Community 2.0 and Las Vegas, Baby

For what it is worth, I hope what happens at Community 2.0 does not STAY in Vegas. đŸ™‚ In May I’ll be speaking about online community history and visuals (really catchy title, eh? I need a title consultant) at Community 2.0. I picked this topic because as Etienne Wenger, John Smith and I were working on our book (yes, it is AT THE EDITORS!!) we noticed this beautiful intertwining between technology development and community – how they have impacted each other. At the same time, you know I’ve become obsessed with the visual and I have been wondering how to express this intertwining in a multimedia way – maybe even almost performance-like. Talk about stepping off a cliff with no parachute. But that’s what makes it fun. Why else take a non-paying speaking gig than to learn with friends, right?

It also is rare that I speak at non-NPO/NGO/EDU events, so this will be fun to step into a different stream and see what happens. It will be a culture shockas well in that I will be coming from a week long gig in Ethiopia. So maybe a wee bit jet lagged as well. I’m coming in a day early (not worth flying home) so if anyone wants to do something low-key, let me know. I have marked Monday the 12th for play and prep.

But wait, there’s more…

I’d also like your help. But first the logistical details.

Conference Information
Now, about the conference (and of course, that discount code I can share with you as a speaker). The conference is May 12-15 at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, NV. The website is Your discount option is a 20% discount off the standard price on my behalf. Your personal discount code to share is: SPKRM2005NW. Please pass this along to anyone you know who plans on registering. They can register by calling 888.670.8200, emailing or visiting the website

A Request to You
I’d like to capture a series of written, audio, drawn and/or videoed personal histories about online community. In other words, tell me a story about your participation in online communities. What was your first time? What was the experience that was transformative for you? If you’d like to play with this, email me or leave a comment. My goal is to weave together these stories along with some historical data and trends. I’ll also be capturing personal histories from people AT the conference. If you are going and would like to help with that, I’d LOVE to have you play in this sandbox with me. I’ll buy dinner for the team Monday night, May 12th as my thank you. You would need to know how to either record audio or video interviews, take a good text interview, or draw it. Seriously – even draw it.

3 thoughts on “Community 2.0 and Las Vegas, Baby”

  1. I moved from England to New Zealand in 1996. We moved to Gisborne which is a small isolated rural town and very different from the busy city I lived in in England. I was a practicing midwife and felt extremely isolated from midwifery colleagues which was problematic and I felt out of touch with colleagues and the latest evidence about midwifery practice. So I joined an American midwifery email discussion list (the name I cant remember). I loved the sense of community I found there and made some friends that I still have now, but it wasn’t my midwifery context. So I founded an email discussion list for NZ midwives in 1997, doing everything manually! In the late 1990s I was able to utilize a listserv. I left the list in about 2002 because my support and professional needs were different to what they had been. But to my knowledge the list is still going strong. As for my professional needs now, I still belong to midwifery research email group but my main professional needs are met by my blog and the blogging community.

    hope this helps, Sarah

  2. Interesting. I have logged my “community history” in 2006.
    I read it just now and this part struck me:
    “I made great shifts… from perceiving ´the Internet´ as a scary place where you had to be as anonimous as possible, to perceiving it as endless opportunities where you have to profile, identify, expose yourself as much as possible..” (to learn and make sense).

    Back then, i wondered why i had “discovered” web2.0, while so many of my friends did not. I identified these as “Factors that helped me discover web2.0:”

    * Having time available
    * Being at cross roads in life; networking to find my way into a new country; being relatively isolated of academical input or likeminded contacts, no peers around
    * being between cultures
    * Simultaneous with my discoveries, the emergence of Web 2.0 and social networking software: technology became social
    * Finding a field (CoPs and KM) of interest.
    * Later: Finding a contact f2f

    So the comment by Sarah resonates with me! So web2.0 is for lonely people ;-)?! Lately I have come to look at this from another angle: people who cross cultures, or disciplines, are the ones that can “cope” better with the transliterary and chaotic nature of web2.0 learning communities.

    know crisscrossed has blogged his history

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