 2011 Nancy White Full Circle Associates
  2. 2. Uh Oh!
  3. 3. Invite!
  4. 4. Two people One pen One piece of paper (No talking!) Thanks to Johnnie Moore & Alain Rostain
  5. 5. What did you notice? Take a moment to debrief with your partner.
  6. 6. Five more Ideas!
  7. 7. Tech + Social: Technology has fundamentally changed how we can be together
  8. 9. “ And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.”
  9. 11. Occupy…NAME YOUR SPACE /
  10. 12. new fabric of connectivity <ul><ul><li>togetherness & separation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>always on, virtual presence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>peripherality </li></ul></ul>active technology landscape <ul><ul><li>interacting & publishing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social & informational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>digital footprints </li></ul></ul>multiple engagement modes <ul><ul><li>mass collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>creative re-appropriation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>thin connections/weak ties </li></ul></ul>reconfigured geographies <ul><ul><li>competing spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multi-membership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>dynamic boundaries </li></ul></ul>
  11. 13. #2. New Roles
  12. 14. enable people to… <ul><li>discover & appropriate useful technology </li></ul><ul><li>be in and use communities & networks (people) </li></ul><ul><li>express their identity </li></ul><ul><li>find and create content </li></ul><ul><li>usefully participate </li></ul>
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  14. 16. facilitators community leaders technology stewards social artists Independent thinkers moderators
  15. 17. What the %&*# is a technology steward?
  16. 18. “ 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. Stewardship typically includes selecting and configuring technology, as well as supporting its use in the practice of the community.”
  17. 19. Social Artists a la Etienne Wenger
  18. 20. 3. The horizontal begs some vertical
  19. 22. trans·verse /transˈvərs/ Adjective: Situated or extending across something: &quot;a transverse beam&quot;.
  20. 23. Three Perspectives: Strategic goals Resources M & E Results Role & task clarity Feedback Purpose Ease Value
  21. 24. 4. Complexity and Safe-Fail Experiments (Snowden)   Some rights reserved  by  Josef Dunne
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  23. 26. 5. Reciprocity
  24. 27. <ul><li>Tech changes what it means to be together </li></ul><ul><li>New roles in a broad & deep world </li></ul><ul><li>Horizontal AND vertical </li></ul><ul><li>Safe-Fail experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>Reciprocity </li></ul>One more time…
  25. 28. Next? <ul><ul><li>Talk, write, Skype, Tweet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>@NancyWhite </li></ul></ul>   Some rights reserved  by  Eleaf