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Proximity, Democracy, and Sustainability Tracing the connection between physical proximity and negotiated interests. Gabriel Mugar Technology as Public Good Spring 2011
Space and Democracy This weeks readings look at the element of proximity and how it is integral to sustainability and democracy Environments for information sharing are critical for: Telling a story and seeing if others have similar experiences Learning about resources that can help overcome obstacles
Shared Awareness	 Beauregard believes that sustainability begins with attention to shared needs Political struggle of today is NOT about power, but about recognition, the recognition of needs. A politics of recognition requires a discursive democracy
Shared Awareness	 Shared awareness begins with conversation. It is an aggregation of ideas that forms the ground for collective action Hegel’s collective world building,  Appadurai’s imagination as staging ground for action. Anderson’s notion of the “embryo of the nationally imagined community” that emerged after printing press. Clay Shirky’s description of the Korean teenage protestors who connected in an online boy band forum.
Surrounded by Others	 When we become aware of our needs in relation to others, we begin to negotiate our needs with others needs. Negotiation as a form of empathy. The city cultivates empathy because we are constantly in public: “In them [public spaces], people will encounter strangers…living together under these circumstances means  learning how to be tolerant of others. This provides the basis for empathy and for a willingness to engage with those unlike ones self.” -Beauregard
Negotiated Interests and Sustainability The passage for a private story to become public is for the storyteller to consider “alternatives understandings and to differentiate among personal responsibility, private interests, and public concerns.” –Beauregard When people can share their stories and negotiate understandings, they are more likely to become concerned with the sustainability of their shared world Sustainability emphasizes the concerns that people hold in common.
Places to Share Information Grounds: A space with a primary activity that has information sharing as a secondary outcome. Oldenburg’s concept of the “Third Place.,” a space between work and home where informal sharing of information takes place. Coffee shops, bars, libraries, gyms…foot clinics…
Third Place Characteristics of a Third Place: Occur on neutral ground No formal criteria for membership Conversation as main activity Accessible Information flow as byproduct of social interaction.
QBPL Before coming to the United States, immigrants bound for Queens are told to connect with the QBPL to learn about valuable resources in their community. The librarian act as nodes of information transfer
Information Grounds on Campus Students found face to face contact as a desirable feature of IG when compared to online information retrieval. This point emphasizes the social component of IG. Proximity is most important characteristic of IG. Almost half of students said they knew people at their IG by name. 50-75% of students said information encountered at IG was by chance.
Felicitous Encounter	 Hardt and Negri:  “The great wealth of the metropolis is revealed when the felicitous encounter results in a new production of the common—when, for instance, people communicate their different knowledge’s, different capacities to form cooperatively something new. The felicitous encounter, in effect, produces a new social body that is more capable than either of the single bodies was alone.” Jane Jacobs:  Says that cities should be designed to promote informal encounters. If they are people will be more resourceful. Granovetter’s Strength of Weak Ties: People who have a larger network of weak ties are more resourceful than those with large strong tie networks.
Complementary Public Space Online Neighborhood Networks: As much as we like to praise the city and the values of proximity, sometimes distance is not the only problem. The Value of Asynchronous Communication: Members of the same neighborhood who don’t live close or are on different schedules can engage in conversation. Asset Based Community Development: Mapping assets of the community boosts awareness of what is available. People engage in collaborative mapping to share what they know.

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Proximatedemocracy

  • 1. Proximity, Democracy, and Sustainability Tracing the connection between physical proximity and negotiated interests. Gabriel Mugar Technology as Public Good Spring 2011
  • 2. Space and Democracy This weeks readings look at the element of proximity and how it is integral to sustainability and democracy Environments for information sharing are critical for: Telling a story and seeing if others have similar experiences Learning about resources that can help overcome obstacles
  • 3. Shared Awareness Beauregard believes that sustainability begins with attention to shared needs Political struggle of today is NOT about power, but about recognition, the recognition of needs. A politics of recognition requires a discursive democracy
  • 4. Shared Awareness Shared awareness begins with conversation. It is an aggregation of ideas that forms the ground for collective action Hegel’s collective world building, Appadurai’s imagination as staging ground for action. Anderson’s notion of the “embryo of the nationally imagined community” that emerged after printing press. Clay Shirky’s description of the Korean teenage protestors who connected in an online boy band forum.
  • 5. Surrounded by Others When we become aware of our needs in relation to others, we begin to negotiate our needs with others needs. Negotiation as a form of empathy. The city cultivates empathy because we are constantly in public: “In them [public spaces], people will encounter strangers…living together under these circumstances means learning how to be tolerant of others. This provides the basis for empathy and for a willingness to engage with those unlike ones self.” -Beauregard
  • 6. Negotiated Interests and Sustainability The passage for a private story to become public is for the storyteller to consider “alternatives understandings and to differentiate among personal responsibility, private interests, and public concerns.” –Beauregard When people can share their stories and negotiate understandings, they are more likely to become concerned with the sustainability of their shared world Sustainability emphasizes the concerns that people hold in common.
  • 7. Places to Share Information Grounds: A space with a primary activity that has information sharing as a secondary outcome. Oldenburg’s concept of the “Third Place.,” a space between work and home where informal sharing of information takes place. Coffee shops, bars, libraries, gyms…foot clinics…
  • 8. Third Place Characteristics of a Third Place: Occur on neutral ground No formal criteria for membership Conversation as main activity Accessible Information flow as byproduct of social interaction.
  • 9. QBPL Before coming to the United States, immigrants bound for Queens are told to connect with the QBPL to learn about valuable resources in their community. The librarian act as nodes of information transfer
  • 10. Information Grounds on Campus Students found face to face contact as a desirable feature of IG when compared to online information retrieval. This point emphasizes the social component of IG. Proximity is most important characteristic of IG. Almost half of students said they knew people at their IG by name. 50-75% of students said information encountered at IG was by chance.
  • 11. Felicitous Encounter Hardt and Negri: “The great wealth of the metropolis is revealed when the felicitous encounter results in a new production of the common—when, for instance, people communicate their different knowledge’s, different capacities to form cooperatively something new. The felicitous encounter, in effect, produces a new social body that is more capable than either of the single bodies was alone.” Jane Jacobs: Says that cities should be designed to promote informal encounters. If they are people will be more resourceful. Granovetter’s Strength of Weak Ties: People who have a larger network of weak ties are more resourceful than those with large strong tie networks.
  • 12. Complementary Public Space Online Neighborhood Networks: As much as we like to praise the city and the values of proximity, sometimes distance is not the only problem. The Value of Asynchronous Communication: Members of the same neighborhood who don’t live close or are on different schedules can engage in conversation. Asset Based Community Development: Mapping assets of the community boosts awareness of what is available. People engage in collaborative mapping to share what they know.