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I had the pleasure of reviewing Action Research and New Media (Hearn, G., Tacchi, J., Foth, M., & Lennie, J., 2009) and found it to provide a timely discussion of how action research methodology can be integrated into the exploration, development, and application of today’s new media. I found this text to be both relevant to my own research interests around(More)
From the participatory action research we have conducted in two rural communities in Australia we suggest six factors that assist in achieving sustainability for ICT initiatives undertaken in pursuit of regional development. They include: • Clearly specified sustainability goals; • Leveraging micro-business enterprise development off government funded(More)
Urbanely nomadic residents are increasingly forgoing the potential of locale based serendipitous encounters in favour of digitally mediated interactions within their walled garden of existing social networks. This limits a sense of community in urban neighbourhoods to members of one's social network, but what of interactions with those outside of these(More)
The majority of the world’s citizens now live in cities. Although urban planning can thus be thought of as a field with significant ramifications on the human condition, many practitioners feel that it has reached the crossroads in thought leadership between traditional practice and a new, more participatory and open approach. Conventional ways to engage(More)
Some commentators question the meaningfulness of the term knowledge economy: in what sense is the dependence on knowledge unique to the current era? It could be argued that societies have always depended on knowledge to build their economies, and that the current era is no different in this regard. However, there are four features of modern economies that(More)
In this response the statistical contours of the so-called knowledge economy are first described. This description does not constitute a capitulation to the hyperbole of those who see the dawning of a utopia in the knowledge era. Rather it merely provides a context to introduce the contributors to this theme and their analyses of the social and cultural(More)
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