Happy birthday, CommunitySense!
APRIL 1, 2017
10 years ago to this day, I took the plunge. On April 1, 2007, I walked into the Tilburg Chamber of Commerce, and registered my very own company, CommunitySense. From the application form: “CommunitySense is a research consultancy company in the field of community informatics.
Mapping the community networks of Centres of Expertise: the “Rotterdam Connections”
MARCH 7, 2017
My community mapping work is taking off. I have been very busy with it, and have had little time to share the stories recently. Upcoming a series of blog posts introducing some of the very interesting mapping projects I have been doing since last year.
Nieuwe publicatie: Een Stadse Boeren Community Moet Je Samen Opkweken
JANUARY 27, 2016
Onlangs verschenen: A. de Moor (2015). Een Stadse Boeren Community Moet Je Samen Opkweken. Bol, T. Cornet (eds.), Stadse Boeren voor Leefbaarheid: De Kracht van Groene Lijm , De Conceptenbouwers, Den Bosch. ISBN 978-90-823832-0-1. Abstract: Stadslandbouw is helemaal in. Stadse boeren hebben een sterk gevoel bij een globale beweging te horen. Deze ‘sense of community’ is een belangrijke noodzakelijke voorwaarde om iets te kunnen bereiken.
My first MOOC: diary of 1 of 24,000 students following a truly “Massive Open Online Course”
FEBRUARY 25, 2013
Massive Open Online Courses are all the rage. A truly exciting and massive one (over 24,000 students enrolled!) is the Learn Creative Learning MOOC organized by MIT Media Lab, which will run from February- May 2013.
New publication – Knowledge Weaving for Social Innovation: Laying the First Strand
MAY 11, 2016
Just published: A. de Moor (2015). Knowledge Weaving for Social Innovation: Laying the First Strand. In Proc. of the 12th Prato Community Informatics Research Network Conference, November 9-11, 2015, Prato, Italy , pp.51-64. ISBN 978-0-9874652-4-5. Abstract. Society consists of a web of interconnected communities. A large body of research and practice exists on how to make communities work.
Knowledge Sharing for Social Innovation: The Dutch Tilburg Regional Case
NOVEMBER 13, 2014
On October 21st, I gave a guest lecture at Rutgers University , USA, having been invited by the Communication Department, the MCIS Program, and the Collaborative for Knowledge, Innovation and Design. Below my slides. A video recording of my presentation, and an interview by the School of Communication and Information with my host, Mark Aakhus , are still to follow. Abstract.
Een social innovation ecosysteem voor Midden-Brabant
SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
New publication: Expanding the Academic Research Community – Building Bridges into Society with the Internet
JUNE 5, 2014
Just published: A. de Moor (2014), Expanding the Academic Research Community – Building Bridges into Society with the Internet. In T. Denison, M. Sarrica, and L. Stillman (eds.), Theories, Practices, and Examples for Community and Social Informatics , Monash University Publishing, Melbourne. ISBN 978-1-921867-62-0. Abstract. Academic research is under threat from issues like lack of resources, fraud, and societal isolation.
Future interactions design: tapping the wisdom of the crowd
MAY 3, 2014
Preparing for the future. On April 3, I attended the Chi Sparks 2014 conference on human computer interaction, to present my paper on the Kids’ Knowledge Base.
New publication – Towards a participatory community mapping method: the Tilburg urban farming community case
JULY 3, 2015
Just published: A. de Moor (2015), Towards a participatory community mapping method: the Tilburg urban farming community case. In Adjunct Proceedings of the Communities & Technologies Conference (C&T 2015), Limerick, Ireland, 27-30 June, 2015 (to appear in International Reports on Socio-Informatics ). Abstract. Urban farming communities often consist of many disjoint initiatives, while having a strong need to overcome their fragmentation.
Communities & Technologies finally meeting Community Informatics
JANUARY 23, 2014
I’m currently in Siegen, Germany. attending the Communities & Technologies Vision workshop. Goal of the workshop is to build more common ground between the two very related fields of Communities & Technologies (C&T) and Community Informatics.
New publication: The “Kids’ Knowledge Base”: Connecting Junior Science to Society
APRIL 4, 2014
Just published: A. de Moor (2014), The “Kids’ Knowledge Base”: Connecting Junior Science to Society. In Proc. of Chi Sparks 2014, The Hague, the Netherlands. The Hague University of Applied Sciences , pp.108-111. Abstract. Universities try to reinforce their connections with society in many different ways. Introducing children to science at an early age is an important part of this mission.
