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Liberating Voices free pdf In recent decades we have witnessed the creation of a communication system that promises unparalleled connectedness. And yet the optimistic dreams of Internet-enabled engagement and empowerment have faded in the face of widespread Internet commercialization. In "Liberating Voices", Douglas Schuler urges us to unleash our collective creativity - social as well as technological - and develop the communication systems that are truly needed.Inspired by the vision and framework outlined in Christopher Alexander's classic 1977 book, "A Pattern Language", Schuler presents a pattern language containing 136 patterns designed to meet these challenges. Using this approach, Schuler proposes a new model of social change that integrates theory and practice by showing how information and communication (whether face-to-face, broadcast, or Internet-based) can be used to address urgent social and environmental problems collaboratively.Each of the patterns that form the pattern language (which was developed collaboratively with nearly 100 contributors) is presented consistently- each describes a problem and its context, a discussion, and a solution. The pattern language begins with the most general patterns ("Theory") and proceeds to the most specific ("Tactics"). Each pattern is a template for research as well as action and is linked to other patterns, thus forming a single coherent whole. Readers will find "Liberating Voices" an intriguing and informative catalog of contemporary intellectual, social, and technological innovations, a practical manual for citizen activism, and a compelling manifesto for creating a more intelligent, sustainable, and equitable world.

About Douglas Schuler

Douglas Schuler is a member of the faculty at The Evergreen State College, former Chair of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR), and a founding member of the Seattle Community Network (SCN). He is coeditor of several books, including Shaping the Network Society: The New Role of Civic Society in Cyberspace (MIT Press, 2004) and the author of New Community Networks: Wired for Change.

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Author : Douglas Schuler
Publisher : MIT Press
Data Published : 30 January 2009
ISBN : 0262693666
EAN : 9780262693660
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 604 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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