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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: 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
  2. 2. Thanks, Lisa, Val and Ian
  3. 3. #1 What do we really MEAN by community?
  4. 4.
  5. 5. Tech + Social: Technology has fundamentally changedhow we can be together
  6. 6. GoSolo?Thinking,my tasks,exploring…
  7. 7. Pairs, triads and very small groups?
  8. 8. Reciprocal Apprenticeship (Levy)
  9. 9. Fly with the flock?
  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
  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.com Whitenancyw at fullcirc dot