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Submissions/Wikipedia Controlling Instincts

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
Wikipedia Controlling Instincts
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Anas Eljamal
E-mail address
Country of origin
Lebanon, Canada
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

According to Toffler, civilization has progressed through 3 waves: from agrarian, industrial then information age. Each wave brought with it its own values, stereotypes, and controlling instincts. In this presentation, I will outline how the Wikipedia is extending the information age controlling instincts into new areas not yet classified nor researched. This presentation will be divided into three parts:

  1. What are the Wikipedian controlling instincts: Working with Wikipedia specifically, and open knowledge in general, requires a new specific set of controlling instincts that is emerging and impacting the knowledge society. This section will list some of these instincts then map them against agrarian and industrial controlling instincts that still prevail in our subconscious. For example, how the concepts of time, money, collaboration and history are interpreted by individual from different paradigms. Based on time of the presentation, I could demonstrate at least 20 different insticts and how they create tension in a Wikipedian culture. In addition, I will show how some of these instincts creates personal tensions that prevent individuals from certain societies or cultures to be an effective Wikipedian.
  2. How to promote Wikipedian Controlling Instincts: In this section, I will highlight training and learning techniques that could be applied to promote Wikipedian controlling instincts. The main focus will be applications to individuals with agrarian controlling instincts, like the people of the Middle East. The proposed methodologies will focus on adaptive experiential learning techniques that could be applied as part of Wiki contribution habits.
  3. The impact on societies: In this section, I will demonstrate how these instincts are applied outside Wikipedia with examples that shows the reasons for its success or or failure in political endeavors, like the Arabian Spring Uprising and the recent global recession. It will go further to show that these instincts are creating a new learning paradigm that runs in parallel to traditional education creating a new type of learning community of practice on a global level.

In parallel, I will be ready to offer some workshops related to the topic.

WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education
Length of presentation/talk
45 Minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special request as to time of presentations
No restrictions.

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