Pretend, for a moment, that it is February 17th and I was blogging as I was supposed to. I would have written a blog post about a great new collaborative brainchild of Nancy White and Tony Karrer that I feel privileged to have been invited to. It’s call the Communities and Networks Connection, and you will see my badge posted proudly here.
February 17th was the launch date, and I missed it while deeply immersed in a windowless office at a client’s site, where my primary task is to bring the concepts and (more importantly) the practices of networks and communities to bear. So I really need to pay more attention.
The Communities and Networks Connection has a number of really terrific aspects. It aggregates the blogs of many of the thought leaders in community and network thinking, featuring many people I’ve come to know and work with. So, it’s kind of like one-stop shopping. On one site, I can check on the most recent blogs of people I already subscribe to including Jessica Lipnack (Endless Knots), Lilia Efimova (Mathemagenic), Shawn Callahan (Anecdote), Valdis Krebs (TNT – The Network Thinker), Jenny Ambrozek (21st Century Organization), John Tropea (Library Clips), Mike Gotta (Collaborative Thinking) as well as Nancy and Tony linked above but I also can see what bloggers I’ve been missing and start to pay attention.
On the site, you can see the aggregated posts for the day, or click on any of the featured members. If you click on Networks, Complexity, and Relatedness from there, you’ll see that it has also has mined my posts for keyword concepts, tools, and information types. These keywords are all rolled up on the site’s main page.
Thank you, Nancy and Tony, for rolling out such a service — to all those who want to see the latest thinking on communities and networks in one place, nicely organized, and bound to be an exciting stop on the morning’s reading lists.