Mar 31 2009

Digital Habitats Community Orientation Spidergram Activity

A couple of people have asked me for more materials related to the Community Orientations Spidergram activity. I have embedded them into some slides now up … Digital Habitats Community Orientation Spidergram Activity. [Edit June 2011 – here is an updated pdf of the activity! Spidergram Worksheet 2011 ]

Here is a hint I should have shared earlier. The “context” orientation is a bit odd on the spidergram. You need to decide if internal orientation is in the middle/exterior towards the outside or reversed. I tend to use internal towards the middle, but I realized my instructions weren’t so clear.

Another way to do it is to ignore the “context” spoke from an internal/external perspective and then do one layer on the spidergram around your internally focused activities. Then with a different color, do another layer on externally focused activities. I’ve done this with a few test cases and it quickly showed that some communities which have both internal and external contexts have very different internal and external activities.

11 responses so far

11 Responses to “Digital Habitats Community Orientation Spidergram Activity”

  1. Beth Kanteron 31 Mar 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Do all communities have both external/internal context?

    Also, wondering if have now have some patterns looking at diagrams over a diverse range of communities?

  2. […] Nancy White has been generous to share a section out of a chapter of her co-authored (Etienne Wenger and John. D Smith) forth coming book, Digital Habitats: stewarding technology for communities. […]

  3. Marnix Catteeuwon 10 Apr 2009 at 11:07 am

    Hi Nancy,

    I used a similar tool to evaluate a CoP :

    http://marnixcatteeuw.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!B9C4E02838429A32!283.entry

    cheers
    marnix

  4. Marnix Catteeuwon 10 Apr 2009 at 11:09 am

    this is the short URL, sorry

    http://tinyurl.com/cjtjhp

    marnix

  5. […] book and introduce some of the instruments that could be used when working with communities (e.g. community orientation spidegram), but you can shape the rest, bringing coffee and your questions about communities and technologies […]

  6. […] forming idea or practice. Gabriele Sani from World Vision in Italy has recently done this with the Community Orientations Spidergram from our Digital Habitats book. He saw a post I put on KM4Dev and immediately took it further! He […]

  7. […] in your context, fabulous. If not, try and open a dialog that shows why not. Use the Spidergram (http://www.fullcirc.com/wp/2009/03/31/digital-habitats-community-orientation-spidergram-activity/) as a talking tool, and then, if their arguments are verbally convincing, try USING different […]

  8. […] in your context, fabulous. If not, try and open a dialog that shows why not. Use the Spidergram (http://www.fullcirc.com/wp/2009/03/31/digital-habitats-community-orientation-spidergram-activity/) as a talking tool, and then, if their arguments are verbally convincing, try USING different […]

  9. uberVU - social commentson 11 Feb 2010 at 10:25 am

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  10. iMindMapon 10 Sep 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Hi Nancy,

    I love the Spidergram approach you have taken because it very quickly gives a visual indication of how things are. The shape of the wheel that is created can help people focus on areas much quicker than if this sort of method wasn’t used.

    I am intrigued as to how the idea was first received and what the impact was once people embraced the concept.

    Hope you don’t mind if I “borrow” the idea for a project of my own.

    Regards

    Michael

    PS – Have you seen the “Wheel of Life” concept which has a similar process for reviewing where you are in different aspects of your life?

  11. Nancy Whiteon 11 Sep 2010 at 7:47 am

    Thanks, Michael, and you are borrowing from a long lineage! I was first introduced to spidergrams from a friend and colleague who brought it from her Native American heritage and “the four directions.” And yes, the Wheel of Life. The key for me was the idea of a) visualization between elements and b) the concept of where things are and where they are headed, vs some “right or wrong” goal. Does that make sense?

    Edit: forgot the last bit. The spidergram has been well received. Again, I think the visual stuff is POWERFUL, as you know with mind mapping.

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