... though you will also find feeds for differerent topics. At present only summary feeds, but I hope to offer full feeds too. Recent posts at Partnerships Online
Networking to give and to get
Those attending a Gurteen Knowledge Cafe learned about personal networking by writing badges on what they each wanted to give and to get, and then, well, networking. However, that model may not work well for everyone.
Why hosts and moderators aren't the same
Robin Hamman explains the different roles of hosts (welcoming, introducing, explaining) and moderators (policing) in online communities. The forthcoming Infonortics conference may be a good to chance to see how online facilitation experts translate those roles face-to-face.
Does it matter if people don't use the Net, revisited
A Digital Inclusion event prompts organiser Will Davies to wonder whether the 40% of people who aren't using the Net may not be wrong, just thinking and acting differently. He ponders "Is the internet all a bit, y'know, pre-911?"
Community web site or aggregator: time to combine?
Enthusiasts are still developing local community websites that became popular in the 1990s, but it can be a struggle. Is it time to look at how these could be combined with aggregators that can bring together content from the growing number of bloggers in an area?
UK government rediscovers the digital divide
A new digital strategy from the UK government promises to use technology to tackle social exclusion. The big idea is a competition for local authorities, and using UK online centres to delivery public services. Sounds familiar.
Storytelling helps overcome community conflict
Pendle borough council and other local organisations wanted to help residents understand community cohesion, and find out people's attititudes to their neighbours. Instead of commissioning a conventional survey they opted for storytelling and a strip drawn by a Private Eye cartoonist.
Free guides to collaboration
Free guides to participation, partnerships, networking and other collaborations are now available on this site under a Creative Commons license.
Reducing the fear of being wrong - for spooks too
Can a culture of more open, bottom-up communication within and between organisations reduce the fear of being wrong, and produce better collective intelligence? Yes, of course, social software advocates might say. But could that also apply within intelligence agencies?
Common interest may not make a community of interest
People using technology for social action, and academics studying the field, are getting together to set the future research agenda. But will there be enough mutual interest to develop a community of interest.... and is that the best way of thinking about sharing ideas?
Building a regional network online
If you don't go for a central portal, how do you build an online network for organisations and individuals in a region? Suggestions include build on what's there, talk to people, try the online tools yourself, simulate, find and support networkers, mix media.
Blog, wiki, or classic web - it's a personality thing
The type of online presence that you need - and are comfortable with - may have as much to do with your personality and preferences as what you want to say.