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?

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

Future interactions design: tapping the wisdom of the crowd

On April 3, I attended the Chi Sparks 2014 conference on human computer interaction, to present my paper on the Kids' Knowledge Base. I also attended a highly interesting workshop on "Future Interactions", hosted by Marco Rozendaal of  Delft University of Technology. His group is developing a method to let groups design scenarios of future interactions. As the workshop … Continue reading Future interactions design: tapping the wisdom of the crowd