Travels with my laptop Day 1: Sydney to Monterey

Travel was reasonably trouble free if not fortuitous; upgrade on plane, early arrival of flight, fast customs and immigration clearance, early shuttle bus and hotel room ready on arrival for early check-in. Come to think of it I was blessed!

Reflections…

It is so much more pleasant entering the USA via San Francisco than LAX. It’s real case of less is more -less crowded, less hard edged and all up less stressful.

It is going to take time to recalibrate my brain for time zones. Working ostensibly online I have most of the world times figured out from my Sydney frame of reference. Being on the west coast of the USA has me a little discombobulated. Since while here I am still offering online workshops for Asia-Pacific teachers I have to quickly get my head straight.

Monterey is very attractive, historic and walkable with the people,  as most Americans are, very genuine and considerate. Saving my sight seeing and photos until Monday as I needed to sleep lots to get into this time.

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?

When the thesis was done!

Ok, so it’s time almost a year later and way past time to get into and explore many more things, some less academic and some found in the bridge between theory and practice. For me research is only important if it advances the practice. For that reason I have kicked off a new blog-centred experience to share some of the knowledge gleaned in my doctoral research. Community Capers will focus on showcasing successful Internet-mediated communities of practice but will do it in ways that no academic tome could hope for. We will hang out is Second Life with community members, meet them live in Learning Times, hear from members and managers as guest bloggers and hopefully build our own small community around a Facebook group, and over each month together produce a publication as a case study of community.

The first community will open its doors to us for the month of June and then each month we will hold our capers about in new community. Not sure how it will all work out but it is an idea I have held for a long time and I finally have the time and brain space to bring it to life. Wish me luck and come on over and offer support!

Experiments leave trails!

This blog was opened in June 07 but sat idle until its 08 resurrection. This was opened just to explore blogging but the time was not found in 2007 to make anything of it. Funny how many traces and trails we leave exploring in spaces and how many of them never get picked up again like abandoned satellites in space likely to crash on our heads 😉 Well this satellite has a new chance to be useful and in 2008 will like Hubble surprise us (me in particular) all.