doggone conference

Common Craft feed




The third and final day of dogsnblogs, and there is no slowing down. I have posted a wiki page trying to gather as many of the feeds together as possible, as well as some quick notes of the presentations as I have taken them. I’ll be trying to flesh that out for the last post. Overall, this workshop has been exceptional. The talented faculty really know what they are talking about, and clearly live and breath this stuff. Today, Darren and Lee did a great presentation on communities, summing up alot of the issues in terms of private sector online community design (read. NOT ‘community of practice’). Lee highlights some key points; strategy as in have one, culture as in a common purpose, people as in who its about, means as in to an end, and service as in that is what you are providing. I got to ask him later about that, “of practice” part of community,and it didnt make much sense to him either. But then, he is in the business of bringing people together online, not contemplating bringing them together.

He made a great post awhile back on the difference between message boards and weblogs that deserves a link.

Perhaps the most compelling difference in weblogs and message boards is the locus of control. Weblogs are individual or small group resources- the control of content and value is driven by a single person or small group. Message Boards are group resources- the control of content and value is shared equally across all users.

The latest project for him and his partner Sachi, is a travel website documenting their next year as they tour the better part of the world! You can check on their progress, and share any travel experiences you care to. They are heading out in just a few short days. Good luck guys, we’ll be watching. =>