My first nominations for ars electronica “digital communities”

Here are my first 3 nominations as I’ve announced them on twiiter:

@prixars I nominate #nabuur.com for #communities because they make it easy to make a difference

NABUUR leverages the Internet to enable people around the world to connect and collaborate. Online volunteers are matched to and linked with local communities in developing countries through www.nabuur.com. The people living in the villages formulate projects to address local issues. Together, the community and volunteers find solutions. For volunteers, the focus is not on donating money, but on sharing knowledge, ideas and contacts. This novel approach leaves the initiative in the hands of the villages. NABUUR combines the best of the old (neighborly help) with the best of now (the internet).

@prixars I nominate #unibrennt #unsereuni for #communities because they really made an impact!!!!! Please keep on going!

What started out in Vienna last October quickly became a European education movement. By using web 2.0 tools and with a decentralized structured the students simply ignored authority’s way of agenda setting. The students became the ones setting the agenda and forcing the politicians to talk to them. A peaceful and very constructive discussion started …

@prixars I nominate #futurechallenges for #communities because they help to bridge the gap between science and public.

Mega trends are shaping the global agenda. Their impact is reaching far into our daily lives. We are gathering tons of information on each single trend, but we hardly know anything of how these trends interact, which interdependencies exist between them and what they will cause. Up until today science generates knowledge in a very exclusive way: research results are mainly discussed within closed “expert” communities far away and mostly untouched by a broader audience. Internet and social networks aren’t embraced by scientists. But we think science should become more public, and science should depend on public support. Science must inform the public. This is not a luxury, it’s an obligation! And further more we argue, that science should broad up the horizon of the own discipline. Why? Simply because of the complexity these challenges. They become perceptible not only on a global, but first
and foremost on a regional and local level and we need all we can muster to manage safe passage.
The “Future Challenges”-Team intends to overcome these limitations. the new internet-platform www.futurechallenges.org (launch beta; April 2010, 1.0 in summer 2010) aims to spread knowledge on global change and make it accessible for everybody. www.futurechallenges.org wants to foster the dialogue between experts and non-experts. Our aim is to empower people and institutions to discuss future challenges.

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