Smart Mobs, Networks and Collectives

In the presentation below, Rheingold describes the coming world of collaboration as a participatory media and collective action. He also discusses how Wikipedia, an outgrowth of our natural human instinct, works as a group.

The spirit of collaboration, a key issue for the open content movement, reinforces  new concepts such as “smart mobs” , “networks” and “collectives”.

Smart mobs which means self-structuring social organization through technology-mediated, intelligent emergent behavior. Howard Rheingold introduces this concept   in his book Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.

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Networks refers to individuals,  members of online communities, some of which are enhanced by face-to-face gatherings, but increasingly supported only through various forms of online interaction. “Increasingly older face-to-face networks are moving many of their activities online to increase access to members and to take advantage of the recording and archiving afforded by digital networks. Networks usually operate over extended periods of time and are not constrained to time lines arbitrarily set by educational institutions.” (Anderson, 2007)

Collectives “ are the newest and most unfamiliar of the aggregations of the Many. Collectives are a kind of cyber-organism, formed from people linked algorithmically using networked software. Through use of the Net, we create trails, and archived data, engage in discussion and transactions and make both tacit and conscious decisions that, when aggregated with those of many others, create a new learning resource and context – which we refer to as collectives” (Anderson, 2007)
More information: Anderson, T. (2007). Reducing the Loneliness of the Distance Learner Using Social Software.

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