Technology has changed what it means for communities to "be together." Digital tools are now part of most communities' habitats. This book develops a new literacy and language to describe the practice of stewarding technology for communities. Whether you want to ground your technology stewardship in theory and deepen your practice, whether you are a community leader or sponsor who wants to understand how communities and technology intersect, or whether you just want practical advice, this is the book for you.
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I'm often the technology steward for communities of practice (CoP). I create the Ning spaces and configure `em, I setup the email lists, I work out whether we should have a wiki or a blog or a discussion forum or some other combination of communication technologies. As you can see I'm quite a geek: I really do love it.
And whenever I get stuck I'll contact my friends at CPSquare: Etienne, Nancy and John. And while I know they all have a deep understanding of CoPs I tend to ask Etienne the theory questions, Nancy the technology questions and John the group dynamics questions. Together they are a formidable team. Sadly I think their new book, Digital Habitats, will give them strong cause to suggest I should RTFM: Read The Flipping Manual.
Digital Habitats (DH) has a single goal: to help the reader understand the role of technology steward in cultivating a community of practice: what is it, why you would do it, are you are cut out for it, how to do it and where to...
This book is aptly named. More and more we inhabit a digital world. Our communications are mediated by digital devices. Our connections with other people can be enhanced through good digital tools or weakened by poor ones, or ones that do not serve the purpose at hand. We have large toolbox of digital devices we can use. This book helps explain what this means for building and nourishing communities. While being a very good source for digital tools, its real strength is approaching the digital world from a people and community point-of-view.
I have years of experience leading a large university IT group. This book would have been very helpful in helping us formulate plans for our social networks. Today, I am spending more time in leading a small team for a non-profit Buddhist organization, Nalandabodhi. We are deciding on what combination of digital technologies we can use to enhance the connections in a community that is spread out across North America and beyond...
Wanted: Technology Stewards for the emerging hybrid online/real-life communities and societies. This book is a job description for that role, which stays in touch with the character and intentions of a community of practice, as those get reflected in and transformed through social software tools. This book is about how to cook with those tools, adapting the current year's available techy ingredients to best allow the community to find itself both in the online world, and through that, more effectively in the "real" world.
The target reader, the technology steward, the practitioner of community husbandry in the technology garden, can listen to the story of the community, and can also attend to the details of software tools, technologies, and devices (wikis, blogs, IM, smart phones, OpenSocial, Google Wave, ...). The trick is that social software technology is in an unusual phase of rapid evolutionary development, where great opportunities arise, but not everything succeeds,...
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