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Is it the open resources or the open ideas that "form a basis from which many other practices benefit". I keep getting this funny feeling that the focus on the reified 'resource' is holding us back.
As blogging is dead I only read the title of this page in twitter... and I disagree entirely. Also, this comment is disrupting education. (looks around for keg party)
@Charles The word might be gone in two years, but from some of the things we saw over those three days, those ideas are going to be here for a very long time and for just the reason that Wilm suggets. Retention. The best of the work that I saw, and the most interesting to me, was where the data was sent directly to the student. If you can take connections data, and present it transparently to the student (or as transparently as you can) you give them a tangible tool to help them understand what they are doing.
These are ideas that we've been throwing around in our little experiment with this. At http://upei.me we've set up a contest that allows people to vote for their 'favourite project' and a portion of 10K goes as a bursary to people from that faculty. Seems innocent enough i think... we're trying to get folks to take a look at our community involvement, and giving our ad. money to students. Now thinking about your comments here with respect to it. Would love your feedback.
oh my. lots of meat here. I'll start with the comments first. Community organizer vs. Network weaver. A community is, in my, mind a subset of a network. It is, usually, a collection(ive) of people how are banded together with some tie, often emotional/political, to a certain purpose or professional goal/interest. A network is a far more disparate and potential disaggregated group of people who are interlinked in any number of ways. A community organizer would try to bring people together within a certain kind of interest (think guild) and a network weaver would be trying to make interconnections in smaller pieces, one interest here and a connection there... trying to put people together for the overall strength of their connections and their network... not to acheived any predescribed goal. Hurray Deleuze and Guattari. There is some great poetry there... but i don't think this particular description relies on their work, rhizomes were around long before them... :) I think Beth has referenced them before in connection with some of my own with with rhizome theory. - and now to the post - In my mind, (and this is the first that i read about it) it's difficult to think of a network weaver as someone who is trying to achieve a particular goal. They strenghten ties for their own sake, moving between people and making connections so that they are better able to do many things... without particular outcomes. This is something we see on twitter all the time... indeed, that's how i got here, Beth does this kind of work all the time "hey, what you said sounds like what she said" kinda stuff that creates new bonds. There is a sense in which these interconnections allow us to confirm our intuitions about things and refine our ideas with people outside of our specific contexts... this interconnection... an assessment of the weave if you'll pardon the stretch of the metaphor, might be seen as a new way of validating knowledge (http://davecormier.com/edblog/2008/06/03/rhizomatic-education-community-as-curriculum/) In this sense network weaving IS learning for the weaver and weavie A few flags i found interesting, "to allow your community to be 'more' than it is" by more are we thinking 'better' or 'increase'. One of the dangers of this kind of weaving is seeing more as better... I like the idea of saying that it is not a job. It can't be. It has no identifiable purpose, no real assessment of value. A community organizer can have touchstones for success, network weaving is identifiable on twitter... i can say "Beth Kanter is a network weaver" but not sure what job would that be. The rhizome. I love the rhizome as a metaphor. it's disconnected, it's dirty. it's hard to kill. (i don't like it as a weed in my garden) it's also difficult to focus, it tends to take up any free space you offer it and it makes it difficult for an individual plant to stand out. I think that the rhizome is a very nice model for learning... the network weaver and particular network weavers... the commitment to making connections between ideas where you find them, of tying things together of multiplying connections just because you think that contributes to more learning... that encourages people to find new ways to create knowledge amongst themselves. it encourages growth. It adds solidity to innovation by allowing multiple people from different context to temper and test ideas as they form.