Category Archives: Boston-area social network

progress on building a Boston civic network

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I am in DC and heading for California for several days of family vacation with our college kid. I’m going offline–no blogging or Facebook notes until about next Thursday. Meanwhile, my Tufts students and I have been … Continue reading

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Facebook: civic strengths and weaknesses

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Facebook is an “egocentric network.” That’s not a disparaging remark; its egocentrism is a source of its strength. As a Facebook user, you maintain and refine your own profile and explore a network of people who have … Continue reading

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Facebook, Social Networking, and Community Organizing

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Tomorrow (after a very quick trip down to DC and back for the National Conference on Citizenship), I’ll start teaching a course at Tufts called “Facebook, Social Networking, and Community Organizing.” It is a practical project course … Continue reading

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Legislative Aide: a civics simulation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I haven’t yet blogged about one of our significant activities this spring. We’ve helped partners at the University of Wisconsin to develop a game or simulation for teaching civics in high schools. Students play the roles of … Continue reading

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community mapping with Facebook

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0As described in this slide show, we have been working with college students at Tufts and UMass Boston to build one elaborate “network map” of civil society in the Boston area. The map already has many hundreds … Continue reading

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learning about social media

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0My head is swimming with recent conversations that touch on social media, civic engagement, and young people. I’d define “social media” as any of the Internet technologies that make it easy to distribute your own creations and … Continue reading

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the Boston community mapping project

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This little presentation describes our software for mapping a community, and our progress in using it so far in the Boston area.

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turning “friends” into supporters

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In our Boston-area social networking project and related work, we hear repeatedly that the challenge is to convert online connections into “real world” action. Young people are heavy users of online tools like MySpace and Facebook, but … Continue reading

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mapping Boston’s civil society

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We’re busy mapping Boston. Students place nodes that represent people, ideas, or organizations on a blank plane. Each node stores data, such as contact information, goals, activities, and geographical locations. Connections among nodes represent real collaborations. The … Continue reading

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first steps with a Boston-area social network

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We have a fairly large grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service to build a new kind of social network for college students in the Boston area, to support their community research, volunteering, recruitment, and … Continue reading

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