Virtual newtorks and digital worlds

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A presentation by David Barrow (NZFVWO) and me for ACE (Adult and Community Education) Winter Series, 23 June 2009, Petone.

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Virtual newtorks and digital worlds

  1. 1. VIRTUAL NETWORKS AND DIGITAL FORUMS PRESENTATION TO ACE WELLINGTON WINTER SERIES, 23 JUNE 2009, PETONE David Barrow, NZFVWO Stephen Blyth, Common Knowledge
  2. 2. We know social media tools exist, but… Have so far refused to get involved See others using it Have had a look at some of the tools Have joined Facebook Have used some of the tools, but only slightly Use the tools frequently
  3. 3. What we’ll cover 1. What’s happening out there: social media, web 2.0 and all that virtual jazz 2. Some case studies: making use of virtual networks and digital forums 3. Grounded in grassroots Aotearoa: CommunityCentral platform
  4. 4. Social media in a nutshell Two-way, interactive Rating, ranking, thumbs up/ down Connecting people User contributed content Explore - it’s free and mostly won’t break (though watch-out ads) Integrated in forums Much, much more than just words: pics, sound, video, art Prone to fads, trends and bandwagons Gosh, this can take a lot of time
  5. 5. Credit: www.flickr.com/photos/van swearingen/
  6. 6. “It’s all about the social, not the media” Anonymous Credit: www.flickr.com/photos/van swearingen/
  7. 7. Some case studies 1. e-engage your community conferences - planning online 2. online participation community of practice - learning and sharing using a wiki 3. your experiences???
  8. 8. Engage your community case study Planning group met once so far in Auckland Planning for event done using Skype, email, telephone PBWorks wiki set up to share stored information – agenda, meeting notes, background documents, whiteboard content, chats/discussions, etc. Follow-ups using Skype Members can comment on content Everyone has access to all information Notifications when content changes/uploaded
  9. 9. Insights about interacting online Excellent supplement to face-to-face meetings or gatherings Prone to same ups and downs as any network - bouts of enthusiasm and neglect Conflict is rare, but when well managed it can help generate fruitful exchange Wiki? GoogleGroups? CommunityCentral? - right selection can enable participation, wrong one leave is a kiss of death Facilitators adept at traversing online environment are essential Protocols or groundrules to set tone of community interactions Why not just pick up the phone?
  10. 10. Grounded in the grassroots: CommunityCentral entral e as a c or through “CIMS will serv he sect ions hu b for t to set up and com municat ons will be able s networks anisati ication w hich org r own commun fic IT manag e thei speci ithout requiring .” w kno wledge Naj Dehlavi, former Communications Manager NZFVWO
  11. 11. About CommunityCentral Situation: people on different computers in different organisations in different areas cannot easily share information Other collaborative online tools around More than a website: online platform for people to work together Designed for those starting out using online collaboration • Private workspaces • Networks
  12. 12. What we stand for! For the community, by the community, of the community IP retained by those who create & share it Data retained in NZ Friendly Support person available
  13. 13. David’s contact details Email: info@nzfvwo.org.nz Website: www.nzfvwo.org.nz Phone: 04 385 0981
  14. 14. Get in touch: stephen[at]commonknowledge.net.nz www.commonknowledge.net.nz ph 021 0325177

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