Connected Futures Workshop by CPsquare

Posted on Tuesday, 29 April, 2008 by

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In this cool workshop by cpsquare we were asked to reflect on the following questions prior to the workshop.

1. What brings you to this workshop?
2. What is your role in the selection of and support for community technology?
3. What ways do you think CoPs may benefit from using Web2.0 tools?
4. How does your working environment affect your work? How does it differ from that of others?

I will focus on the third question by pasting something I wrote last year after talks with John Smith on “CoPs and finances”. See also the next post.

Cops and Web:
How Web2.0 trends influence learning communities.

In short…
Internet technologies support the emergence of new organization forms; more groups and communities than ever before are formed, with lots of potential for collaboration and learning. The criteria determining the use, leadership, organizational and financial models, and legal attributes of these new forms are generally flexible. They may evolve where before no communication existed (or was possible), like with many geographically distributed communities. They may also complement or take the place of former membership organizations.

What are suitable organizational forms for these “non-organizations” and how can they organizational models contribute to such collaborative interaction and learning?

Our experience indicates that many communities are struggling. Some more commonly used models, such as the ultra-light or the fully funded model, have important drawbacks. Trends make learning in communities more popular, but enabling the learning is not an easy task.

The organizational and business models that we avail of at present do not match the new dispersed form of organization which such technologies herald, nor are they particularly conducive to the paradigm shift that marks the transmission from web1.0 to web2.0. Web2.0 supported communities have the potential to support social organization for learning, but to promote autonomy, sustainability and replicability of communities, further thinking is required.
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