Questions on Angela Glover Blackwell's talk

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Angela Glover Blackwell spoke about new and vital participation that is happening in civic processes.

On participation:

  1. what are the terms and boundaries of participation (how is participation managed, how is it open?)
  2. Can participants define the extent of their participation? What defines the extent of opportunities for participation?
  3. Who participates, who doesn't
  4. what is the difference between meaningful and meaningless participation?
  5. what policies are in place or proposed for inclusivity and full and representative participation?


net2con: Making the Most of Disruption

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Speaking of disruption - here's a powerful statement-

 First we invent our technologies, then we use our technologies to reinvent ourselves.

-Paul Saffo 

It has the ring of sci-fi to it, but is absolutely true for society. I would add that in most every case, these technologies change us in ways that we never expect or plan for.

One more powerful message: 

If newspapers are the first draft of history, then blogs are the scratch pads of history.... 

Interesting point about the use of social networking tools for abuse/misuse of influence. 

Quick jots from session 1

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  • When you solve a problem for the most vulnerable, you end up solving it for everyone. (Curb cutouts were designed for people with diabilities, but everytime to wheel your luggage, or push a stroller, or ride a bike, you realize the benefits of this design.)

  • Frame digital divide in terms that lead with real people, and a sense of social justice--don't lead with technology.
  • First we invent our technologies, then we use our te

Two forces impacting the Business Model Revolution

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I just submitted this as a question to Dan'l Lewin at the Business Model Revolution session. Included here so others can comment as well.

From my perspective at the CyberInstitute (online information for small businesses in developing countries), there are two major forces impacting the business model revolution.

--ONE-- ICTs, including mobile phones, and now all of Web 2.0, are leading to the empowerment of billions of people. These individuals, who are gaining equality with every click, are now customers that matter to big companies. In the flattening world, listening to the customer is more important than ever, because they are feeling empowered and want to be heard.

net2con: Plenary Session - About the Index Cards

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After founding computmentor to move nonprofits from the habit of storing important membership  data on index cards towards database use, Daniel Ben-Horin noted that he's proud to be bringing back the index cards for netsquared. Anytime attendees find something interesting to capture, share or discuss - he encourages us to use the cards.

It reminds me to remember the rules of nettiquett - "remember the human" - in our attempts to use technology to better our lives, we must remember that some of the best solutions were those old analog tools we learned about in our first networking experiences.

Daniel's intro

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Daniel Ben-Horin just finished giving the opening to the NetSquared conference.

He articulated this as the key question and statement to shape the next two days:what if hr could be mobilized? -- Imagine the difference we could make!

He gave us a nice definition of the social web (as opposed to the buzzword term 'web2.0'): the social web is 'the adaptation of internet tools for human interaction, communication and activism.' And he went on to underscore the idea that it's this need for interaction and communication that has brought us all here this week. Here here! 

Checking in

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Tag this "commuting." Arrived, surprisingly, on time for the pre-NetSquared conference orientation for volunteer bloggers. Any trip down the peninsula from the city<!--break--> during normal commute hours reminds me that I should NEVER complain about the 12 to 25 minute drive that gets me to and from <a xhref="">Galileo</a> everyday. Now if only I could convince Gary to let me bicycle in the city. <p>Morning will be plenary sessions including Howard Rheingold (How long ago did I subscribe to Co-Ev Quarterly?) and Dan

Choosing a platform for networking: an interview with Deborah Elizabeth Finn

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Watch this space for more interviews with conference attendees throughout the next two days!

Deborah Elizabeth Finn is a Massachusetts based independent consultant who helps bridge the gap between "distraught technophic social workers" and technology. One of her current projects is consulting with the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers on their selection of a CMS/CRM (Content Management System/Customer Relationship Management) system vendor. Deborah is helping the organization make their selection and will then help the chosen vendor and the Council build a solid working relationship.

The Council released a Request for Proposals for the project that was crafted to include key hooks for the Open Source community and descriptions of the module types sought. They are also considering proprietary software if they determine that it best meets their needs.

Deborah hopes that a quality CMS/CRM system for the state's human service providers' association will be a showcase that can help the effort to build a state wide association of all nonprofit organizations generally.

For more information about Deborah's work, you can visit

Information Barter, and disruption

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I just submitted this as a question to Howard Rheingold for the session on disruption.

Listed here for anyone to comment on Information Barter.

  • Given that empowerment of disempowered people is a positive disruptive force;
  • Given that everyone knows something (for example, the local rural bus timetable);
  • Given that it is empowering to share what you know, to have others value your knowledge;
  • Given that people value things more if the things (including information) are not provided free;

Then what about information barter? - the process where information is traded for other information.

The CyberInstitute is adding to the “cornucopia of the commons” with online information for small businesses in developing countries, and investigating the use of information barter.


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