The content and sense of community generated by TEDxBloomington exceeded all expectations. The interaction with the national organization, however, made for a bittersweet experience. Future TEDx events need to better integrate with the ecosystem of local events.
The Web Ecology Project recently completed a two-week social experiment where Twitter bots tried to pass as human. This reminded me of a couple other projects related to fakery on Twitter, Truthy and Cyc AI.
The Wisdom of Play is a suite of community engagement activities taking place in May 2011. We are trying to raise at least $2000 to cover the material costs using Kickstarter.
Conversations will take three forms (Questions, Ideas, and Debates) and have the option to be tied to up to 10 video talks. The posts will also include an important setting: a time limit.
For a local newspaper like the Herald-Times, financial sustainability has to be one of the big goals that their policies and actions must support. I suspect that isn’t their only goal.
From the archives of my drafts, I mined four compelling insights about community engagement.
Ignites are great opportunities for members of a community to gather and share their passions. Usually, the night ends with the audience buoyed by the energy the event brings and thinking about something new. With my 10-year-old presenting, it’s even more special.