Monthly Archives: July 2003

Lawn Signs vs. Meetup as Local Social Capital Builders

I had some interesting correspondence with Bob Putnam, Lew Feldstein, and Tom Sander about Internet sites as collectors of attention in order to make local matches. I’ve continued to correspond with them about ICTs and social capital since participating in … Continue reading

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More on Global Organizing of Local Activity

Following up on yesterday’s thoughts, what are the success criteria for attempts to use the Internet to connect people who live near other and are interested in some topic? First, there needs to be a critical mass of interest before … Continue reading

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Howard Dean, Social Capital, and the Internet: Global Organizing of Local Activity

For years now, I’ve been monitoring social capital building efforts on the Internet. I think I’ve now accumulated enough examples to articulate an important category of social capital building opportunities on the Internet: non-local sites that help organize local activities. … Continue reading

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CTCs and eBay

As I left the eBay Live conference (see entry below), on my way back to the CTCTNet conference (I’m on their advisory board), I had an epiphany that eBay could be a good platform for creating small businesses in low-income … Continue reading

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eBay Live trip report

I dropped in on eBay Live in Orlando for 24 hours. This was the second annual convention that eBay has put on. At the April workshop on reputation systems we held at MIT, Peter Kollock from UCLA, as well as … Continue reading

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