showcasing arts based activity and ideas
I'd like to draw people's attention to a new paper by written Cathy Fitzgerald of this parish, and of art & ecology notebook. It's an essay Cathy has written as part of her PhD, into "the value and under-realised potential of online social networks that connect cultural practitioners and organisations who are responding to ecological concerns across the world."
And it couldn't be more timely.
Cathy's been a prime mover when it comes to creating arts and ecology networks in Ireland and internationally and her paper is well worth a read to remind us all the unfulfilled potential of these networks. Well, this network in particular. The RSA Arts & Ecology project reached its conclusion last year, which leaves this network waiting to find a new role. In practical terms, funding for this Ning site runs out at the end of next month, so it's time we put our heads together to work out what happens to this community. Ultimately of course, this is the RSA's site, so the decision's up to them, but I'm sure it would be useful for us to put our heads together about what we think the future for it could look like. Or not.
On a personal note, I set up this Ning what seems like a very long time ago, and haven't been able to spend much time on it recently, for which I apologise. It's clear that a good online community needs an active administrator if it's going to be be effective. Cathy's paper is a good way to start kickstart some of the thinking we need to do.
Is this a community we want to see move forward? Or are other communities now more effective in this area? If we do want to see it go forward, what shape do we see it taking, and how, practically, can we administer it? I've set up a really bog standard poll in the left hand column of the home page... it would be interesting to see what people think at the most basic level. Should we stay or should we go?