Social Networking Tools for Knowledge-Based Action Groups

Computational Social Networks - Part 2: Tools, Perspectives and Applications, (eds) Abraham, A., Hassanien, A.-E. Springer-Verlag, London, pp. 227-255, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4471-4048-1_9

30 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2012 Last revised: 13 Jul 2014

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William P. Hall

University of Melbourne - Melbourne School of Engineering; Kororoit Institute

Susu Nousala

Aalto University; University of Melbourne

Russell Best

Victoria University - Victoria University of Technology

Siddharth Nair

Kororoit Institute Proponents and Supporters Assoc., Inc

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Urban bureaucrats are often overburdened, with limited time and little genuine knowledge relating to decisions they must make within their briefs that impact community members. Consequently, bureaucrats often work at what Herbert Simon called the bounds of their rationality. Community groups concerned with particular issues may emerge that have issue-related local knowledge; and probably also the time and effort to share and assemble such knowledge into practical and informative group proposals. This chapter considers knowledge-based roles and dynamics of community groups, looks at revolutionary socio-technical capabilities able to support and extend group aims effectiveness, and presents a template based on social computing technologies to demonstrate how the technology can be deployed. Properly used, the tools can connect bureaucrats with the power to decide and act with the local knowledge and motivation to make rational decisions about allocation of resources, etc. to deal with various kinds of situations. The template developed for this project demonstrates capabilities of the cloud computing tools.

Keywords: Sociotechnical Systems, Community action, networking, knowledge management, computer applications, bounded rationalilty, evolutionary epistemology, autopoiesis, emergence

JEL Classification: D23

Suggested Citation

Hall, William P. and Nousala, Susu and Best, Russell and Nair, Siddharth, Social Networking Tools for Knowledge-Based Action Groups (2012). Computational Social Networks - Part 2: Tools, Perspectives and Applications, (eds) Abraham, A., Hassanien, A.-E. Springer-Verlag, London, pp. 227-255, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4471-4048-1_9, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2105632

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Russell Best

Victoria University - Victoria University of Technology ( email )

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Siddharth Nair

Kororoit Institute Proponents and Supporters Assoc., Inc ( email )

127 Power Street
St Albans, Vic. 3021
Australia

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