The Internet Participation Spiral

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The 3 stages of participation on the internet, and related questions.

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  • Brilliant Vahid. Lovely imagery, and very powerful and succinct statements. Thanks for directing me to this.
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  • Thanks Susan! I think that lurking is something perfectly normal and natural, and where almost everyone starts, it takes a lot of practice and self-confidence to do otherwise. However, students should not be confined to that role because of 'traditional teaching'. It up to the teacher (or the community, depending) to create an environment that enables, facilitates, encourages, and makes easy participation, based on the conviction that all human beings have the potential to contribute.

    Now, if we could only extend that to the world at large...
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  • I really enjoyed your presentation Vahid. It was succinct, easy to follow and a gentle encouragement to those who may still be more comfortable with being at the consumer level to move towards the interacting and producing level . I particularly responded to your extension of the term 'lurker' to be also synonymous with both ' the silent majority' and 'observer' rather than a veiled condemnation of this role.
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  • Pues me alegra que te haya gustado!
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  • Genial Vahid, es claro y motivador, en una ocasión fui a una conferencia de Armando Caton escritor y periodista mexicano, y me quedó muy grabado un consejo que nos dió, y era de solo una palabra 'lee'... ahora con tu presentación es 'lee y escribe' gracias.
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The Internet Participation Spiral

  1. 1. The Participation spiral Prepared by Vahid Masrour Presented to Impact Alliance June 2010
  2. 2. You can find them about here
  3. 3. You know where to find them: around here.
  4. 4. Everybody know they’re here
  5. 5. Participation is a two way street 2. Creating content 1. Consuming content
  6. 6. Consuming, Creating, and in between Consuming • Reading • Learning • Absorbing Creating • Writing • Publishing • Sharing In between, something happens: Confidence + Trust Emerges and interaction begins
  7. 7. Stairway to Confidence + Trust Does this community satisfy my needs? Will my participation be well received? Yay! Somebody actually replied to my post!
  8. 8. Participation as a lifecycle 1. We are all consumers 2. It’s not that hard to become interactors 3. We are all (potential) creators
  9. 9. Deliver relevant content Make participation easy and meaningful Facilitate content creation, publishing and interaction What’sa(virtual)community todo?
  10. 10. The community as a network
  11. 11. Everybody is a valued part of the community / network: Everybody is/can become a generator
  12. 12. The generator’s attitude “I am but a dot, but this dot can help make a difference”
  13. 13. The generator’s key attitudes I have something to say / I can create stuff that is relevant / I can share stuff that is interesting Feeling assured that “Someone is bound to look at it” I am (everyone is) a valued part of the network (mankind)
  14. 14. Questions regarding fostering the community and its relationships
  15. 15. What needs to be done so that relationships are established between the parts?
  16. 16. What should the environment provide to nourish relationships?
  17. 17. What can the community do to help each member become a generator?

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