Imagining into technology use

I am reminded by a recent study, developing use cases for a new online community, where prospective participants were asked how they would use a community space. When I saw the categories of uses it became clear that for many “community space” represented an online forum. They had not envisioned anything beyond that or saw it as largely affective and not part of expediting things in a busy worklife.

I have been working as a leader/facilitator in the Connected Futures Workshop and wondering as a consequence what we as technology stewards can do to help people individually and as a group imagine or envision their use of new technologies? We have been trying to do this in the workshop by giving people hands-n authentic tasks to carry out, by offering them stories of real community use of Web2.0 technology and by trying as best we can in 5 weeks to be as a community ourselves. I am wondering if today it is more about imagining or developing a disposition toward new often labeled Web2.0 strategies and tools? How do we help communities of people imagine their use of and develop dispositions towards their connected future?

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