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Volunteering at Hand

Volunteering at Hand

A critical alternative to matching the needs of communities Current events in the world, such as poverty, wars, and national disasters, bring forth a rise in volunteering organisations and activities. Therefore, it is surprising that in many countries the...
Helping Neighborhoods Get Social Again. Or not?

Helping Neighborhoods Get Social Again. Or not?

Every good idea is a solution to a problem. In the case of San Francisco based start-up Nextdoor the problem is that neighbors no longer get to know each other and truly communicate. The small-scale social network is trying...
Ptch: Infinitely mashable with limited possibilities

Ptch: Infinitely mashable with limited possibilities

Second author Daan Smith The application Ptch can be used as an application for your smartphone (at this time only available for iPhone) and it is integrated with a lot of remix-capabilities. The application gives you the chance to...
Underskog.no: an example of a private online community

Underskog.no: an example of a private online community

Underskog (directly translated from Norwegian meaning “undergrowth” or “underwoods”) is a phenomenon I heard about even before moving to Oslo. Sometime in 2008, my Norwegian friend, being only too happy about being a part of it all, described with...
The Switch: from Matthew Fuller to mobile apps

The Switch: from Matthew Fuller to mobile apps

Erupting Irruption Ask Elk Grove, launched ten days ago for the city of Elk Grove, California, numbers among the newest localized smartphone applications for reporting civic repairs. Most follow agendas similar to GRCity311, an app developed for Grand Rapids,...
Book review: Virtually You by Elias Aboujaoude, MD

Book review: Virtually You by Elias Aboujaoude, MD

The humankind is moving online. Our work, relationships, communications, banking and even shopping can be done online today, and where possible we’ll happily take the easy ‘one click away’ shortcut, because it’s faster, more efficient and more convenient. For...
LabSurLab Report, Medellín 07-04

LabSurLab Report, Medellín 07-04

LabSurLab is a gathering of different worldwide Labs taking place in Medellín first time this year. From the 6th of April to the 12th of April different projects will present their work and exchange ideas on subjects such as...
Wikipedia is the mother of my entry

Wikipedia is the mother of my entry

Searching the definition of  ‘community’ on Wikipedia (yes it is ironic) I found the most common one of ‘ a group of interacting people living in a common location. The word is often used to refer to a group...

Surfing the Web of Trust: Couchsurfing

Social networks come in a wide variety on the World Wide Web. There’s the generic social network focusing on sharing info and multimedia with your friends (like facebook), professional sites (LinkedIn), forums, collaborative blogs and so on. Most of...

Wikipedia: a Social Playground

The online encyclopedia Wikipedia is an interesting product of the Web 2.0. Wikipedia asks its users to actively participate, add and change the content of the website, in order to create a knowledge database which is more up to...

Smart Mobs: smart mob(ile)s or smart Men On Bits?

In this review, Howard Rheingold’s vision on the future of communication and interaction is explained, as layed out in his book ‘Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution’, 2002. Rheingold noted that SMS has been used for dating in teenage...

New Network Theory- Parallel Sessions- ‘Network and Social Life’

The first speaker on this theme is Canadian Yukari Seko. She has done research on self destructive behaviour in connection with keeping a blog/being part of a blogging community. Seko argues that self destructive individuals act out their feelings...