What makes people want to join an online community?

06-04-2010 – Filed under communicationcommunitymotivationparticipationsocial-network

I wonder what are the factors and incentives that drive people to join an online community, and why not? My work normally involves different communities or evolves around these, but it is often difficult to anticipate how a community develops. Some things work, others not at all. To get a community…

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The race to map Africa and ethical issues around online mapping

03-06-2009 – Filed under ICT4Dlinksafricageospatialmappingopen-sourceopen-dataparticipationprojectsvisualizationweb2fordev

I started blogging at the Web2fordev gateway, from which I will crosspost some articles here from time to time to get some further discussions on web2fordev. I wrote the following piece together with Giacomo Rambaldi, the initiator of PPgis (Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies). Online Mapping…

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Future trends of mobile activism

15-12-2008 – Filed under activismICT4Dafricakenyamobileparticipationsmssocial-networksoftware

The simplest and most powerful form of mobile activism in the future will probably still be ordinary communication. However, in all fields of activism such as advocacy, awareness, research and protest, the mobile phone can be a strategic tool for communication, collaboration, coordination and collective action. In this regard we…

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From A-Z to Organization2.0: B - Blogging examples and success factors

02-07-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementbloggingculturenetworkorganizationparticipationproject-managementpublic-relation

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Blogging, next to Wikis, is the most popular instrument of new social software in an organization. A blog itself is quite a simple application….

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Impressions from Re-publica and Social Innovation Camp

14-04-2008 – Filed under activismcommunicationconferencee-democracyopen-sourceparticipationpoliticsprivacyrepublicasicamp08social-innovation

The German vs. the British websphere Well, a week after attending both, the Social Innovation Camp (sicamp08) and re-publica, I finally post my reflections on these events. It was great to visit these two events, listen to numerous interesting presentations at re-publica, and grasp the contagious spirit of social innovation…

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Spoil the user? Why are not always the WYSIWYG Editors the right way?

11-04-2008 – Filed under knowledge-managementcollaborationconferenceparticipationrepublicawiki

Last week, I was at the re-publica.de conference. Often, the most interesting aspect of conferences are the side talks with other visitors. And this one was not the exception. I had a great chat with Martin Koser, an enterprise2.0 expert (with excellent bookmarks) and Andreas Gohr, the head developer of…

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NGO2.0 -- the end of the organization? (1)

19-03-2008 – Filed under activismcivil-societycollaborationnetworkorganizationparticipation

Michael Gilbert wrote an article called “The End of the Organization?” in which he wonders how civil society organizations, such as NGOs, can continue working the way they do? Whether the organization as we know it survives or not, it is by studying the changing patterns of communication that we…

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7 concerns about the web in 2008

21-01-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dknowledge-managementculturelanguagenetworkopennessparticipation

Frequent readers know I am quite enthusiastic about the social web, its potentials and cultural impact. Especially when it comes to knowledge sharing and information and communication technologies for development. However, I also have concerns and see obstacles about the participative web – its development and its divide. So as…

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Social software for social change

24-12-2007 – Filed under activismcampaigningcivil-societye-democracyparticipationpolitics

Charles Leadbeater, well known for his book We Think, has released an interesting paper called “Social Software for Social Change.” The paper presents rich examples about civic action through the web and its impact on democracy. With the advice from Dan Mcquillan, Leadbeater greatly links different forms of activism and…

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Open Source Life?

12-11-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dafricacollaborationopen-sourceparticipation

As Japan is losing interest in the personal computer, Google announces recently the Android alliance to bring free and open source software to mobile phones. The revolutionary part of this is that proprietary software might be mostly for the personal computer; it will not longer be anymore for the mobile….

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Development aid 2.0

02-10-2007 – Filed under ICT4Dcivil-societydevelopmentparticipationweb2fordev

I was interviewed by the Deutsche Welle (German version) last week during the web2fordev conference. As a result from the interview, an interesting article was published (Entwicklungshilfe 2.0) in which not only the potential of web2.o in the context of development is discussed, but it is also questioned whether web2.o…

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E-democracy: participation next? (2) Germany

13-08-2007 – Filed under activismlinkscivil-societye-democracyparticipationpoliticsunconference

Overview First of all, I would like to thank Jan Amos and and Rolf Lührs for their comments. Yes, I agree that in Germany some initiatives around e-democracy have been taken (e.g. e-petition in the German parliament), however, in comparison to German’s vibrant political life, its web is politically inactive….

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E-democracy: participation next? (1)

30-07-2007 – Filed under activismknowledge-managementcivil-societye-democracyparticipationpolitics

The concept of e-democracy dates from the early days of Internet. To my understanding, it embraces everything that connects political processes and the web. Back in the 90s high promises were linked to the web and its implications for democracy and participation. One early example is the Electronic Town Hall,…

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