Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Best present I could have wished for: a compliment

It has been a rough month. First, our NWO proposal got rejected, despite being rated 'good/excellent'. Annoying. Second, the article we'd sent in for a special issue to the journal 'Organization' got rejected. Okay, it had been a last minute thing, but still, it was disappointing not to have been granted the opportunity to develop it further. And then third, the article we had already been working on for a year, got rejected by Organization Studies, after waiting for over 6 months ago for the reviews. Not just annoying, not just disappointing, but incredibly frustrating and demotivating. When I read the letter this Sunday, I couldn't even think of a way to tweet how I felt about this, but it would have probably been something about a boxing match, three rounds, going down each time, you know... that kind of thing!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Hello twitter! From tool to 'affordance'

In the context of my research on the influence of (micro-)blogging on participatory development practices, I signed up to twitter several months ago, in order to follow a number of influential (micro-)bloggers. Personally, I perceived twitter as what I half-jokingly described to one research respondent as 'narcisitic babble'. In fact, blogger Ewen wrote a nice post on the ego-tripping potential embedded in social media, containing the memorable quote 'there's an I in twitter and a me in social media'! (see also Naaman et al., 2010). From this perspective, I really never thought it was worthwhile to 'tweet' myself.   
image from justinparks.com
Then one morning I attended a conference which was all about knowledge, change and engagement in development processes.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bringing the externalities back in...

A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to a new webshop, selling fair-trade, organic clothing. I really liked the selection, but the prices were double if not more than what you would find in an average retail store, and, at first glance, too far a stretch for my budget.

But it has been gnawing at my conscience ever since... because, while though the groceries I purchase for my family are 90% organic, fair-trade, animal-friendly etc., the economic 'recession' in our household (after a major renovation, so no complaints) has driven me to downscale my taste in clothing, towards the mainstream retailers. And these of course have to keep their prices down, somehow...

And it's that 'somehow' which concerns me.