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This isn't what I thought it was: community in the network age

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A narrated version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YB82kbj-NXw This was a short remote presentation that was part of a panel at the CACUSS 12.0: Engaging Digital Citizens conference <http: /> in Vancouver BC, Canada.

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This isn't what I thought it was: community in the network age

  1. 1. “This isn’t whatI thought itwas…”community in thenetwork age Nancy White Full Circle Associates http://www.fullcirc.com
  2. 2. Thanks, Lisa, Val and Ian
  3. 3. #1 What do we really MEAN by community?
  4. 4. http://technologyforcommunities.com/http://www.flickr.com/photos/sveinhal/2201546999/
  5. 5. Tech + Social: Technology has fundamentally changedhow we can be together
  6. 6. GoSolo?Thinking,my tasks,exploring… http://www.flickr.com/photos/h-k-d/4777491309/
  7. 7. Pairs, triads and very small groups?
  8. 8. Reciprocal Apprenticeship (Levy)http://www.flickr.com/photos/zachstern/87431231/
  9. 9. Fly with the flock? http://www.flickr.com/photos/odreiuqzide/3184901242/
  10. 10. Roam the network?
  11. 11. Personal identity, interest & Me: the Individual trajectory BoundedWe: Communities membership; group identity, shared interest, human centeredBoundaryless; fuzzy, intersecting interests, object centered sociality Many: Networks (Engeström)
  12. 12. Consciousness,confidence Me: the Individuallevel, risktolerance,styles, emotion Distinct power/trust dynamics, shared forward movement orWe: Communities strong blocking, bonding, stasis, attn. to maintenance,Flows around languageblocks, bridging,brokering, lesscohesion, Many: Networksdistributedpower/trust, change
  13. 13. My email,journals, email, Me: the Individualportfolios,Facebook page,etc. Meetings, confs.,We: Communities projects, wikis, group blogs, collaborative Facebook, platforms… ELGG, Twitter, YouTube, Wikipedia,etc… Many: Networks
  14. 14. #2Roles
  15. 15. 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/stillthedudeabides/186852754/
  16. 16. facilitatorscommunity leaderstechnology stewards network weaversIndependent thinkers moderators
  17. 17. 3# ActivityOrientationsSpidergram
  18. 18. … meetings … open-ended … projects conversation… content … access to publishing Community expertise activities oriented to … … individual … relationships participation … community cultivation … context Base material from: Digital Habitats: Stewarding technology for communities © 2009 Wenger, White, and Smith
  19. 19. Orientations Picking tools? How?• Meetings – Web meeting tools for • Community cultivation – Outward online, shared calendars and wikis for facing web sites to attract members, planning, wikis, blogs, Twitter/IM to feel connected, Skype for images/audio/video to capture and voice. share during and after. • Individual participation –• Projects – Email lists/forums to RSS/aggregators, tagging, so people coordinate, shared calendars, project can craft what content they get, management trackers, blogs to customizable settings on web tools, journal/report. using synch and asynch• Access to expertise – Online profiles, • Content – content management social networking sites, “yellow pages,” systems, blogs, wikis, podcasts, social discussion forums, blogs. bookmarking, tags, video/audio,• Relationship – Twitter/IM to share images, mindmapping. small frequent messages, member • Open ended conversation – email directories, Skype/VoIp for lists, forums, Twitter, chat. conversation.• Context – Public, open websites for outward facing. Password protected for inward facing groups. Base material from: Digital Habitats: Stewarding technology for communities © 2009 Wenger, White, and Smith
  20. 20. Community Name: KM4Dev Once a year and only about global knowledge sharing network … meetings 10% do/can participate. Email list is core of … open-ended community activity conversation … projects When funding allows. E.G.Community knowledge wiki, supporting ShareFaircontent management systemto bring together resources. … content … access to publishing expertise activities oriented to … Informally via the email list With only one meeting a by asking/answeringyear, large size and questions.diversity, KM4Devfocuses on enablingindividual participation. Relationships mostly via meetings and core group. … individual Strongly participation external – all … relationships resources public/shared. While everyone pays … community Base material from: attention to the cultivation … context Digital Habitats: Stewarding technology for community, no communities © 2009 Wenger, White, and Smith centralized efforts…
  21. 21. Monthly meetings with Example: The Environmental … meetings everyone at the university Resource Network concerned about the environment, shared calendars Bump into another … open-ended member? Have a conversation … projects conversation, emails Awareness events, orientation for environmental student groups, workshops Blog, website,… content … access to expertise activities oriented to … Inviting experts to monthly meetings/events/workshopAnyone with an interest in the senvironment can be a memberbut the network targets activestudent groups, rss Twitter, Facebook, email list, member directories… individual participation Public. Minutes are shared. Network is … relationships Members connected accountable to all … community students who pay a … context through a shared levy interest cultivation Base material from: Digital Habitats: Stewarding technology for communities, © 2009 Wenger, White, and Smith
  22. 22. ERN and KM4Dev-ers … meetings … open-ended conversation … projects… content … access to publishing expertise activities oriented to … … relationships… individual participation … community Base material from: Digital Habitats: Stewarding technology for cultivation … context communities © 2009 Wenger, White, and Smith
  23. 23. EpilogueResources:www.technologyforcommunities.comhttp://davecormier.com/edblog/2010/01/27/community-as-curriculum-vol-2-the-guild-distribute-continuum/ContactNancy Whitenancyw at fullcirc dot comhttp:www.fullcirc.com@NancyWhite http://www.flickr.com/photos/poagao/527259905/

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