If you are curious about blogging, social networks, messaging, and the future of one-to-one, one-to-many, and many-to-one communication, then youare interested in Online Social Networks 2005 online conference. Here is one example of a discussion that is going to take place. The conference is between 9-23 February 2005, the fee is $50, and if you're not there, you won't really know the difference between the future as hype and the true future of communications. Be sure to register. Since the conference is asynchronous, it means that you can never really miss anything per se.
Link: OSN 2004: Program.
Destabilising Terror Networks Hosted by Charles Cameron, Rheingold Associates Not all social networks are positive, and one good reason for us all to understand SNs at this time is to learn how to disrupt them when they are themselves disruptive. John Robb and Valdis Krebs have discussed this topic before, and the "Destabilising Terror Networks" panel will allow us to quiz them as they continue their conversation, getting a glimpse of the ways in which terrorists are networking, and counter-terrorist experts are working to break their networks.
ACT I: SCAN
Introductory Keynote: Howard Rheingold and Lisa Kimball
Join Rheingold and Kimball as they guide us on a wacky, wonderful ride through the early days of the Internet to today's explosion into the mainstream of online social networks. Don't miss this conference "kick-off" as they introduce you to pioneers in the field of online social networks as well as some of the current trendsetters now exploring the latest technologies and applications.
Opening Sessions: Meet & Greet With The Pioneers!
Meet and engage with experts in interactive dialogue prior to their individual sessions and workshops! This online meet and greet is an exceptional and effective way to begin the conference networking, introducing yourself to other participants, and sharing your expectations for what you want to take away from the conference.
ACT II: FOCUS
FOCUS Area I: Organizational Social Networks
Keynote: Howard Rheingold and Lisa Kimball
What organizations are using them and why? What challenges and opportunities do they present? What are the practical applications of OSNs?
Workshops & Discussions:
Advanced Knowledge Practices In OSNs
Hosted by Denham Grey
Denham Grey will be sharing his experience of 'living' on-line for last 10 years on KM related bulletin boards, 'gated' communities, KM blogs (k-logs) and listserves. We will explore 'knowledge emergence' by being and doing, providing a deep personal experience of what OSN can be, how it helps enhance awareness, assists with information overload, provides entree to expert opinion and promotes seamless continuous learning. The following topics will be covered:
- Social affordances - profiles, yellowpages, blogs, wiki, RSS, games
- Distinctions - enhancing group understanding and building a shared language
- Patterns & pattern language - capturing validated experience within a community
- Persistent conversations - implications and relation to personal identity
- Weak ties - strategies for building a robust personal on-line network
Flickr: Evolution of a Photo-based Social Network
Hosted by Caterina Fake
Flickr.com, the online photo management and sharing application, had an incredibly short timeline. Begun December 8, 2003 and launched into public beta February 10, 2004. Caterina Fake will walk us through the decision-making process, how Flickr enlisted user contributions to the design process and discuss how they arrived at the decisions that brought them to the current manifestation of Flickr.com.
Exploring On-Line Tools For Collaboration
Hosted by Karen Garcia, Venny Su, and Jeff Cooper
This session demonstrates how learning environments are used by a global community of educators for the development of emergent collaborative activities. OpenSource for EDUCATORS -a central depository for software, and Educational Multi-User Virtual Environments (MUVEs) are showcased. This presentation will focus on Online Social Networks for personal, social and business use and will be hosted at Tapped In as a Virtual Learning Community.
Learning from a Southern African Online Conference
Hosted by Stephen Marquard & Tony Carr
This presentation will report on the experience of preparing for, delivering and evaluating the e/merge 2004 online conference on collaborative blended learning in Southern Africa (http://emerge2004.net) which was initiated to promote the growth of educational technology communities of practice in Southern Africa. The presentation will include key issues such as design of conference spaces, technology choices and facilitation process. We will draw on conference statistics and feedback from delegates to consider improvements for e/merge 2005.
WIKIS: A new collaboration infrastructure for organizations
Hosted by Tom Mandel
WIKIs are not just for geeks any more! Organizations are finding that this new technology is a way to create, share, organize, present and publish the collective knowledge of teams. WIKIs are emergent, transparent and allow direct action in ways that previous tools have not. Learn how WIKIs change the traditional models of managing knowledge and how they can support purposeful social networks.
Audio Roundtable - Online Social Networks as a Nest for Communities of Practice
Hosted by: Lisa Kimball, Executive Producer, Group Jazz
February 16, 2005 - 12:00 noon (Eastern US Time) - timeanddate.com
Join Lisa Kimball and Nancy White as they discuss online social networks as a nest for communities of practice. Call in live or listen to recorded audio.
FOCUS Area II: Personal Social Networks
Keynote: Joi Ito
Explore how are individuals taking advantage of OSNs to promote their businesses and extend their personal networks
Workshops & Discussions:
Social Networking Hawaiian Style
Hosted by Burt Lum, Ryan Ozawa, Dave Kozuki, and Sun-Ki Chai
Hawai`i's idea of social networking is just another term for `ohana - the family unit.” Like so many things about the Web that are Hawai`i influenced, the term surfing the Web or the term Wiki, meaning fast or Akamai meaning intelligent. Panel discussion will include:
- Social networking in Hawai`i and the parallels to RL social networking Hawaiian style.
- Delivered through LearningTimes interface using the Elluminate application.
- Powerpoint presentations provided with audio accompaniment.
