I recently wrote an article about “facilitating the experience of belonging in web-based communities” and it was published in late 2011 as part of the fall edition of the Journal of Globalization for the Common Good hosted by the Center for Global Studies at Purdue University Calumet and edited by Dr. Yahya Kamalipour and Dr. Kamran Mofid. This paper was also part of a presentation at the “World Public Forum – Dialogue of Civilizations” that took place in Rhodes, Greece in 2011.
The article was written to help people think about some of the important dynamics that tend to support strong online communities. While online communities continue to evolve in new ways, it is important to also consider some literature that exists outside the realm of technology. This article attempts to bridge some similarities between virtual online communities and real-world physical communities, particularly the cultivation of a sense of belonging among community members.
The full text of the article is available online at the official Journal of Globalization for the Common Good website – http://lass.calumet.purdue.edu/cca/jgcg/2011/jgcg-2011-kosovich.htm