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Effat u-dec2010-v4

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Effat u-dec2010-v4

  1. 1. Choosing social mediafor communities –mixing strong and weak ties<br />JOHN DAVID SMITH<br />Coaching communities, their leaders and their sponsors <br />about technologies, politics and learning<br />Jan-11 Learning Alliances<br />1<br />LEARNING ALLIANCES<br />
  2. 2. What I wish I had said<br />Social GROUPS  discover and use social mediaDigital HABITATS  support interaction & change<br />The Jeddah floods can help us understand: social media and Saudi society<br />
  3. 3. A community of practice is a group of people who interact over a sustained period of time to improve a skill or area of knowledge.<br />
  4. 4. Joseph Sikeku<br />Community radio in Tanzania<br />http://bit.ly/CoP-radio<br />
  5. 5. Community radio in Tanzania<br /><ul><li>Community – Farmers, Joseph Sikeku, & others
  6. 6. Domain – Farming practices, prices, etc.
  7. 7. Practice –
  8. 8. Farming
  9. 9. Listen to radio, audio interviews, send SMS text messages, face-to-face connections.</li></ul>COMMUNITY<br />PRACTICE<br />DOMAIN<br />Learningcapability<br />
  10. 10. L<br />Community orientations…<br /> … meetings<br /> … projects<br />… open-ended conversation<br />… access to<br /> expertise<br />… content publishing<br />Community activities oriented to …<br />… relationships<br />… individual<br /> participation<br />… community<br /> cultivation<br /> … context<br />Digital Habitats, Chapter 6<br />© 2009 Wenger, White, and Smith<br />
  11. 11. Strength of Ties and Communities<br />Granovetter’s (1973) definition<br />Strength a result of a combination of:<br />Amount of time<br />Emotional intensity<br />Intimacy (mutual confiding)<br />Reciprocal services<br />(“Multiplexity”)<br />… impacts tool choice<br />Twitter and blogs extend weak ties<br />Skype and face-to-face essential for strong ties<br />E-mail and forums are in between<br />“All bridges are weak ties.”<br />
  12. 12. Community outcomes<br />Technical knowledge dissemination<br />A visible practice emerges<br />Farmers as researchers<br />Voice for a voiceless group<br />A sense of community empowerment<br />…. leads to a reduction in poverty<br />
  13. 13. Communities ask themselves…<br />What tools to use?Who are we?Where are we going?How reach our destination?<br />
  14. 14. Jan-11 Learning Alliances<br />10<br />Thank you!<br />John David Smith<br />LEARNING ALLIANCES<br />503. 963. 8229<br />John.Smith@LearningAlliances.net<br />http://LearningAlliances.net<br />Skype and Twitter: smithjd<br />

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