De Tilburgse Spoorzone als “Living Lab voor de Maatschappij van de Toekomst”
FEBRUARY 1, 2012
De Tilburgse Spoorzone (zie ook Co-Creatie Kerngebied Spoorzone , Spoorzone site Brabants Dagblad en de Spoorzone Facebook groep ) staat in het centrum van de belangstelling. Ruim 2,5 kilometer lang met een oppervlakte van 75 hectare ligt deze voormalige NS werkplaats bijna volledig braak, maar met een geweldige potentie in deze stad van creatievelingen, makers, doeners en denkers. Het is de bedoeling dat de Spoorzone een “ Kennis Plus Profiel ” gaat krijgen.
Research Communities 2.0
JULY 30, 2013
Deze presentatie laat zien hoe research communities door goed gebruik te maken van Internet het academisch onderzoeksproces kunnen helpen hervormen. Ik heb deze gegeven in het kader van de Masterclass Research Support die het Avans Leer- en Innovatiecentrum op 20 juni jl. heeft georganiseerd.
Social Innovation Meetup: “Exploring Labs for Social Change” – presentation notes
APRIL 28, 2013
On April 25, Social Innovation Meetup #4 , organized by Hivos and Kennisland, was held in Amsterdam. Theme: “Exploring Labs for Social Change” Social innovation labs are very popular as instruments for “changing the system” However, what actually happens in these labs?
Meebouwen aan de Creatieve Piramide van Brabant Brein
MARCH 22, 2011
Vorige week heb ik meegedaan met een avond van Brabant Brein in Breda. Uit “ de folder “: Brabant Brein is een unieke denktank die de creativiteit, kennis en denkkracht van Brabantse topspecialisten uit 11 sectoren en vanuit alle denkbare disciplines bundelt.
“Designing Social Cities of Tomorrow” workshop – presentation notes
FEBRUARY 19, 2012
On February 17, the international “Social Cities of Tomorrow” conference was held in Amsterdam. Prior to this conference, a three-day “Designing Social Cities of Tomorrow” workshop was held in which international participants from various professional backgrounds collaborated with local stakeholder organisations on 4 real-world urban cases : Urban Pioneers Zeeburgereiland (Amsterdam), Haagse Havens (The Hague), Strijp-S (Eindhoven), and Amsterdam Civic Innovator Network.
Happy 25th birthday, World Wide Web!
MARCH 12, 2014
Today, the Web’s been around for 25 years, hip hip hurray!
Community mapping with Kumu: making sense of your community network
JUNE 19, 2016
Collaborative sensemaking. Communities are the building blocks of collaboration in today’s networked organizations. They consist of people working together for mutual benefit, developing strong relations, and weaving a web of vibrant interactions.
Weaving the Web: Launch of the Tilburg University Science Junction
APRIL 20, 2011
Today, Tilburg University’s Science Junction was launched: The Children’s University aims to work together with regional schools to develop curriculums and teaching materials for more gifted primary school students from groups 7 and 8 (age 10 to 12).
New publication: Towards Sheltered Communication Systems Design – A Socio-Technical Perspective
MARCH 21, 2013
The proceedings were just published containing my paper: A. de Moor (2012). Towards Sheltered Communication Systems Design: A Socio-Technical Perspective. In Proc. of the 9th Community Informatics Research Network Conference, Prato, Italy, November 7-9, 2012. Abstract.
New publication: Creativity Meets Rationale – Collaboration Patterns for Social Innovation
DECEMBER 1, 2012
My book chapter “ Creativity Meets Rationale – Collaboration Patterns for Social Innovation ” was recently published in J. Carroll (ed.), Creativity and Rationale: Enhancing Human Experience by Design , Springer, Berlin. ISBN 978-1-4471-4110-5. Abstract.
LinkedIn Maps: art or science?
JUNE 14, 2012
LinkedIn is a great resource for exploring professional profiles. However, when your personal social network starts to grow into the hundreds of contacts, it becomes very hard to – quite literally – still see the bigger picture.
New Publication: Public Libraries as Social Innovation Catalysts
OCTOBER 29, 2013
Just published: A. de Moor and R. van den Assem (2013), Public Libraries as Social Innovation Catalysts. In Proc. of the 10th Prato CIRN Conference “Nexus, Confluence, and Difference: Community Archives meets Community Informatics”, Prato, Italy, Oct 28-30 2013. Abstract. Public libraries urgently need to reinvent their role in society.
Collaboration Patterns for Social Innovation: The Dutch – US Connection?
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013
As part of my visit to the University of Alabama in Huntsville I gave a presentation “Creativity Meets Rationale – Collaboration Patterns for Social Innovation” at the College of Business Administration. It was based on the book chapter with the same title that was published earlier this year in the book “Creativity and Rationale: Enhancing Human Experience by Design” The slides can be downloaded here.
