Re: [learningfromeachother] What kind of online spaces are useful?
- Dear Andrius,Pam, Zoniwo and all,Thank you immensely for the chat which i could read as i was not able to follow up with any of our members. Zoniwo,will try to meet you in person after elections when i find time to visit in Yaounde. Kindly accept greetings from all of us here in ACTWID.Sincerely Wendi
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Subject: [learningfromeachother] What kind of online spaces are useful?
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2011, 6:46 PMHi Pamela,
I have a topic on my mind for your chat today.
What kinds of online space could be useful for Occupy Chicago? I list
below some basic ones and I appreciate more suggestions. What's a good
way of doing online chat? Etherpad? Does it make sense to use Google+ ?
How can we make the most of Facebook and Twitter? Thank you, Andrius
Different online technologies have different advantages. All are important.
* Online discussion groups (google groups) are good for making sure that a
group of people (like a committee) are receiving the same content. This
shared knowledge and conversation builds a community. However, the
sharing should be public so that others can find us, watch us, point to us
and integrate themselves (get involved!) and our culture is inviting,
self-correcting, transparent and not a clique. For example, Occupy
Chicago is set so that "Anybody can view group content"
whereas currently and unfortunately, the committee groups are set so that
"Only members can view group content" and you have to be signed into
Google as well:
I note that this is a separate question from showing our addresses: "Only
members [or moderators] can view group members list".
* Online forums (bulletin boards) as at http://occupychi.org/forum/ are
good when you want people to be more focused on specific issues,
questions, tasks. For this reason they are less effective at building a
culture because there is less interaction, less shared content. Online
networkers can help make sure people get response.
* People are writing to info@... and other addresses at:
Todd is sending these emails onward to the Outreach committee and perhaps
others. We can help respond.
* Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23occupychi is good for sharing
real-time information. But then it's forgotten... Follow: Occupy
Chicago http://twitter.com/#!/OccupyChicago/ and this is who Occupy
Chicago follows: http://twitter.com/#!/OccupyChicago/following/tweets
* Facebook http://www.facebook.com/OccupyChicago is great for sharing
information through "online word of mouth", friends of friends. An easy
way for people to show support. But then, can we help them get involved?
* Wikis are an important tool for "knowledge work", for more thoughtful,
ongoing collaboration. I'll set one up today and I appreciate especially
your help there. It can also be good to develop profiles of people who
are taking initiative, taking the lead.
* An online chat room can be a good place for people to engage us, to
coordinate response. Should I set one up? We can also host online
discussion. Similarly, this could be an IRC channel, through Skype, and
it can be done through a Twitter hash tag like #occupychi and people can
be invited to "chat" or "tweet" at specific times. What's important is to
respond, and also, to collect content created and work with it further.
We need a knowledge flow to link together the different online spaces and
also to link them with the crucial onsite location (La Salle and Jackson).
John, please keep engaging me publicly, and together we'll engage others.
Please write more about yourself!
I'm especially interested to help as a "learning coach", encouraging us to
lead by thinking out loud, by sharing what we don't know instead of what
we know, especially, questions that we don't know the answer to, but wish
to answer. My deepest value is "living by truth" and my question is, "How
can we be one?", especially for a culture of learning, growing, living
forever, here and now. I think that Occupy Chicago is a great opportunity
to work on this question!
Who belongs to various committees? Please share my letter and sign me up
I couldn't agree more on all of your points. Are you saying we should move
email threaded discussions onto online forums for transparency? I can help
as a networker and liaison.