28.10.2010 at 13-13:45 I will facilitate a fabu* at konfabulaari with the title: Web Age Civil Society, hopefully there will be also a web stream.
During this fabu we will be product developers for the Web age civil society. What kind of future we would like to see for the civil society? We will set our horizon to the year 2027, when the Web is more or less the double in age than today.
Web, a wild teenager: On August 6, 1991, Berners-Lee posted a short summary of the World Wide Web project on the alt.hypertext newsgroup. This date marked the debut of the Web as a publicly available service on the Internet. The turning point in the popularity of the World Wide Web was the introduction of a graphical web browser Mosaic in January 1993 – just 17 years ago. [wikipedia]
Forms of participation and civic activity under construction: Civil society refers to the arena of voluntary collective action around shared interests, purposes and values. Civil society embraces a diversity of actors and institutional forms, for example NGOs, community groups, trade unions, self-help groups, social movements etc.
Political participation and traditional activity in civic associations is constantly declining, web has enabled new kind of activism (or is it just clictivism?), but how the civil society will evolve over time?
The impact of fast adoption and development of Web is just starting to show up – web is still in it’s youth while the civil society is old and doesn’t change over night. Future is hard to forecast, but on the other hand some people say that the future can be made.
The aim is to collaboratively produce (trough guided intensive brainstorming and organizing) one blog post which embodies our vision for the state of the civil society in year 2027.
We will process the ideas with flip charts, markers, post-its and collaborative web notes.* Fabu is a free form session. In this case it is 45 minutes, I expect to get around 10 participants and hopefully also a possibility for video stream.