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Supportive Communities. Presentation by Jonathan Gratch. Communities are. Social Networks Share Formal and Informal relationships Share common goals. Who are Communities for?. Supportive communities are available for almost any problem/ailment. From Medicine to Education to Chemistry

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Supportive communities

Supportive Communities

Presentation by

Jonathan Gratch

Communities are

Communities are . . .

  • Social Networks

  • Share Formal and Informal relationships

  • Share common goals

Who are communities for

Who are Communities for?

  • Supportive communities are available for almost any problem/ailment.

  • From Medicine to Education to Chemistry

  • (not just the addictive kind)

Members of a community

Members of a Community

  • All members of a community are invested in the development and completion of a specific set of goals.

Members of a community1

Members of a Community

  • Share identified,measurable goals

  • Share Accountability AND Responsibility toward aiding members in completing their goals

  • Agree to make adjustments on their work, based on review from member s of the community

Members of a community2

Members of a Community

  • Agree to share relevant human and economic resources

  • Effect permanent changes that’s support new work practices and furthers the goals of the community

The ultimate goal

The Ultimate Goal

The Ultimate goal of a supportive Community is Reform



  • For a group to function

    • Initiatives should be integrated from the start with increasing levels of progression

    • Leaders in each Community need to share in Goals and Objectives of the communities

    • Laggards/New comers must share Goals and Objectives to be achieved with the community

More stuff needed for functioning

More Stuff needed for Functioning

  • Quality of treatment and interaction of everyone is important

  • Leaders must aid Laggards!

  • Laggards must aid Leaders!

  • Transition from heavy support to greater independence of the individual is key.

What this all really means

What this all Really means:


Successful communities

Successful Communities

  • Successful Communities are

    • Self-Reproducing

    • Self evolving

    • Extend beyond (initial) formal professional and organizational structures

Successful communities1

Successful Communities

  • May not always share the same organizational structure of a larger professional institution

  • Example: In schools the principal is head, in a community group organization he/she may need a lot of help!

New comers

New Comers

  • By joining a group New Comers Gain access to communities professional Knowledgebase, tools and social norms through peripheral participation in authentic activates with other members

Established members and leaders

Established Members and Leaders

  • Established members and leaders bring:

    • new information,

    • practices and

    • technologies

Evolution of the group

Evolution of the Group

  • Newcomers, members, leaders bring new ideas into the group.

  • Discourse leads to adoption (or rejection) of new practices

  • Practice, over time, leads to evolution of new ideas within the group.

    (Schlager & Judith Fusco 2003)

Major problem

Major Problem

  • One Size Fits all Mentality

    • One Size Does not Fit all

      • Only Some . . .then again only the very few. .

    • Promotes stagnation within the community

      • Prevents development and implementation of new ideas.

    • Reduces Methods of enfranchising members of the group

All communities function within

All Communities function within:

  • Context! Context! Context!


  • Location! Location! Location!

  • Every individual is different!

  • Every community is different!

Professional groups

Professional Groups

  • Professional Groups are Supportive Communities

Supportive groups for technology in education

Supportive Groups for Technology in Education

  • Consortium for School Networking


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