New book: Acción comunitaria en la red (Community Action in the Net)

“Acción comunitaria en la red” is a new book co-authored by Francesc Balagué and Ismael Peña-López (an ICT4D researcher and lecturer whose work I have enjoyed following over the last few years – more below).

About the book

Español: La rápida adopción de las tecnologías de la información y la comunicación, en todos los entornos sociales, ha comportado que las interacciones entre grupos dejen de circunscribirse en un espacio y tiempo determinados para tener lugar en cualquier parte y a cualquier hora. Presenta, pues, este libro una selección de casos que ilustran el uso de la red en contextos de interacción grupal. Veremos en ellos, por ejemplo, cómo la red permite poner en contacto a familiares de niños y niñas con enfermedades crónicas; veremos compartir experiencias y formación en una administración pública; o a una madre de un bebé en lactancia participando cómodamente desde su casa en un pleno del ayuntamiento junto con otros ciudadanos. Se trata de un libro que invita a trasponer a nuestro propio caso la experiencia de quienes nos precedieron en el arte de la acción comunitaria.

English: The rapid adoption of information technology and communication in all social environments, has meant that the interactions between groups are no longer confined by space and time to take place anywhere, anytime. Thus presents this book a selection of cases that illustrate the use of the network in the context of group interaction. We will see in them, for example, how the network allows to connect families of children with chronic diseases, we will share experiences and training in public administration, or a mother nursing a baby comfortably from home participating in a full council along with other citizens. This is a book that invites you to transpose our own case experience of our predecessors in the art of community action. [source]

Details from the ICTlogy Blog:

The full book has been written by 15 authors and presents 8 case studies that depict and analyse how a specific community used the Internet and its different tools and platforms to share information, communicate amongst them, organize themselves and coordinate actions in order to achieve their particular goals. The structure of the chapters analysing the cases was totally free, but some relevant questions had to be answered somehow:

  • What were the history, motivations, goals of the community?
  • What led the community to use the Internet? How was the community articulated digitally? what provided the Internet that could not be found offline?
  • How was the process of adoption of digital technologies, what tools and why?
  • What happened to the sense of membership, identity, participation?
  • What was the role of the mediator, facilitator, leader and how does it compare with an offline leadership?
  • Is self-regulation possible? How was conflict handled?
  • How is digital knowledge, experiences and learning “brought back” to the offline daily life and put into practice?

The cases are preceded by two introductory chapters, a first one on the social web and virtual participation, and a second on digital skills, as we thought some common background would help the reader to better understand some digital practices (and jargon). The book closes with what we, both authors, learnt during the preparation of the book and from reading other people’s chapters. This concluding chapter can be used too as a guideline for the preceding cases.

Table of contents

From the official page of the book Acción comunitaria en la red at Editorial Graó.

  1. Introduction, Francesc BalaguéIsmael Peña-López.
  2. What is the Web 2.0? New forms of participation and interaction. Francesc Balagué.
  3. Brief introduction to digital skills. Ismael Peña-López.
  4. APTIC. A social networking site for relativos of boys and girls with chronic diseases and conditions. Manuel Armayones, Beni Gómez Zúñiga, Eulàlia Hernández, Noemí Guillamón.
  5. School building: new communities. Berta Baquer, Beatriu Busquets.
  6. Social networking sites in education. Gregorio Toribio.
  7. Networked creation and the Wikipedia community. Enric Senabre Hidalgo.
  8. Social networking sites in the Administration: the Compartim programme on collaborative work. Jesús Martínez Marín
  9. Local politics, organizations and community. Ricard Espelt
  10. Towards cyberactivism from social movements. Núria AlonsoJordi Bonet.
  11. Mobile phones, virtual communities and cybercafes: technologicla uses of international immigrants. Isidro Maya Jariego
  12. Concluding remarks. Ismael Peña-LópezFrancesc Balagué

About the Authors

Francesc Balagué: [source]

Francesc Balagué es maestro de educación primaria y psicopedagogo. Doctor en Pedagogia por la Universidad de Barcelona, del programa Multimedia Educativa.

Siguiendo el modelo de investigación abierta o “open science” gran parte del proceso de elaboración de la tesis “Uso de los blogs como recurso de apoyo al proceso de enseñanza y aprendizaje en educación superior“, los referentes teóricos, etc. se fueron publicando desde el inicio en el blog www.blocdeblocs.net.

Posteriormente, junto con Felipe Zayas, publicaron el libro “Usos educatius dels blogs. Recursos, orientacions i expèriencies per a docents”

Después de un año intenso como coordinador del IV Congreso de la CiberSociedad su pasión por viajar y por seguir aprendiendo cada día, le han llevado a embarcarse en un viaje alrededor del mundo “puerta a puerta”, intentando siempre que sea posible, conectar con contactos dentro de su red de 6 grados de separacion, y a la vez conocer experiencias de uso de TICs en educación de todo el mundo. Rutabaobab.com es el blog que recoge todo el día a día de este proyecto personal.

Actualmente ha trabajado en el congreso Hybrid Days y organizando el II Simposio de Innovación Educativa INNED2, así como de formador en la Escuela de CiberEspiral.

Ismael Peña-López: [source]

I am Ismael Peña-López, professor at the School of Law and Political Science of the Open University of Catalonia, and researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute and the eLearn Center of that university.

I hold a PhD in the Information and Knowledge Society and I work in the field of Public Policies for Development, with a special focus on ICT (so, ICT4D, digital divide and so). This site, that began as a blog (now I call it personal research portal), is intended to share with all of you the knowledge I might have gathered the last years and the thoughts that might have arisen.

My research interests can be written, more or less, this way:

  • Digital Divide, e-Readiness, ICT4D
  • ICTs in development cooperation, nonprofit technology, online volunteering
  • e-Inclusion, digital capacitation
  • e-Learning, e-Portfolios
  • Open Access, Open Science, Access to Knowledge

Previous to this I was a founding member and former Director of the Cooperation for Development Programme at the University, which is how this whole thing began.

During those (almost) five years I was terribly seduced by Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) and little by little I started to shift to more academic issues: directing and giving courses, directing institutional technology transfer projects internationally, and some diffusion, innovation and research projects.

I invite you to spend some time perusing Ismael’s excellent research portal at ICTlogy.net.

More information about “Acción comunitaria en la red” can be found here.