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Digital Habitats; Stewarding Technology for Communities

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Technology has changed what it means for communities to "be together." Digital tools are now part of most communities' habitats. This book develops a new literacy and language to describe the practice of stewarding technology for communities. Whether you want to ground your technology stewardship in theory and deepen your practice, whether you are a community leader or spo ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published August 15th 2009 by Cpsquare (first published 2009)
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Hans de Zwart
I liked this book for two reasons:
1. It creates a whole new language to describe phenomena that I am seeing myself. "Habitat", "Reifecation", "Stewardship", etc. are all very useful to create a better shared understanding.
2. Its emminent practicality. The book is full of thoughtful advice for anybody who has to think about technology and community and how these two interrelate. It will continue to be a good reference for me.
I didn't think it was an easy read though: many of the chapters are very
I am one of the authors of this book - full disclaimer. I hope you find it useful!
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I read this before it came out, and it is now one of my primary references for people thinking about technology and communities. Each time I pick it up, I'm working on a different problem for a different customer, and I always find fresh insights.
Bonnie  Zink
A bit dated in places, but a great primer on how to develop vibrant communities. Many of the techniques are situated within the digital context, but are just as effective when used in real time, real world situations.
Good book for community building with ol resources and tools.
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“Meaningful learning in a community requires both participation and reification to be present and in interplay. Sharing artifacts without engaging in discussions and activities around them impairs the ability to negotiate the meaning of what is being shared. Interacting without producing artifacts makes learning depend on individual interpretation and memory and can limit its depth, extent, and impact. Both participation and reification are necessary. Sometimes one process may dominate the other, or the two processes may not be well integrated. The challenge of this polarity is for communities to successfully cycle between the two.” 0 likes
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