- Chat interface for audience participation
- Each session will consist of 45 minute presentation and 15 minute Q&A.
Opening Doors and Closing Deals: Success Stories and Best Practices in Online Social Networks
Hosted by Scott Allen and guests
Forget the debates about business models. Forget criticisms about privacy and spam. The reality is that online social networks are working very well for many, many people in a variety of industries: the copy editor who gets 80% of her business on Ryze, the project management entrepreneur who closed four deals in just four months via Ecademy, and the dozens of executive recruiters and venture capitalists who are accelerating their processes via LinkedIn.
- What's making it work for them?
- What are they doing differently?
The session will look at several case studies and the practices of those who are achieving real business success in online social networks. A live interactive event toward the end of the session will include a panel discussion and Q&A with some of the case study subjects.
Blogging In The Education World
Hosted by Bryan Alexander
What can teachers and students do in this new world of blogging? The education field is far behing in this field using the internet primarily for course management or class environments. Discussion includes current events and new developments from the .edu world, a student's world item where participants get to shine, while nonstudents ask questions, give their impressions, and channel the student experience.
The Library Blogosphere: Toward a Working Taxonomy
Hosted by: Michael Stephens and Aaron Schmidt
The classification of library related blogs has provided insight into the ways libraries and librarians are using blogging software to help them achieve their goals. In this presentation Stephens and Schmidt will discuss their research of blogging in the library world.
Boosting the Collective Intelligence of Your Network
Hosted by George Por
This collaborative inquiry is for online facilitators, leaders of virtual teams and communities of practice, change agents, or just about anyone who curious of how to co-evolve Self and Network. We experience the rapid emergence of a new generation of more capable web browsers, co-authoring and publishing tools, free VoIP telephony, photo-blogging, video-chat, etc. What do they tell us about the potential for our co-creativity to rise on the spine of the double helix of autonomy and community?
FOCUS Area III: Political Social Networks
Keynote: Brian Reich
Explore how political parties, politicians, and others have used OSNs to raise money, explore issues, and mobilize at the grassroots level
Workshops & Discussions:
Tools For Online Activism
Hosted by Jon Lebkowsky
A survey and discussion of the tools and how they're being used. Participants: Adina Levin, Dan Robinson (Advokit), Zack Rosen, Tanya Renne (OrchidForChange), Aldon Hynes (Greater Democracy, Deanspace, Civicspace)
A more theoretical discussion of democracy mediated by technology. Participants: Joi Ito, Jon Lebkowsky, Mitch Ratcliffe, Jock Gill, Nate Wilcox.
Shaping Emergent Democracy
Hosted by Chris Lang, President, The Organization for Collaborative Leadership
The failure of state-sponsored networks relative to advocacy-sponsored networks suggests that emergent democracy is on track to destroy, rather than enhance, civic capital. The UW-Madison Collaborative Leadership Program hasdemonstrated that academic organizations are more willing and able to create anti-polarized networks because polarization also happens to limit pedagogical benefits. After a brief presentation about this model, we will synchronously and asynchronously discuss how network-builders can (and whether they should) reduce both their costs and their polarization by allowing academics to participate in network management. Session includes discussion in various related fields (MUDs, trust online, deliberation, collaborative interfaces, legal issues).
Destabilising Terror Networks
Hosted by Charles Cameron, Rheingold Associates
Not all social networks are positive, and one good reason for us all to understand SNs at this time is to learn how to disrupt them when they are themselves disruptive. John Robb and Valdis Krebs have discussed this topic before, and the "Destabilising Terror Networks" panel will allow us to quiz them as they continue their conversation, getting a glimpse of the ways in which terrorists are networking, and counter-terrorist experts are working to break their networks.
ACT III: ACT
Audio Roundtable - Where do we go from here?
Hosted by: Lisa Kimball, Executive Producer, Group Jazz
February 22, 2005 - 12:00 noon (Eastern US Time) - timeanddate.com
Join Lisa Kimball and a panel of diverse players for an audio roundtable on the future of social networking tools. What’s hot now and what should you be tracking to get a handle on the future! Participants: Jerry Michalski, Britt Blaser, Brian House, and Kelly Larabee. Call in live or listen to recorded audio.
Electronic Networking Association (ENA) - Twenty Years Later
It's been twenty years since some of us started ENA to promote electronic networking in ways that enrich individuals, enhance organizations, and build global communities. We didn't use the term "social networks" then but that's what we were talking about for sure! A special ENA anniversary session will give us an opportunity to talk about what's happened over the past twenty years and what we've learned that can make a difference in the future.
Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs
Lisa Kimball, Amy Ladd, Pete Bradshaw, and Nancy White, contributing authors to Knowledge Networks: Innovation Through Communities of Practice
Christian Crumlish, author of The Power of Many
David Teten and Scott Allen, authors of The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals Using Online Social Networks
Andrea Baker, author of Double Click: Romance and Commitment Of Online Couples
Music, News and The Internet
The music and news industry are going through radical transformation due to the increase in blogs, file sharing, etc. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Does file sharing hurt the struggling musician build grass roots appeal or hurt him by losing out on sales? Does it hurt the record industry or help by promoting music that is otherwise unheard due to corporate radio.
- Jazz blogger Oliver Wang www.o-dub.com
- Representative from Recording Industry Association of America
- Independent musician Roger Salloom www.rogersalloom.com
Take a break from conference proceedings to enjoy a virtual beverage with fellow participants and hosts.
Fun and Games
Featuring HipBone games and more.