links for 2009-03-13

  • "We have to collectively come up with models for creating wealth and health that don’t rely on CONSUMPTION as its core tenet.

    When you think about how many business models require the consumption and repurchase of things as the basis for existence, it’s quite obvious that a system of those models is not sustainable."

    "The really wicked thing is how to manage the transition. How do we get from here to there? We have an idea of what the “there” is, we just haven’t figured out how to do it without mass poverty, famine, war and disease."

  • "Explore news, views and stories around Corporate Learning, Community Building, Instructional Design, Knowledge Management and more."
  • "Ethnography is one of the oldest methods in the social science research field. It emerged from anthropology in the early 1900s as the study of far-away tribes, but was soon used by members of the pioneering Chicago School of Sociology to study more mundane aspects of our own lives. Also known as participant observation, ethnography has been used to study work and organisation since the 1940s.

    It has been exploited in the design of IT systems since the 1980s, when Lucy Suchman, Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, in her book Plans and Situated Action, discussed the profound mismatch between the generic models of work on which IT systems were built at the time, and the actual nature of work in which they were used."

  • "Welcome to the Virtual Communities/Social Media Wiki

    A resource for Info 190/Soc 187
    University of California, Spring, 2009
    Instructor: Howard Rheingold"

  • "While the word 'community' has been bandied about and overused as a promise for collaboration that may one day exist, we see village refer to a celebration of what is actually present. Its being defined as what you are stuck with; the gorgeous, complex and evolving reality of our family ties. While any term can eventually become co-opted, for now 'village' represents an up and coming conversation of honesty in social collaboration and community."
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