LIFT08LIFT08 is happening this coming week in Geneva, it’s concept is very similar to the one we tried to accomplish in SHiFT (which we hope to deliver yet again this year – three full days of workshops, talks, social activities and discussions to get a look at the most important technological trends and meet the people behind them.

After almost didn’t make it this year (time constraints and in the end Patrícia not being able to come along), in the end I’ll be in Geneva to take part of this amazing event and I’ve even proposed an an experimental workshop on Online Community Design Patterns.

3D Doctor by Geaux TigerThis workshop is the evolution from my “Conversational Design presentation“, that I presented last november at the Web2Expo in Berlin . Back in November I tried to squeeze a lot of information in a 50 minute presentation and although the feedback was more than positive, the fact was that I had to leave quite a lot out. The initial presentation aimed to be more practical than theoretical, so in a sense the move to a workshop makes more sense, workshops enable participation and sharing, so in the end we’ll manage to hear, learn and test a lot more than my ideas on this subject.

I envisioned the workshop program into a two part program, a presentation introducing:

  • Social Web and Online Communities
  • Conversational Patterns: Conversation Maxims on online environments
  • Online Communities Patterns: Community Support Patterns and Group Support Patterns

and some group work involving all the participants (analyzing existing online communities of choice according to the materials presented before).
Group Member by Geaux Tiger in Flickr

In the end the groups will share their findings with the remaining groups and I hope we managed to learn and share a bit more about what makes an online community thrive or die.

As side note about the workshop materials, I’ll publish them here after the workshop takes place. (yes.. as usual I’m still working on them) 😉