DRAFT, updated: May 18, 2004
A Pattern Language for Living Communication
I. Global Views
Humankind inhabits a world in which information and communication play key roles. The first set of patterns addresses these key roles, particularly those related to civic society in holistic overarching ways.
II. Big Issues
Behind any work in this arena is a host of "big issues" that must be addressed and acknowledged -- but never ignored. These patterns are less "global" than the ones above.
III. Policies We Can Live With
Policies help guide how information and communication systems are envisioned, designed, developed, deployed, used, and paid for.
IV. Media Literacy
How do people "read" the media and the media systems that produce them? Perhaps more importantly, how do people "read between the lines?" How do people "talk back" to media that goes in one direction only.
V. Humanizing Information and Communication Systems
This section describes the work that people are doing to make information and communication systems responsive to human needs.
VI. Convivial Technology
Although technology can be inhospitable to humans, it is possible to develop technology that is supportive of human values and aspirations. The patterns in this section all offer insights as to how information and communication can be made more supportive of human needs.
Accessibility is critical to citizens if they are to play a role in the network society. Accessibility is a multidimensional concept and lack of access at any dimension can prevent access. Lack of accessibility can result from geography, language, literacy, economic or other barriers and the patterns here will address these issues. This pattern grouping may also be the place where patterns dealing with communication during emergencies belong.
VIII. Opposition Media
Sometimes situations become perilous and the role of independent media is threatened and, at the same time, more indispensable. In Serbia during Milosevics reign, Veran Matic, Slobodan Kadic (sp?), and others kept B92 radio (and other media projects) operational in the face of erratic brutality. Even where information and communication is less dangerous, there are important roles for media that challenge the status quo.
IX. Working Together
No project or campaign will be successful without cooperation. The patterns here provide insights on how people can work together effectively.
X. On the Front Lines
Maintaining information and communication systems in spite of "normal" impediments such as budget shortfalls, bureaucracy, arguments, and apathy -- must carry on every day. Those patterns show how.
XI. Become the Media
At a basic level people must engage in the media environment in an authentic way every day. Only then will the media become a living and energetic and useful compliment to the task of liberating humankind and building a future that works for all of us.
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Created before October 2004
Created before October 2004