Will Richardson and Sheryl Nussbaum have taken the slow community idea and pulled it back to the individual participation perspective. I had been thinking about how a community makes choices, as a whole, about it’s speed or flow, but this reminds me that the cumulative impact of individual member choices also impacts the community speed (or slowness.) And that ignoring the choices also has an effect.
Went for a couple of days to Virginia Beach to visit with Sheryl and her family and we spent a lot of time in a boat on the bay fishing and reading and chatting. In talking with her son Noah about how connected we all seem to be (text messages in between casts, etc.) one of us hit on the phrase above, and it bounced around in my brain for a bit. It seemed to fit the place I’m in right now, attempting, with pretty good success, actually, to control my connectedness, and to let the conversations happen elsewhere, jumping in when I feel compelled. Connecting, (ironically) to Nancy White’s idea of slow communities (like slow food) and wondering some more about the process of network participation and how much pull is too much pull, etc.