Conclusion

Conclusion

Sylvie Albert (Laurentian University, Canada), Don Flournoy (Ohio University, USA) and Rolland LeBrasseur (Laurentian University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-771-3.ch011
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Abstract

A new set of conditions for healthy growth and adaptation is emerging for 21st century communities. This book has sought to explain what some of these conditions are, and to advise forward-thinking community leaders and stakeholders about how to take advantage of broadband bi-directional telecommunications to assure a better future for all. The high-speed Internet has given individuals, institutions and businesses ways to more efficiently connect and collaborate with one another, locally and globally. With pervasive digital networks in place, the economics of access, innovation and distribution have undergone radical transformation. The costs continue to drop throughout the value chain of products and services. The instruments of digital product, service and content creation that only a century ago were in the hands of governments, and only a decade ago were in the hands of big business, are now in the hands of local entrepreneurs and citizens as well. Anyone with a personal computer can now be a publisher, and anyone with an Internet connection can be a producer, marketer and distributor. Ordinary citizens who once thought of themselves only as consumers of other people’s products can now create their own content and build applications that can be—and are being—sold and adopted globally as well as locally. The democratization of the tools of content and service production and the collaborative networks that make information exchange more efficient and productive allow for more prosperous communities.

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Preface
Sylvie Albert, Don Flournoy, Rolland LeBrasseur
Chapter 1
The Network Society  (pages 1-34)
Sylvie Albert, Don Flournoy, Rolland LeBrasseur
This book emphasizes the centrality of the human condition—those things that make individuals and communities uniquely human—in our vision of the... Sample PDF
The Network Society
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Chapter 2
Sylvie Albert, Don Flournoy, Rolland LeBrasseur
This chapter pursues the following themes: • The extent to which telecommunications technology can serve as a platform for economic and social... Sample PDF
The Technological Basis of Networking
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Chapter 3
Sylvie Albert, Don Flournoy, Rolland LeBrasseur
This chapter examines the following ideas on regulation and public policy: • Information societies are enabled by regulations and public policies... Sample PDF
Regulation and Policy Reforms
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Chapter 4
Knowledge Workforce  (pages 104-128)
Sylvie Albert, Don Flournoy, Rolland LeBrasseur
This chapter focuses on knowledge workers—who they are and what they do, and the impact they have on organisations and communities in the Network... Sample PDF
Knowledge Workforce
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Chapter 5
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Chapters I to IV have introduced the networked community and described its environment in terms of the Network Society, technology... Sample PDF
Creating Applications and a Culture of Using
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Chapter 6
Sylvie Albert, Don Flournoy, Rolland LeBrasseur
The global environment has become more turbulent, and innovations in telecommunication and information processing are both part of this turbulence... Sample PDF
Innovation: Creating Ideas
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Chapter 7
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The transformational changes brought about by the Internet stimulate the planning of social and economic development in networked communities. This... Sample PDF
Strategies for Community Development
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Chapter 8
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This chapter on citizen empowerment and public participation explores the following ideas and assumptions: • Internet collaboration and creation... Sample PDF
Citizen Empowerment and Participation
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Chapter 9
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This chapter discusses several basic elements of leadership and collaboration in building networked communities. It includes: • The context for... Sample PDF
Leadership and Collaboration
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Chapter 10
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This chapter introduces the concept of marketing and explores its relevance for networked communities. The specific topics include: • An... Sample PDF
Promotion and Relationship Marketing
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Chapter 11
Conclusion  (pages 303-311)
Sylvie Albert, Don Flournoy, Rolland LeBrasseur
A new set of conditions for healthy growth and adaptation is emerging for 21st century communities. This book has sought to explain what some of... Sample PDF
Conclusion
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