Virtual Worlds Paper: WordPress Has Some Awesome Tools…

Hey Everyone! Here is a copy of my paper on VWs if anyone is interested. I am using WordPress as a tool to convert to HTML.

            Every once in a while a new type of organization comes along and changes the way that the world works. In the past these have included guilds, schools, and corporations. Today the new type of organization is not tangible, but rather lies within the depths of our computer screen. The organization type that I am talking about is Continue reading

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Preliminary Instructions If You Are Doing a Wiki Article

Several of you say you plan to do a long wiki article for yoru final paper.

Here is what I want you to do.

1) Write it (complete with any relevnat photographs, tables, figures, and so on.  You probably want ot use word.

2) You will post it to two wikis, hopefully.  First, the NEW wiki I am tentativley calling “Organizations and Organizing.”  I hope to find a better title.  I also hope that this will eventually become a year to year resource for me and future students.   Wetpaint seems like a very user-friendly wiki.  Furthermore, it has export options, so eventually, I can migrate it if needed.  I drea, of a joomla site someday.

I did this today 9cut-n-paste from Word) with some basic formatting and it worked pretty well.

3) Second, the big enchilda, the mothership, the borg of collaborative knowledge, wikpedia.org.  THis can be a little trickier.  You will need an account.  I pasted from wetpaint (just text) with no problem.

  1. I embedded a link in the Manuel Castells article to mine using this syntax
  2. [[term]]  This created a new page in wikipedia that I could then edit.
  3. Wikipedia is pretty user friendly and has lots of help.  For reference notes, there is a button you push and then just type the text there.  When you save it it pushes the text down to the end of the article.

When you have posted your article, you better take a screen shot of your compter because lord knows how long it will last.

How do I turn in my paper?

1) Post it to Organizations adn Organizing.

2) Post it to wikipedia.org

3) Email me that you have posted it and include your screenshot!

ASK if you have questions.

We may update these instructions based on your experiences.

Final Paper- The Specialization of the Athletic Department

The topics of collegiate athletics always raise not only questions but also controversy. Collegiate Athletics have been one of the main focus points of several faculty/administrators meetings across the country, especially during these tough economic times.

So, let’s start from the beginning, collegiate athletics started in 1843, when Yale created a boat club, not much later Harvard created their boat club. (Is it by irony that the Ivy League actually started collegiate athletics??!!)   The creation of these organizations set the stage for the first intercollegiate sporting event in the U.S. This event took place in 1852, when the rowing team from Yale competed against the rowing team from Harvard at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH Lake Winnipesaukee (Wikipedia). That was the beginning and this race set off numerous colleges athletic organizations. Track, baseball and football were soon established as collegiate sports and the rest is history. Continue reading

Final Paper Using Wiki

Several of you are planning to do the long form wiki article for your final paper.

Here is the link for topics under Organization Theory on wikipedia (the big English one, en.wikipedia.org).

As you can see, there is plenty of room for you to add a whole article.

You will need an account.

You will want to edit in a reference in the main organization theory/studies page.

I am ALSO exploring the possibility of starting my own organization studies wiki since I have not found a dedicated one and I would like to capture what you all are doing. Then, you could double post your article, to wikipedia and to the new one.

I could use some help.  Anyone know a good wiki platform?  Have you all looked for dedicated org theory wikis?

Ashoka and Changemaker resources

Here are the links to what I used in class.

Youth Venture. Provides raw material for… (also here.)

Full Economic Citizenship as a goal or mission.

Needs a financial innovation.

The HVAC

More on HVAC.

An example of the HVAC in action in Mexico with small farmers.

Enjoy!

Bonus: History of the Internet as it relates to the Code 2.0 book we read.

Favela da Rocinha

Since the reading from this week’s class started with an entrepreneur in Brazil, I decided to write about the favelas in Brazil, but to use one in particular as a topic for my final paper; the  Favela da Rocinha.

Favelas are shanty towns and unfortunately are very common in Brazil. “Shanty towns are units of irregular self-constructed housing that are typically unlicensed and occupied illegally. They are usually on lands belonging to third parties, and are most often located on the urban periphery. Shanty town residences are built randomly, although ad hoc networks of stairways, sidewalks, and simple tracks allow passage through them. Most favelas are inaccessible by vehicle, due to their narrow and irregular streets and walkways and often steep inclines.(wikipedia)

The Rocinha saw its first occupants in 1930, when a large farm was divided into small pieces of land; its first inhabitants were farmers also and lived of the land, selling its produce at the weekly farmer’s market. Continue reading

Follow Up on “Soldiers Kill and Rape in Iraq”

Up front, let me just be clear.  I think our military forces are mostly well-intentioned people.  We ask much of them, often to do their best in support of policies or goals that change or that they may not completely agree to.

At the same time, I think any sober reading of war will show that in such circumstances, despite thorough training and intentions, atrocities occur.  How we accept and deal with such incidents is about us as a people and nation.

When I spoke up that such incidents have happened in Iraq, I was thinking of the high probability that they did.  I was also thinking of the Haditha massacre.  The details and resolution of Haditha are murky.  You will have to draw your own conclusions.

Here are some resources:

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