New publication – A Community Network Ontology for Participatory Collaboration Mapping: Towards Collective Impact

A. de Moor (2018). A Community Network Ontology for Participatory Collaboration Mapping: Towards Collective Impact, Information 2018, 9(7): art. no. 151. Abstract Addressing societal wicked problems requires collaboration across many different community networks. In order for community networks to scale up their collaboration and increase their collective impact, they require a process of inter-communal sensemaking. One way to catalyze that … Continue reading New publication – A Community Network Ontology for Participatory Collaboration Mapping: Towards Collective Impact

Community network mapping: just get going!

Mapping a community network is an art as much as a science. Solid methodology is important for professional purposes, of course (see for heavy-duty mapping processes the CommunitySensor methodology for participatory community network mapping). Still, don't let the need for formalized process get in the way of starting to make more sense of your own … Continue reading Community network mapping: just get going!

Building “networks of communities” for a civic intelligence movement with impact

We live in an age of confusion, stagnation, and crisis. What we need is not more of the same top down, neo-liberal corporate and government interventions. These are just a recipes for ever more socio-economic and cultural alienation, disillusion and disempowerment. Instead, we should tap into the growing bottom-up and middle-out capacity around the world … Continue reading Building “networks of communities” for a civic intelligence movement with impact

Tilburg Legend(s): what’s in an icon?

Tilburg is at the heart of a region in the southern Netherlands which has traditionally been very socially innovative. This tradition is celebrated annually during the European Social Innovation Week, recently renamed to the Dear Future week. The TilburgsAns open source typeface At the conclusion of this week, the annual Social Innovation Awards are announced. … Continue reading Tilburg Legend(s): what’s in an icon?

New publication – CommunitySensor: towards a participatory community network mapping methodology

A. de Moor (2017). CommunitySensor: Towards a Participatory Community Network Mapping Methodology. The Journal of Community Informatics, 13(2):  35-58. Abstract Participatory community network mapping can support collaborative sensemaking within and across communities and their surrounding stakeholder networks. We introduce the CommunitySensor methodology under construction. After summarizing earlier work, we show how the methodology uses a … Continue reading New publication – CommunitySensor: towards a participatory community network mapping methodology

Tribute to Michael Gurstein – founding father of the Community Informatics Field

On October 8th, Michael Gurstein - founding father of the field of Community Informatics - sadly passed away. I first met Mike when I stumbled into the wrong" workshop room at the first Communities and Technologies conference in Amsterdam in 2003, the workshop being chaired by Mike. This was the first time I learned about … Continue reading Tribute to Michael Gurstein – founding father of the Community Informatics Field

Mapping the World: the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange

It all started with mapping the local: the Tilburg Urban Farming community. This January, however, I ended up mapping the global end of the agricultural spectrum: the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange, held in Lusaka, Zambia. It was a wonderful meeting of minds of people from all over the world working on and passionate … Continue reading Mapping the World: the INGENAES Global Symposium and Learning Exchange