Virtual Community Roundtable
A 60 minute main stage panel discussion on social machines, virtual communities and education.
12:30 Saturday 9th August, Barbican Hall
- Chair: Aaron Halfaker, Research Scientist, Wikimedia Foundation
- Marc A. Pelletier, Wikimedia Tool Labs Engineer
- Raph Koster, Author "A Theory of Fun"
- Yaneer Bar-Yam, President of the New England Complex Systems Institute
- Brandon Harris, Senior Designer, Wikimedia Foundation
- David White, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at UAL
- Jonathan Morgan, Research Strategist, Wikimedia Foundation
Questions / Topics
What should they discuss?
- What makes a collection of people a "community"?
- What does a healthy community look like?
- How has technology affected the potential of communities?
- What role does code/algorithm have in the function of an online community?
- Who has the power to decide what code is developed and deployed in our community?
- Who should decide?
- What's the potential of Wikipedia (and other Wiki/Open projects)?
- Where has that potential been actualized?
- Where are we missing opportunities?
- What role does self-reflection play in the function of an online community?
- How do/can virtual communities identify and solve emergent problems?
- What community structures support identifying and solving problems?