Significance: Don Tapscott’s taxonomy of multi-stakeholder networks helps to understand the complex landscape of solution partners in your work as a living bridge.
Context: Huge gathering of geeks
Today I listened to the insights of the wellknown futurist thinker and author Don Tapscott at the Campus Party Europe (#CPeurope), a gathering that happened first time in Berlin, at a huge old airport hangar, attracting thousands of “campuseros” (hackers, developers, gamers and geeks) around Europe. The concept of Campus Party has been created by four friends in Malaga, Spain, which were “united by their passion for new technologies and wanted to create a space where others with the same interests could come together”. The organization started with 250 and “now has offices in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Germany and the United States“. (more). Remind the Margaret Mead quote:
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead, US anthropologist (1901 – 1978)
Don Tapscott’s taxonomy of multi-stakeholder networks
The quote above surely is in the spirit of Don Tapscott, who since years is talking and writing about the impact of new technologies on society and business. “Living Bridges” typically use the new social and collaborative technologies extensively and they can get some inspiration from the Tapscott stance on global challenges, transparency, openness and the potential of mass collaboration. The special thing I want to point you to is Don Tapscott’s enlightening taxonomy of multi-stakeholder networks. I recommend you to view the slides (which are from a different event).
You find good examples of these nine types in the slideshare presentation. It is interesting to conceive the emerging Living Bridges Network as an instance of “7. Platforms” = “Some networks seek to provide platforms for other networks to organize.” – isn’t that, what we do here and in the facebook group? So we are in the nice neighborhood of Ushahidi. Discuss if your choice is different. Comment is free.