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I'm an adjunct at George Mason University's New Century College and Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution. I teach courses in conflict resolution and also an ecclectic mix of interdiscplinary social sciences courses. Probably most relevant for Meatball, for the past two years I've taught a course in cyberculture and virtual communities.
- I run [conflictresolver.net], which I've recently switched over to being wiki-based.
- I'm active in doing global process work and organizing for Indymedia, a global network of alternative, community-based media collectives. Indymedia uses a wiki for much of its internal document and know how building. I also do wiki work for the Washington, DC Indymedia collective's internal intranet.
- My dissertation work (completed this year) has been conducting and researching post 9/11 community dialogue groups here in the Washington, DC area.
Things I'm Pondering
- Just purchased Christopher Alexander's latest series of books (well, the first two) and curious about applying the principles to (virtual and not) community building.
- What's going to be the next (sorely needed) wiki software evolution. I'm using TikiWiki right now for site's I've created and am supporting and MediaWiki looks like it's progressing nicely. But still, we need much better wiki software: wysiwyg editing, friendly, fast, and pleasure to use.
John, welcome to Meatball. I'm very much interested in your work and I'm sure many others here will be too. Discussing ChristopherAlexander with respect to online communities is also something I've been longing for. It feels good to have you here. Feel at home. -- HelmutLeitner
John, a belated but hearty welcome to Meatball, just detected your name by churning CommunityMarketing, adding the new Wikinomics perspective. I am going to visit your native wikis on the search for co-creating synergies. -- FridemarPache