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Let’s begin by taking a long view on the word ‘community’ and some related terms. Here’s a cosmic cluster… perhaps a ‘community’ of stars. Are clusters community? Perhaps not. Photo credit: http://asterisk.apod.com/viewtopic.php?&t=25161
From the infinitely great to the very, very small. Is a cluster of cells a ‘community’? Perhaps not as well. But I hope you’re already beginning to think more deeply about the concept of community and communication between organisms. http://talk-technology.blogspot.com/2012/01/biologists-replicate-key-evolutionary.html
This aspen tree cluster is very interesting. The trees on the surface appear to be separate organisms, but in truth, everything you see here and for many miles around is connected by a single tree root system. Is it a single plant? Many plants sharing a survival resource system? A ‘community’ of organisms perhaps able to survive on their own, but ‘choosing’ to connect – ‘choosing’ to be interdependent In order to truly thrive?
Photo credit: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/07/ancient-humans-lived-in-norfolk-up-to-950000-years-ago/1 And http://www.historycooperative.org/cgi-bin/justtop.cgi?act=justtop&url=http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/jwh/16.4/beaujard.html
ReformationOnline communities are reformingglobal and local power relationships
Communities in contextOnline communities operate in the context of thesocial & political worlds in which they are developed
Reformation Online communities are not exempt from the rules and norms of the world
Rise of Global Network GovernanceThe rise of Global Network Governanceis a process…•Shaped by states, but not controlled by them•Shaped by corporations, individuals,non-governmental organizations,and other groups
Rise of Global Network GovernanceSo far, no entity trumps the others•Realists claim the State holds the trump card•Marxists claim that it Capital is in the driver’sseat
Rise of Global Network GovernanceHistory shows ultimately it is the Peoplewho are in charge andnew connective technologiesonly increase their powerand ability to organize collective action “Panarchy: Governance in the Network Age” - Paul Hartzog