Inspired by this blog post

What do we mean by "Slow Community?"
  • A community that does not only place value on rapid response and participation, which can continue to exist even if the pace of passing messages/signals slows down...
  • A community that is aware of/reflects upon its own processes in order to ... learn? Enjoy?
  • Some sense of quality, not just quantity of participation (how do we define quality?)
  • This is more than "information overload, right?
  • (DP) What do we mean by "Community"?
    • A group of people who interact around some shared issue over time - NW

(DP) What are some emerging examples of "Slow Communities"?
  • Success stories (even modest ones)
  • "Fast community" war stories -- showing consequence of going too fast: focus on problems not opportunities, jumping to solutions, not taking responsibility, defeatism, blame game, dependency on community 'leaders', anger and fear not reason, lack of community cohesion

What are community indicators of a "slow community?" How is it different from a barely-alive community or a "much too speedy" community? :-)
  • Time for connection and relationship
  • Time for reflection, self awareness (individual and community) and learning
  • Is it less, or slower? Simpler, or simply slower?
  • A community that stops and "notices" what is actaully happening in the moment
  • Present and aware ... NOT too future focused (cause its unpredictable anyway) and looks backward to learn from mistakes and success stories
  • Is there something here about left brain/right brain shifts or integration?

What are the challenges of a "slow community?"
  • Moving quickly enough to ensure sustainability without becoming "too fast" or "barely-alive"?
  • Successful Slow communities attract and lot of attention and funding ... they can get placed on a pedestal ... this adds to the pressure to get "outcomes" and more success (Geoff Brown)

What might a "Slow Community Movement" look like?
  • Sharing practices to encourage reflection (from a participant/facilitator perspective)
  • Looking at the bridges between online and offline in the health of a community
  • Tools that help people manage their multi-membership in a number of communities
  • Tools that give us an experience of simple to use
  • Time to look and think deeper -- innovation, creativity
  • Be deeply connected to what you are acting with/upon (David Levy's story about Barbara McClintock, the geneticist)

What might trigger the desire for a slower community?
  • Pressures of multi-membership
  • Multiple technology/platform options
    • the self propelling nature of technology - "driving quality of the technology" - David Levy, University of Washington Information School
  • Multiple identities (or expressions of our identity as individuals and as communities)
  • Would slow community only be relevant to certain types of communities and not others? Would businesses want any of their communities to "slow down?"
    • Is it just a "lifestyle thing"
    • To assist in the transition from a carbon economy to one driven by renewables (Geoff Brown)

What might be design elements or patterns of slow communities?

What are our personal choices around slow community?

Other mentions of slow community

What my fast Twitter community said about Slow Community

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