A student of mine for her final project creatded a blog about recycled fashion.
Ditch or Stitch!
Participating in orgtheory.net thread I whipped up these resources which I thought ought to be useful here also.
I feel like there is a lot that is at least descriptive or celebratory of lowering the coordination costs for civil society or political organizations. You mean more rigorous, empirical research? And do you mean campaign organizations (as oppose to governing or politically engaged?)
A few things I pulled off my shelf-
Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope: Lessons for Dean Campaign for the Future of Internet Politics Techout, Zephyr and Streeter,Thomas. Has stories from campaign and some framing/theory chapters.
Society Online Edited by Howard, Philip and Jones, Steve. Has a chapter on voting and Internet in politics 1996-2000 (wow! Pre-history!).
Globalization from Below: Transnational Activists and Protest Networks della POrta, Donatella et al. Has a Chapter on Networks and Organizing.
Causewired By Watson, Tom. Whole book is rah-rah on wired activism. HAs chapter on politics (6, I think).
The Media in the Network Society: Browsing, NEws, Filters, and Citizenship Several chapters on politics, political systems, case studies of other countries (East Timor, Portugal e.g)
Is any of this on the mark?
Webware 100 2009 – CNET
I don’t use a lot, but as a catalogue of goodies and tools, wow. I could waste a lot of time here.
BlogHUD : Get a Second Life Blog – Second Life blogging community network and tools
what is a blogHUD?
The ‘blogHUD’ is a tool to let you blog from Second Life and crosspost your text posts or image postcards to your own blog or photo-sharing account.
This looks like it oculd be a useful tool for undergrads doing on-line ethnography.
Has anyone used it?
I wa slooking for a project for my undergraduate research studnet to work on.
The SL researchers listserv had a good suggestion.
He is interested in politics or civic discourse in virtual worlds.
Ideally, it would be a sim, island, community with either robust internal debate, or an explicit goal of being a forum, an agora of civics.
He would be doing some virtual ethnography to explore how expressiveness, community, and technology relate to political discourse.
And the first response form a Law School Professor:
1) If he hasn’t done already, he should read Tom Boellstorff’s book, Coming of Age in Second Life, which is a good example of doing ethnography in SL.
2) He might look into the Coalition of Democratic Sims (or something like that), which is a group of sims that have instituted some form of democratic governance.
I hope he keeps us posted on his work. It should be very interesting.