Expanding the Academic Research Community: Building Bridges into Society with the Internet
AUGUST 29, 2013
Below the slides of the honors lecture I just gave at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. The slides can be downloaded here. The talk is based on a book chapter with the same title that will be published by Monash University Publishing in the fall. A preprint of this chapter can be downloaded here. Thanks to the students for all your great questions. If there’s any more, feel free to post them here as comments.
March for Science NL: Sharing the”signs of the times”
APRIL 23, 2017
Yesterday was a momentous day in the history of science. Never before did so many scientists and science supporters take to the streets in such huge numbers across the globe. Mass demonstrations took place in over 600 events , from the North Pole to the Antarctic. This went way beyond just anger about budget cuts and petty research politics.
Research consultancy: taking the plunge?
MAY 21, 2009
On February 18, SIKS, the Netherlands Research School for Information and Knowledge Systems , organized a career day for Ph.D. students, with the goal of making Ph.D. students think about what are the career opportunities after they finish.
Conversations in Context: A Twitter Case for Social Media Systems Design
SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
On September 1, I gave the invited talk for the 5th AIS SIGPrag International Pragmatic Web Conference Track of the I-SEMANTICS 2010 conference in Graz, Austria. Here are the abstract of and link to the paper , as well as the presentation. Abstract. Conversations are the lifeblood of collaborative communities. Social media like microblogging tool Twitter have great potential for supporting these conversations.
On the Research Road: Meshing Physical & Online Community Mapping
SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
On the research road… In the spring, I decided to go on a “research road trip” to Silicon Valley and Northern California. The overarching research theme of my road trip was to engage in some deep learning and sharing on my main current R&D focus: community mapping.
Dutch Innovation Seminar 2008
NOVEMBER 25, 2008
On October 9, a beautiful autumn day, I went to the De Baak estate, in the wooded centre of the country to attend the Dutch Innovation Seminar 2008. De Baak is a well-known training institute, established by the largest employers’ organization in the Netherlands. As their site states, it “is the place for leaders, business people and professionals in search of inspiration, motivation, knowledge and insight. Well, inspiration abounded, plentifully.
The right tool for the job: my first 750words.com story
MAY 2, 2016
I am fascinated by online tools. Tools in the proper sense, of technologies fitting the job. It never ceases to amaze me how clients often think that “anything goes” when digital tools are concerned.
Powered by Social Innovation – Seminar Community Mapping
OCTOBER 2, 2015
Binnenkort geef ik een Powered by Social Innovation-Seminar Community Mapping bij het Midpoint Center for Social Innovation. Hier de uitnodiging: Seminar Community Mapping.
New publication: Communities in Context: Towards Taking Control of Their Tools in Common(s)
AUGUST 19, 2015
Just published: A. de Moor (2015). Communities in Context: Towards Taking Control of Their Tools in Common(s). In The Journal of Community Informatics , 11(2). Abstract: In this exploratory paper, we outline some issues of inter-community socio-technical systems governance.
New publication: Learning 3.0: Collaborating for Impact in Large Development Organizations
MARCH 10, 2015
Just published: Nancy White, Rachel Cardone and Aldo de Moor (2014). Learning 3.0: Collaborating for Impact in Large Development Organizations. In Knowledge Management for Development Journal , 10(3):21-37.
The Future of Community Informatics: interview by Michael Gurstein
JULY 14, 2014
Last year, Michael Gurstein , one of the “founding fathers” of the field of Community Informatics, interviewed me on Skype as part of a series of interviews he held with researchers and practitioners around the world.
New publication – CulTech2015: Cultural Diversity and Technology Design
JULY 14, 2015
Just published: H. He, N. Memarovic, A. Sabiescu, A. de Moor (2015), CulTech2015: Cultural Diversity and Technology Design. In Avram, Gabriela; De Cindio, Fiorella; Pipek, Volkmar (eds.) 2015): Proceedings of the Work-In-Progress Track of the 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies , Limerick, Ireland, 27-30 June, 2015 , pp.153-156. Filed under: culture , design , technologies , tools. culture design technologies tools
New publication: Improving Communication for Collaboration in Social Innovation Projects – A Framework for Pragmatic Research
JUNE 27, 2013
Just published: H. Weigand and A. de Moor (2013), Improving Communication for Collaboration in Social Innovation Projects – A Framework for Pragmatic Research. In Proc.
“It’s the Conversation, Stupid!” – Social media systems design for open innovation communities
NOVEMBER 19, 2010
Moving Community Informatics Research Forward
OCTOBER 1, 2009
The latest issue of the Journal of Community Informatics contains my point of view on “Moving Community Informatics Research Forward.