iCalendar Aggregation

Published on 12/19/2008 - Games and methodologies

Sharing resources, Communities / Networks, Games, ICTs, Networking, Web 2.0

Contributors: Yuwei Lin, Enrico Zini

a) Concept, practise, tool in which it is inspired upon
There are diverse ranges of knowledge and resources scattered on the Internet. And it would be helpful to aggregate and merge them to better information exchange and sharing. Good technological examples include: 1) Blog planet, a way of aggregating all the blogs written by people in the same network; 2) RSS Feed, a way of getting informed of new information if subscribed to the service. This game will show how such a thing is done in a social setting and related educational aspects.

b) Goals
• Creating a massive pool of resources by bringing together small individual ideas/things.
• Facilitating calendar information exchange.
• Identifying common interests and common ground.
• Learning how to keep participants interested in working with teams.

c) Operating instructions
1. Participants will be assigned a piece of paper and pen. They'll spend 5 minutes writing down more than three events they're going to do in the following month (e.g. going to cinema, going to gallery, theatre, demonstration etc.).
2. Participants are asked to demonstrate their schedules on a big blackboard. And then they'll mark those events they'd like to attend as well.
3. Then participants will be asked to find the peers with the interested schedules they've spotted, and group/merge their calendars together. Each individual can group their calendars with more than one group.
4. Once they identify their partners, each interest group will produce a large calendar aggregating together individual calendars. Eventually, there will be many big aggregated specialised calendars (e.g. film calendar, demonstration calendar, football match calendar etc.).

d) Pros
Learn to do plan schedules collectively, to identify common interests, to find partners to work with.

e) Risks / Things to improve
Good facilitators/instructors are needed in order to make sure the activity goes well and systematically. 
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