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Lisa Tolliver

Virtual communities: What, who, when, where, how, why and...why not?

Virtual communities: What, who, when, where, how, why and...why not?
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Published by Presented at L. Tom Perry Special Collections Omnibus Lecture Series, BYU in Provo, UT
August 4, 2005
ABSTRACT: The introduction and explosive popularity of the Internet and World Wide Web over the last several decades have given rise to a parallel phenomenon: the rapidly expanding use and sophistication of "virtual communities." These communities of interest, in which people collaborate, learn, converse, share information, conduct transactions and even engage in recreational activities, change management and advocacy , often span organizational and geographic boundaries and can build and transform relationships among their members and external stakeholders. Moreover, some virtual communities have been proven to yield widespread and long-lasting effects. This multimedia presentation will define and illustrate examples of virtual communities, their applications in various arenas (e.g., distance learning, professional and community collaborations and team building, service delivery, philanthropy and the arts), useful tools and features, and the positive outcomes that virtual communities can generate. The presentation will also address the importance of creating an appropriate physical infrastructure, socio-cultural environment, and schedule of stimuli for member interaction within any given community and key success factors for optimizing effective participation and outcomes. Special emphasis will be given to virtual communities for cultural documentation and philanthropy. Presented at L. Tom Perry Special Collections Omnibus Lecture Series at BYU, Provo, UT ABSTRACT: The introduction and explosive popularity of the Internet and World Wide Web over the last several decades have given rise to a parallel phenomenon: the rapidly expanding use and sophistication of "virtual communities." These communities of interest, in which people collaborate, learn, converse, share information, conduct transactions and even engage in recreational activities, change management and advocacy , often span organizational and geographic boundaries and can build and transform relationships among their members and external stakeholders. Moreover, some virtual communities have been proven to yield widespread and long-lasting effects. This multimedia presentation will define and illustrate examples of virtual communities, their applications in various arenas (e.g., distance learning, professional and community collaborations and team building, service delivery, philanthropy and the arts), useful tools and features, and the positive outcomes that virtual communities can generate. The presentation will also address the importance of creating an appropriate physical infrastructure, socio-cultural environment, and schedule of stimuli for member interaction within any given community and key success factors for optimizing effective participation and outcomes. Special emphasis will be given to virtual communities for cultural documentation and philanthropy. CONTRIBUTORS: Lisa Powell - co-presented: "The Five Stages of Group Development." Dr. Guha Shankar - provided: a photographic slideshow.
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