Community

The web is transforming the future of our communities, on- and offline. Whether you’re thinking about how to build a better online support system for your neighborhood or workplace, or wondering about how networks are affecting our political system, you can find resources here that will deepen your understanding and help you make a difference.

Creating a social media presence in 2010

By now, virtually any organization that is committed to the web has asked: how can social media and online community strengthen our relationship to our members or customers, and help us fulfill our mission? That is fundamentally the same question that a handful of...
The accidental online society

The accidental online society

Anil Dash’s blog post last week on The Facebook Reckoning includes this terrific summary of what’s at stake for us in inventing our new, social media-ted society: But what if I weren’t my own boss? What if my family couldn’t accept parts of my...
Bathroom graffiti, meet social media

Bathroom graffiti, meet social media

The back-to-school rhythm of September has stayed with me in the years since I graduated myself, but it has fresh resonance this September as I’m back in an academic environment. Here at Emily Carr the pace has quickened, the cafeteria is jammed and the anxious...
Talking about talking about social media

Talking about talking about social media

Daniel Greene has an interesting post about the need for offline conversations that can help us make sense of our lives online. As he puts it: I need a forum for discussion– a structured, moderated, real life, real time conversation about social media. I need to...
The risks of risk management

The risks of risk management

Risk may not be something you always want to limit online. This post tells you how raising the stakes of your online participation — by posting under your own name, by giving your blog’s URL to your colleagues, by being more candid and authentic in what you say online — can increase the value of your online engagement.