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Re: [ontolog-forum] Communities Of Inquiry

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From: Mills Davis <lmd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2007 12:06:37 -0400
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I recently came across an interesting group that is focusing on larger issues relating to cooperation and collaboration similar to those you outline. You may want to check out their site, library, and discussions:


Howard Rheingold, author of Smart Mobs, 

Institute for the Future (IFTF)  

authored a study on Technologies of Cooperation

The introduction to this study begins as follows:

"When social communication media grow in capability, pace, scope, or scale, people use these media to construct more complex social arrangements—that is, they use communication tools and  techniques to increase their capacity to cooperate at larger and larger scales. Human history is a story of the co-evolution of tools and social practices to support ever more complex forms of cooperative society."

Following publication of this study, they formed the Cooperation Commons  

Here you will find a great collection of documents. Also, there is an active,  global cooperation commons discussion group which you can join.

Also there is a discussion group on Google Groups -- CooperationCommons@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


On Aug 5, 2007, at 9:22 AM, Jon Awbrey wrote:



Some of the main attractions of this Forum for me are the ideas
about communities of practice and collaborative work environments
that inform the background of its ontological and semantic inquiries.
These ideas resonate with many themes that have driven my own questying
for as long as I can remember, from the ideas of Peirce and Royce about
communities of interpretation and inquiry, to continuing discussions of
what it means to be a critical thinker and a reflective practitioner
to ideas on the contemporary scene about learning organizations and
learning communities, to my own inquiries into the nature of agents,
communities, organisms, or systems that are capable of inquiry in
any way at all.

But I have an unfortunate tendency to get dragged down by picayune
details of logic and semiotics and such that makes me forget these
larger goals for long periods at a time.

So maybe it will help to drop a heading for collecting the odd thought
about these all-important, if rarely attended background motivations.

Jon Awbrey



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