This Action Research seeks to implement collaborative learning technologies for humanitarian objectives among a geographically dispersed community of practice.  Specifically, the movement aims to foster education, empower women, protect the environment and expand social services in Pandytown on the Bay Islands of Honduras.

The Research Question:

How can I optimize collaborative learning technologies and engage social entrepreneurship among my geographically distributed community of practice?

September 2009/CYCLE ONE:  Identify Changemakers

Our projects in Pandytown, Honduras were very specific.  However, our individual roles and responsibilities were nebulous at best.  As an informal research activity we established a booth at the 3rd Annual Community Service Fair hosted by Oaks Christian High School in Thousand Oaks, CA.  Through this event we were able to establish roles for Pandytown Youth Ambassadors who possessed a natural talent and passion to communicate the need for social change.  Furthermore, we were able to establish a core list of interested associates, colleagues, peers and friends.

December 2009/CYCLE TWO: Unite Team members As our social network grew, we needed a centralized technology that could facilitate communication, enhance collaboration and archive our collective history.  For this purpose we created an outward facing, PHP-based, video-blog.  Coupled with a simple Facebook group that quickly grew to include nearly 500 members our resources could now be mobilized at a moment’s notice.

May 2010/CYCLE THREE:  Engage community

The question was posed as an experiment in phenomenology, “How can an online community help empower a real community?”  Our social projects in Pandytown included equipping the Youth Center with computers & internet, beginning a micro-enterprise business for local women and finishing construction on the freshwater well.  Anyone who donated $50 dollars for these causes was automatically entered in our contest to win the Pandytown Pendant, valued at $12,500.  This material incentive delved into mechanics of social entrepreneurship.  This experiential knowledge would be important for the next phase of setting up a micro-enterprise business for local women on Roatan.

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