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Stephen Downes

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Dave Snoeden offers his take on the distinction I have styled as the one between groups and networks. He describes the distinction, as the title suggests, as one between aggregation and emergent identity, which very much accords with my thinking. He brings to this discussion the concept of the 'crew': "I think that starting to take the concept of crews into a wider organisational role would give us a new and highly functional capability that would exceed that of any current community. We already use them in military and medical environments amongst others so it's not that revolutionary an idea." I wonder whether this would correspond to what Terry Anderson is calling a 'collective'. I think I like the concept of the 'crew' a lot better than that of the 'team', though there is a lot of overlap.

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