In line with the class I am in, the existing theme of my blog, and the desire to have a topic that really motivates me to write, I want to highlight the use of, examples of, and characteristics of real change being made through the social web. This could be anything from looking at how a flashmob disrupted (or not) traffic to trying to see if offline components of organization and change still apply online.
I know that components of healthy community building on and offline are probably a big part in social change. Yet, I know there are exceptions. There are on< -->offline community building examples that resulted in social change, not all have. I’m interested in harnessing and trying to bear witness to those components that make community & change possible.
My biggest trouble will be in making sure I write and keep writing. I have a tendency to look up and “research” information more than I need to. After that, I’ll have learned a lot but done nothing to pay it forward via my blog or other online community spaces.
I’m excited to explore this territory. I believe a loose definition of change will allow me to explore smaller Ning communities, online fundraising efforts by nonprofits on Twitter, as well as intense social organization that leads to riots and other momentous “on-the-ground” change.
I’m sure a bit of research is in order but I’ve always struggled with the place of the “academic” online. Any suggestions on managing the balance between online sources and the occasional academic paper that ends up being way less accessible?