Gratitude and generosity in cross-cultural exchanges – revision 2

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Mapping the four quarters

It’s a Monday on Tuesday, due to the holiday, and time to try and make sense of where I am, of late. Being visual I roughed out a map of what interests I’m currently focused on and how it ties into my professional life here at work. So, without much further elaboration:
Like any tentative map its up for question – learning can surely be folded into collaborative activity, but not all learning in collaborative and so on. The key, the thing I need to figure out how to represent, is the p2p element. There are links to various sites that work with this map, and no doubt some more thought and contextualization would be useful, but it’s still – technically- Monday morning so……

New site – Community University Engagement is a new site that I have a degree of involvement in and we’ve just done a “soft launch” today.  The purpose and goal of the site is to “develop and publish a set of “practitioner profiles” of people who have been engaged in public work initiatives and projects that feature significant levels of community-university engagement… The profiles we’ll be developing and publishing on this website will be centered on practice stories of democracy in action at the local community level. In addition to publishing these profiles, we’ll also be offering opportunities for readers to participate in the process of interpreting and making sense of them.”

The site is built on WordPress and, it being a soft launch and all, is likely to evolve over the coming months.  I am hoping the structure is inviting enough to encourage story idea submissions and the development of a loosely connected community of practitioners. Time will tell.

More later…I just wanted to extend the invite to folks. Go on over, take a look and come back and tell me what you think.

Reading, reading…spiraling outward

I was sitting outside today reading further into “Dignity through Discourse” by Rao and Sanyal (link in preceding post) and experienced, yet again, my love/hate duality with references. Having access to a very good academic library can be dangerous as tail chasing for references can be so easily rewarded. Not that I am complaining, I revel in the privilege I am granted by my place of employ, but the point is that my leisurely engagement with the article soon evolved into a quartet of new papers in my pile to read.

2 of the papers are direct from the citations of Dignity through Discourse and 2 are fortuitous finds thanks to Google scholar. So now I have “Building Local Democracy” – about decentralization in Kerala, India and “Is Deliberation Equatable” by Ban and Rao. These are cited. This stack of three kind of gives me an itch to visit India…if only I could find someone who wanted to fly me over to talk about Moodle or such…..

The other two fortuitous finds are both by Andy Williamson and are more directly related to ICT/edemocracy issues. There’s also a paper I downloaded by Doug Schuler, but I haven’t printed it yet, so it’s not fully on my pile.

Guess I’m just name dropping/trying to keep track of my reading – haven’t read enough of this batch yet to even begin to try to say anything useful.

Public narrative, deliberation and Moodle

I had an interesting chat today with someone from Moodlerooms about our usage of Moodle at Cooperative Extension. As anyone who has ever talked with me on the phone knows I can get somewhat excitable and rambly, as happened during the course of this particular call.

But it came at an opportune moment as I had been thinking about the current debacle around the health care “debate” here and the seeming hopelessness the whole thing points to for someone who hopes and believes that deliberation can lead to consensus. I was mulling the hows and whys of educating for deliberation, how technology might come into play and if   it’s even possible for us to engage constructively anymore. And this tied into some thoughts of the past weekend about deploying systems for capturing/creating public narrative and using that as a sort of starting point for re-building a common language for civic engagement. (civic engagement sounds somewhat too clinical…really what it is is the ability to talk to each other without yelling, being human in our dialogues)

And that ties (somehow) to this article I’ve been looking over, thanks to a link from Peter Levine’s blog, about village democracy in India.

But back to Moodle-and my conversation with Kurt Beer (I checked my email so I’d get his name right) of Moodlerooms – as we talked about how we use Moodle I started thinking about the 3 zones of the online deliberative sphere and how Moodle might possible be an almost ideal tool for the development of such a system.

And that’s about where I am right now….

Social Media 101 – A terse, incomplete and hurried introduction

About 24 hours prior to the delivery of this presentation I realised that the presentation I wanted to give (From Content to Context -social media, networks and meaning) would have had this particular audience glazed over in a matter of seconds. So I ripped together this – Social Media 101 – Content, Context and Story – and ran through it quite quickly in order to give us time to play the social media card game. You can, if you really want to, watch the video of my hurried presentation here.

It was disappointing, in some ways, as there wasn’t time, nor foundation, to really dig into the topic. I presented the powerpoint, handed out a glossary of social media terms and then we split up into groups to play a social media game. I do feel that the quick presentation followed by the game delivered more  of an opportunity to be concrete about what it all meant. I seeded each group with an IT person to act as a sort of living glossary/advisor which helped also.

It’s an ongoing learning process, for me, as I try to “get the message out”. Experimenting and learning what works best with which audiences. And, if anyone out there has a good audience for From Content to Context -social media, networks and meaning I’d love to present that someday.

Pulling together resources for a presentation/event/happening.

I’m doing an “educational” activity here this Friday morning with some co-workers. I’m tired of powerpoints and yapping at people. As dazzling and engaging as that may be for my audience, lately I’ve been trying to diversify, to deepen my bag of tricks and find better, more interactive and engaging ways to talk about technology. So, I’ve contemplated theater – which has some promise but I haven’t pulled that off yet – and games. I have used the tech planning card games developed by David Wilcox with success, and this presents another opportunity to use a game to really look at what some of these technologies can do, in a hopefully meaningful way that has relevance and meaning.

So, I need to gather some background resources for folks – on the odd and oddly optimnistic hope that someone who attends Friday will want more information. I suppose I should mention that at this point the topic du jour is “Social Media-An Invitation to Tell Stories”. And yes….there is an itnroductory powerpoint – my dislike of ppt presentations is overcome by the feeling of near nakedness at not having one at all. I’ve managed to pare them down to around 15 quick slides, but still use them – maybe someday I’ll be ready to cut the proverbial apron strings. And it’s enirely possible, given that it’s only Tuesday, that this will all change. But – some links:

Developing a guide to social media – not so recently updated wikispace – Beth Kanter and David Wilcox – Useful for links to games and info.

Secret Guide to Social Media in Large Organizations

One page guides to social media tools – Tim Davies – handy, but a bit busy one pagers covering wikis, blogs, etc…

Motionbox – online video sharing/editing/storage. Haven’t used but looks potetnailly useful.

More to follow.

Broadband presentation, again….

Doing the broadband evangilist thing again this afternoon. Updated powerpoint and a few links for the presentation:

Case Studies:
•Syracuse Municipal Broadband
•Burlington, VT Telecom



•NYS Office for Technology

NYS Council for Universal Broadband

New York State ‘s Broadband Federal Stimulus Web site

•New York State Broadband Coverage Maps


•Broadband USA

•Vermonters Fight for High Speed Internet

•Rural Riddle: Do Jobs Follow Broadband Access?

Pew Internet and American Life Project

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