Exploring Social Innovation in Norway: A Workshop on Mapping Innovation Ecosystems

[Reposted from BKC Medium Chanel] Innovation is at the core of social, cultural, economic, and technological change. At the most fundamental level, innovation can be understood as a process that involves the generation of new ideas, products, and services, and their adoption, implementation, and diffusion. Nearly all individuals — regardless of race, gender, age, and social class — have […]

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Open Data in Latin America: Promises, Challenges, and Opportunities

While corruption continues to be pervasive at all layers of society in Latin American countries, the region has become a leader in commitments to open data and open government. A combination of factors has created the appropriate climate among governments, civil society, and private sector, to introduce a series of recommendations, good practices, and strategies […]

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The World Wide Web as Social Media

The Internet is the most important socio-technological system that exists in the new networked communication environment. As a “network of networks” (Dutton, 1996) the Internet has expanded globally creating the biggest communication system of interconnected personal computers (the PC/Internet grid). Thanks to its open, distributed, and multidirectional architecture (Benkler 2006; Karaganis 2008) and its principle […]

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Building Peace during War: Civic Media and Memory Projects in Colombia

Expanding for more than 50 years, the Colombian armed conflict continues evolving in the 21st century. In several parts of the fragmented territory, guerrillas, paramilitary organizations, mafias (drug, emerald, and gold, and gasoline), and military forces have been fighting each other in a complex war logic that has normalized violence, weapons, and authoritarian ideologies. Meanwhile, […]

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Social Protests in Colombia: Farmers, Urban Youth and Digital Networked Media

The last two weeks of August in Colombia were pretty intense, unique, and inspiring in terms of social movements, media practices, and participation. The social protests of farmers (The Agriculture Strike or Paro Agrario) that began on August 19 in dispersed rural regions of the wide territory, slowly spread to the main cities and transformed […]

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Youth Cultures, Youth-Made Media, and Mainstream Media: A Brief History of Inextricable Relationships (Part 1).

The relationships between youth-made media and youth cultures and between youth-made media and mainstream media are diverse and inextricable. All of them occur inside the complex sociocultural and economical system of late capitalist and post-industrial societies. The relationships are historically and geographically specific, and have been in constant flux and transition during the second half […]

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