- Paperback: 250 pages
- Publisher: CPsquare; 1st edition (August 15, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982503601
- ISBN-13: 978-0982503607
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for Communities 1st Edition
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And whenever I get stuck I'll contact my friends at CPSquare: Etienne, Nancy and John. And while I know they all have a deep understanding of CoPs I tend to ask Etienne the theory questions, Nancy the technology questions and John the group dynamics questions. Together they are a formidable team. Sadly I think their new book, Digital Habitats, will give them strong cause to suggest I should RTFM: Read The Flipping Manual.
Digital Habitats (DH) has a single goal: to help the reader understand the role of technology steward in cultivating a community of practice: what is it, why you would do it, are you are cut out for it, how to do it and where to find help. But it is not a shoppers guide nor a roadmap for technology selection.
There is a lovely photo of Etienne, Nancy and John in the preface and I feel that reading DH is like have a friendly conversation with them on a sunny balcony. They provide the context, a little theory, then lots of practical tips supported by real life stories to ground it and make it memorable.
For me there are three ideas in this book I have already put into practice with great effect.
Experience shows us that all know that communities of practice are different, and sometimes poles apart. DH introduces the idea of community orientations to help us understand where the emphasis might lie and therefore what technologies make most sense.Read more ›
I have years of experience leading a large university IT group. This book would have been very helpful in helping us formulate plans for our social networks. Today, I am spending more time in leading a small team for a non-profit Buddhist organization, Nalandabodhi. We are deciding on what combination of digital technologies we can use to enhance the connections in a community that is spread out across North America and beyond. How do we build a deeper sense of community. How do we connect with each other, especially from different locations. How do we use technology to help us with connections and understanding. How can we be more effective at developing our programs, at fund raising, at realizing the vision for the organization.
Chapter 10 is particularly helpful with plenty of recipes and ideas. It will help us get organized; decide what kinds of tools will work best for our different purposes, and will help guide our organization through the implementation and beyond. I will be able to use a lot of it to help me organize my thoughts and communicate ideas to my team and others. I really like the diagrams - they are very rich and very helpful.Read more ›
The target reader, the technology steward, the practitioner of community husbandry in the technology garden, can listen to the story of the community, and can also attend to the details of software tools, technologies, and devices (wikis, blogs, IM, smart phones, OpenSocial, Google Wave, ...). The trick is that social software technology is in an unusual phase of rapid evolutionary development, where great opportunities arise, but not everything succeeds, and no one tool does it all. This book is not about the specifics of such tools - there are many books and resources for that. Instead, it is about the patterns and best practices for how to bring community and online forms together in appropriate mosaics, how to look at a community's orientations and intentions, and be able to speak to and for that community in a tech-savvy way. This job did not exist a decade ago. Every community is realizing it needs someone(s) to fill that job. This book hits that sweet spot.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good material. A lot of it is common Sense. I used the Ebook Version and had no problems.Published 5 months ago by Mahina Reyes
It's an excellent book about practice comunities. Recommended 100% if you want to know more about that topic and understand how comunities work.Published 22 months ago by Sergio Henao
I gulped this book down. It is jam packed with information. I loved all the checklists in the back and the advice on figuring out your community orientation. Also, Figure 1. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Joy A. Rife
Provided a good background for me on communities of practice, and what I, as a technology steward, need to think about and consider when introducing a new technology or process. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by Anon
This book is concise and to the point and provides a current update on current educational technology. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by JLW
This book was listed as used and in good conditions, the true is that it is almost new and not only I got it before the due date but in an excellent package...great purchase!!!!!Published on January 9, 2012 by Janeth Velasquez
Wenger, White, and Smith have put together a great resource for anyone who finds themselves caring for a community that have digital interactions. Read morePublished on November 9, 2010 by PaulSheneman