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Shouting as loud as you can

There is not a big difference between the real interactions and those of the web. You can find big similarities in the way you talk with other people in the world and our “Me, We, Networks” model. While in your life you can modulate the tone of your voice in the internet environment you can change network, while you can choose where and in which geographical and social context you can speak in the internet environment you change your community and your tools to define the audience (my loved and passionate relationship with hashtags is an example). Let me explain this better.

We can imagine our web uses and informations sharing as a normal dialogue in real life: we can whisper with one person because we are talking behind someone’s back (do not do the “goody-goody”, I know you did it about that annoying and overwhelming person that continues to bother you each single day in your existence), we can mumble loudly alone and if someone else hears us even better or we can take a soap box and start a tirade on the deviant costumes of our years (that was the favourite way of latin people but, be careful, Cicero was beheaded).

Our model follows this sequence, “me" is when we put online informations  without a direct reader (or listener, it depends on your network) but we know that we can be "read" by someone or we don’t really matter. That can be a good way to reflect, writing let us organise our ideas and let us remember them because they are saved on the web, on the other hand people can anyway help us, answering to our posts even if that is not really needed.

We" is built with all the interactions we make with people we know or that is working with us. It is like speaking with a person we know but nobody else is supposed to hear us. It is about organisation of activities, sharing infos or feelings we don’t want to give to others (or we don’t need to) or building relationships. It is a weird mix of works and feelings but that is probably the weird nature of the “human groups”.

The Network is completely different, it is not about human individual nature like the previous two, it is about the human behavior and how we can as individuals affect it. With networks we share ideas, we share thoughts and we want that everyone knows them, we want that people agree with us or give us suggestions to improve our ideas, to make them stronger. An ideal network would be able to build a common human idea by sharing and modifying a previous one. Obviously that is not possible, the essence of the mankind is the man, the individual, the one and her/his different values, we can link people with same values but we can’t create a unique common values set able to regulate our whole knowledge, we can’t create a unique common consciousness (the ones who tried to actually developed the worst errors in our history).

The tools of me, we and network can be similar, however the use and the usefulness can provide a grade for each tool in each “category" (that’s a good way to define them). Let me make an example, Facebook’s notes are a good way to reflect as "me" but Tumblr will let me store all my thoughts in  one page and people that share my same interests can help me to improve my reflections.

On the other hand Facebook is the best and the fastest mean for the “group” category, I can easily share everything with a limited group of people, or with one people through the chat, I don’t think there is a better way to quickly share our status to our whole friends.

However Facebook is terrible as a network, I can make people know my ideals with FB, the hashtags system is something still unknown even if now I can use them (that is really stupid considered the normal privacy settings we have). Facebook gather too many private informations, they can’t be shared by reasonable people. Twitter, I will repeat it till my death, Twitter is the best way to share infos to a huge audience.

That can be broaden using hashtags (specialists audience uses hashtags to immediately see what they need). I mean, every category can be broaden using hashtags, even the “me” (but not Facebook, I tried to use them, they don’t work, it is just weird!!!). Tumblr can easily switch from “me” to network using these and other systems.

Our NGO in particular should shift from the exclusive use of Facebook to the use of real network’s means: Twitter, Tumblr with pictures and a personal regional website! Participating at events around Florida with flyers for example is a good “real way” to increase awareness! Let’s leave FB for group meetings and internal, private stuff!

Now, I have a lot more to say and to tell but I think my teachers wouldn’t appreciate, probably they are feeling really sleepy at the moment so, it is better to stop here. Stay connected and wait for the next post if this one didn’t bore you to death! Bye!

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Project communities 1: We will do it

This is my first post about the course "Project communities" at De Haagse Hogeschool. Well, at first sight it was shocking, looking at the preparatory documents they sent us I just saw tons of different instructions about everything in various pdf’s. I tried to absorb as much informations as possible with poor results, then I just thought “Enough! I will see tomorrow what is all this about”; definitively a good idea.

Today I just had to get over the daily “find-your-classroom” desperation and I finally was able to understand the purpose of the course: to learn to use technology, to learn more about crowdfunding, to learn to interact with a NGO, to learn to work in a group, etc.. While I was grasping the meaning of all this stuff I started to think about what I have to do, what I will have to do and what have I done!

However we had our NGO and the first group work solved many problems. The NGO is “Tiny houses enthusiasts” and in the group each one has now his own role, each one expressed his ideas and we had a productive time, I think we will do it! I am the team leader, a worried team leader but I will manage to coordinate my group. The topic is not simple and we are still struggling to define what we want and what we think about it but probably the first call with the NGO and our next meetings will solve many questions.

Now, after this short story about the fear and confusion turning into determination (and courage maybe?), let’s talk about my expectations.This is the hardest part, what I expect from this course? Well I thought about it:  I want to deeply understand how to interact with organisations, to know how to get the informations I need to work and I expect to learn how to lead a team in the best way.

It’s a lot of stuff, isn’t it? However, I repeat, I am sure we can do it (me and my team) and we will.

Now it’s dinner time and I am hungry, see you everybody! Don’t miss the next post and "buon appetito"!

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