Howard Rheingold has written an excellent case study of ds106 as an example of open and particpatory learning for the Connected Learning community. I’ve worked a bit with Howard this past year, and it’s an absolute joy to collaborate with him. He truly groks ds106, and he also deeply understand the value of a community is that it doesn’t center around any one thing or person, and this is sometimes what eludes folks when trying to either make sense of or, even more dangerously, explain ds106. It’s a distributed community that has many moving technical and corporeal parts, seasons, moods, and people. This case study does an unbelievable job of trying to do justice to as many of those complexities as possible.
I’m really greatly indebted to Howard for promoting the work so many of us have been doing with communities like ds106, Domain of One’s Own, and Reclaim Hosting. He’s a tireless creator with enough good energy to go around. He embodies one of the greatest single affordances of the web—broadcasting the honest celebration of the ideas, things and people he enjoys. Which, interestingly enough, is also at the heart of ds106, and which may explain some of the mutual attraction between that community and Howard. Anyway, this is jsut to say that I think he’s truly groovy. And when I say groovy, I mean Bruce Campbell GROOVY!