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2010-05-11 We Are The Network: Parallels in Physical and Virtual Community Development

May 9th, 2010

Parallels in Real and Virtual Community Development

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This Week’s Topic

Parallels in Physical and Online Virtual Community Development

The development and character of communities in both physical and online environments are affected by a variety of design decisions. Some decisions affect whether the community “takes hold” as well as its growth rate, while others affect the character, level of engagement and social behavior of the community. How are community design and development decisions similar in physical and online environments, and how are they different? What can these design decisions accomplish, and what needs to be accomplished in other ways? What can physical and online/virtual community designers learn from each other?

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Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

How Cul-de-Sacs are Killing Your Community

The Unintended Consequences of Cul-de-Sacs (Harvard Business Review)

Designing Active Communities (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota)

Five Ways to Increase Engagement and Build Community with Social Media (Mack Collier)

Connectivity Does Not Ensure Community

The Impact of Community Design and Land-Use Choices on Public Health: A Scientific Research Agenda

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