Jul 28 2008

Slow Community from the individual perspective

CC flickr photo by madmaxWill 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.

It is nice to get the different perspectives. (Plus it has been really cool to see other people thinking and blogging about slow community.)

Controlled Connectedness

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.

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “Slow Community from the individual perspective”

  1. Amy Lenzoon 28 Jul 2008 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out, Nancy!
    It’s fascinating to hear what a vibrant chord this theme is striking in so many of us.

  2. Angelaon 31 Jul 2008 at 12:46 pm

    I have never heard of this concept. This is very interesting. I plan to research more about it.

  3. Randy Palmeron 19 Jul 2011 at 8:34 pm

    I agree with Angela, this is a great idea. Kind of new, but would be curious to see where this goes.

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