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How to use this Wiki

Page history last edited by Brian G. Dowling 3 years, 4 months ago

This Wiki is not intended to be a final or one-stop destination. It is a hub from which to connect to different different sectors forming one's own pathway to new community paradigms. The wiki material is designed simply as introductory material and should be supplanted by the original source material. It main goal of this effort is to bridge different sectors of thought. The World Wide Web is constantly evolving and links or even sites can disappear or go extinct.



Many of the challenges faced by communities are also being faced by other communities which have developed innovative solutions through the work of creative individuals and collaborative organizations, very often outside and even in opposition to the politically powerful in city hall. This wiki is intended for those seeking the means of redefining and redesigning their local community outside of the usual system of city council politics by providing a collection of websites, and online documentation dealing with a range of topics related to local community governance, building, and development.  


The FrontPage for New Community Paradigms lists different general areas of concern as wiki-sections in a bulleted format. Each wiki-section then further breaks down to wiki-pages covering more specific areas of concern, each containing relevant web links and files,  as well as direct links to other Related Wiki-pages or what have been determined Wiki Bridge pages and a path to Navigate Back to the Frontpage. You can also click Wiki in the menu bar near the top left corner.


You can navigate through this wiki, now using the Wiki Kumu Map or by using either the Sidebar or the Navigator, both of which can be found on the right side of the main wiki desktop (the one you are reading now).  It is easier using the Sidebar which lists all of the major areas. The Navigator is made up of folders like Administration which contains wiki-pages and uploaded files related to that folder. Of course, in a pinch, the web browser back button always works.

All of the wiki-pages and internal files open up within this wiki but any external links or documents open up in a new tab or window. 


As was said on the Frontpage, this wiki works with the Pathways to New Community Paradigms blog to provide a pathway for learning more about online resources that can be used to help build better communities. This wiki is also integrated with the Diigo online bookmarking system which provides, even more, opportunities for collaborative learning, research, and implementation. More on the Diigo system at Using Diigo on this site.  


As it is never enough for a single individual or small group to have only online resources, this wiki also provides links to various advocacy groups that can be sought for additional information, resources or support. Tags, labels or book markings are also an important means of connecting ideas and the intention is to get all sets of tags working together. Currently, there are three sets of tags Tags for this WikiDiigo Tags Page, and Blog Labels


As way of background, the idea of combining a blog with a wiki in this way is built upon concepts from the MITWorld podcast Media in Transition 6: New Media, Civic Media which put forward the idea (~8:40) of “time-based” durable, static versus "space-based" ephemeral, dynamic in terms of storage and transmission integrated with the ideas of Alex Bruns' of blogs being based on temporal organization, most recent articles in the most prominent position, making it difficult to serve as an in-depth platform for learning and wikis implementing a space-based structure allowing both for deeper exploration of issues and an opportunity for greater collaboration. NCP attempts to combine these concepts together.


You can simply read the contents of this wiki and hopefully find resources useful in creating a new set of paradigms for your community or for addressing a particular issue facing a community with which you are working.  


You can participate more directly by helping to find resources or writing related articles or create learning modules using the resources found here. 


If you are interested in doing more, you can request to become a writer by clicking here on at near the top right-hand corner.  It would be great to have others contribute to this effort. Keep in mind though that I am looking for direct online resources.  So if you do a blog post about a new resource then put the resource on this wiki your blog post will be attached as an external reference.


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Related Wiki pages


Why use this Wiki


Using Diigo on this site


Navigate Back


FrontPage for New Community Paradigms



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