It is an exciting time in the RSA’s Connected Communities team. Alongside our academic partners UCLAN and LSE, we are approaching an interesting milestone in our seven-site, five year Connected Communities programme that seeks to understand how community and social connections affect people’s well-being, and how to use this information to best plan local projects.
Social capital is a term that dates back almost to the beginning of the twentieth century. In a nutshell, it is “the expected collective or economic benefits derived from the preferential treatment and cooperation between ...
David Wilcox reports on a training workshop that he and Drew Mackie ran about social reporting with community builders at Forever Manchester. They used a game approach to explore how social reporting methods could support community building.
David Wilcox interview Peggy Duvette of WiserEarth in 2009
Three observations stood out for me from our chat: mix face-to-face and online networking, go where people are already gathered rather than expecting them to come to your place, and what makes it all work is passion for an issue. If people are passionate, concerned, and want to meet others then they will make the effort to use the tools.
Below key Twitter metrics are presented, followed by social network analysis of the username mentions. [Click image to see larger version]. During the three day study period, 1,624 distinct user accounts mentioned #Uganda ...
I've chosen this piece becaue (a) collaboration is a topic very close to my heart as a KM professional and (b) it provides actual data that confirms something I've long suspected - the gap between technologists and organisational change skills.
To quote from the author:
I was disappointed, but not surprised, that “collaboration” as a skill was mostly lumped with technology skills. Folks in the Enterprise 2.0 space, for example, have almost no overlap with organizational development professionals. It’s a troubling trend. Although people are fond of saying, “It’s not about technology, it’s about people,” there’s not much practice validating that mantra.
"Here’s news of a new exploration to follow the ones with Big Lottery Fund and Nominet Trust. It’s about community organising, building, mobilising … networks …. and how digital technology can help. I hope you’ll find interesting the way that it has evolved, and maybe make some suggestions."
So when you consider this and then what Citizenscape states its value is, the value isn’t directly in the technology itself (although without it, it would be pretty empty) but in the connections, the networks, the communities that are now able to come together and share learning, to reconnect at a civic level to address local issues and problems. The key role for the platform (Citizenscape) is to facilitate those connections, without it those networks may not get the chance to reconnect.
#networkista* *someone interested in finding ways to apply network thinking for social benefit
The idea of applying network thinking and theory for community and social benefit is not new. Some have been investigating and applying this for many years; others are newcomers to the idea. But we all think the time is right to spread understanding of network theory and network building more generally. We’re aware too that there’s a growing number of people who are interested in this and want to explore it further.
Social networks – who you know and are connected to – are understood to reach into all areas of life, yet very few people or organisations are capable of drawing insights from network information.
Social Mirror is a tablet application that you can use to measure, visualise, and see the potential for change in online and offline networks. Starting in January 2012, we developed a prototype for use by social science researchers.
This post compliments my earlier post about the three types of community where I described three ways of looking at communities from the point of view of centricity and the login. It is meant to give you an idea about the challenges and opportunities offered to facilitators and community managers in an increasingly distributed online environment.
Story of a trip that required the author to call on a number of people for help. Good illustration of how a scenario and challenges could highlight the importance of different connections and "real friends".
If you look closely at people who are succeeding in this new digital world of work, you'll notice they have something in common: they're fast learners and they're willing to adapt. If you want to grow as a person and a worker and if you want to gain skills that will help you take that next step in your career, you'll probably have to
"In my new role as Lecturer in Blended Learning, a part of my role is staff development. Staff development has always been a part of my roles, both in how do you do staff development in a networked world?"
Comment: rich essay on how networked learning prepares people for networked working and networked professional development. It not only advocates the use of social media for this, but also lays out a course-like structure that allows in this case teachers to acquaint themselves with these media. That said, what I miss is what I miss in all these kinds of accounts that promote social media for learning, my own included: how do people learn with them in actual fact and how effectively do they learn? There is the hunch that social media offer unprecedented opportunities for learning. But there still is little evidence to substantiate it. (Peter sloep)