Monday, June 15, 2009

National Initiative for Social Participation

Where is social media taking us?

If you are reading this blog, you are a participant in social media. And, in a world of Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr, social media is not just a technology phenomenon, it is an important part of the cultural and social fabric.

Given its prominence in the everyday life around the world, it is surprising that there has not been a systematic understanding of its many dimensions.

Some fundamental questions surrounding social media

Peter Pirolli at PARC is one of the organizers behind this whitepaper that tries point out the importance of social media and calls for a national level organization like NASA to tackle the following six challenges:

* A Nation of Neighbors
* A National Deliberative Process
* Encyclopedia of Life
* Climate Collaboratorium
* Energy Initiative: Socio-technical systems supporting reflective communities
* Enabling Healthy Living

You can find the full document and related information at


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