the guardian weekend magazine has a huge feature on web 2.0 - the bigger bang. there is a main feature and then lots of interviews (link to them from the main feature page) with some of the leading lights of web 2.0 companies. it's a pretty good selection though you might have chosen a few others to add to the list. if you are wondering what web 2.0 is each of the interviews asks that question.
one of the things i do in my job is to try and give some sense of what's happening in culture because the church in mission must engage with it - ideally positively and incarnationally. several people in the blogosphere (me included) have been banging on about the significance of this stuff for a while now. i think many people see it as either an irrelevance or an indulgence, but this stuff is changing the way people (especially younger people but increasingly all of us) construct their lives and interact. i'll be photocopying this article/feature and giving it to many youth workers/church leaders/mission leaders. this is part of our context.
i uploaded a presentation earlier this year that i gave on communication. these are some of the questions i was suggesting we need to be thinking about. and just asking them shows up just how much lag there is in many churches practice and thinking...
can we imagine...
church beyond gathering?
church beyond once a week?
church as always on connectivity to christ and one another?
church where community is the content?
theology and resources of church being open source?
church valuing the wisdom of the crowd rather than the knowledge of the expert?
our church/spirituality being easily found by seekers because we tag it that way?
an ethos of low control and collaboration?
an economy of gift?
church as spaces for creative production and self publishing?
church as providers of resources for spiritual seekers and tourists?