Seems like a catch-up day for my blog!
In this article Nancy provides summaries of and links to a wide range of current views from noted authors and thinkers in this area. For anyone who is beginning to think about communities and communities of practice, this article is a valuable read.
Interesting to note George Seimens’ note on how technology is shaping how we regard community:
“I agree with the general tone presented. It’s difficult, however, to precisely detail the concept of “community”. The tools we use shape ideas and contexts in which we use them. For example – due to technology, collaboration used to mean something quite different from what it does today. Different inputs (decentralized, distributed across cultures) and different processes (asynchronous for reflective thought,synchronous for real-time connections of geographically dispersed team members) have reframed what it means to collaborate.”
He points to another interesting article titled Little Boxes, Glocalization, and Networked Individualism by Barry Wellman (PDF) that explores the redefintion of community as a result of technology.