Kindness of the right question

January 16, 2007

Here’s a moment that I haven’t forgotten: when Patricia, Beverly and I presented our paper the afternoon following that stressful workshop, our nerves were rather frayed, to say the least.  I was tempted to think that the main focus of the Prato Conference on Community Informatics was a kind of defensive, narrowing, and combatitive learning. During the morning it seemed like a big challenge to get “on the same page,” where  we could actually have a conversation.  But after we presented, Michael Gurstein asked us a question that was completely pertinent to our argument and it pointed toward a new conversation between the community informatics folks at the conference and the “community of practice” folks.  Wow.


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