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Jack Park jackpark at gmail.com
Fri Dec 10 21:29:49 EST 2010

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   Welcome to *The Newsgraph* – our new community newsletter...

Dear Jack

This is the first issue of The Newsgraph, the fortnightly newsletter for
those who have joined the Debategraph community. Please click the
unsubscribe link at the bottom of the page if you don't wish to receive any
further issues.

*Debategraph* is growing rapidly (with 20+ million page views this year and
a graph of over 85,000  ideas), and the newsletter is intended to become a
community curated way for *Debategraphers* share information about their
projects and build their map communities.

To facilitate this we have created a special *Debategraph *map – the newsletter
where you can comment on items in the newsletter and suggest and submit your
own items for the next newsletter.

You can also join me for the launch of a long-term project that I have
termed – a bit portentously – the Civilization Project<#12cd1d0da246f389_civp>

*Contestable advocacy – and the web of reason*

Our goal with *Debategraph* is to create a place on the web where reasoned
discourse, civility and respect for alternative viewpoints are the norm.
However, this doesn't mean that the discussion has to be anodyne. We welcome
the clear and forthright – indeed provocative –  statements of strongly held
viewpoints provided they are backed by argumentation free of abuse or *ad
hominem *attacks.

Indeed we plan to encourage this type of expression. Starting with the next
edition the right-hand column of the newsletter will contain a section
called Balloons (as in the spheres that background ideas in our flash views)
where you can make a controversial claim - provided you make your reasoning
transparent in a *Debategraph *map so that it can be disputed by others. We
hope this evolves into a new form of blogging - let's call it* contestable

*Peter Baldwin<http://debategraph.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8bca56614e93f94790a92b74f&id=119245df51&e=bbc3775e91>,


*New features - the Big List*
In recent months months we have added a multitude of new features to *
Debategraph* –everything from new visualizations, a social and community
building layer, simultaneous multi-user interaction, and multiple language
support. *Read more»<http://debategraph.us1.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=8bca56614e93f94790a92b74f&id=2b3691ba0a&e=bbc3775e91>

*Debategraph visualizations explained*
*Debategraph* uses an interwoven set of visualizations of debate maps and
the overarching 'graph' of interrelated debates. The complementary
visualizations reflect the need to combine concise, local argument mapping
with easy and intuitive navigation around the large scale graph. For a guide
to the different visualizations...  *Read

*Facilitating online meetings*
*Debategraph *is being used to facilitate online meetings and deliberation
between groups dispersed around the world. New features to support this
activity include a multi-time zone scheduling tool and the ability to 'hail'
(chat) live with others working on the same map. *Read

Project announcements

*The Civilization Project   *Convenor: Peter Baldwin
Nobody doubts that the world will undergo seismic changes over the coming
decades – a shift in the global balance of economic power, technological
changes so profound as to potentially change human nature itself,
unprecedentedly large movements of people across national frontiers and
environmental challenges that humanity is only starting to get to grips

What will these changes mean for human civilization? Do we - as Samuel
Huntington has argued - face the prospect of a clash of
These are, to put it mildly, large issues. Can using a tool like *Debategraph
*help to elucidate them? I think it is worth testing the hypothesis -
especially as *Debategraph* is designed to build not just individual debate
maps but large interrelated map clusters - just what is needed for something
like this. I have just created a home map
the project where I expand on these points.

Please click if you would like to participate or to follow the project or if
you have any questions<http://debategraph.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=8bca56614e93f94790a92b74f&id=be2dcdc282&e=bbc3775e91>
 *In this edition*


New features: the big
Visualizations explained»<http://debategraph.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8bca56614e93f94790a92b74f&id=bda6d47bdf&e=bbc3775e91>
Global meetings»<http://debategraph.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8bca56614e93f94790a92b74f&id=3e2fccff0f&e=bbc3775e91>

Project announcements

Civilization Project» <#12cd1d0da246f389_civp>


[image: Best web sites for teaching and learning]

The American Association of School Librarians names Debategraph one of the Best
Websites for Teaching and Learning
alongside, Creative Commons, Prezi and Evernote.


Did you know that you can embed and share maps in

Your Home map<http://debategraph.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8bca56614e93f94790a92b74f&id=890fc5e75b&e=bbc3775e91>
the maps you create, collates your activity stream, and is your About me
page on *Debategraph*.

*Spotlight on*

Have you seen the new
Startup Visa<http://debategraph.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8bca56614e93f94790a92b74f&id=a5616cf821&e=bbc3775e91>

*Coming soon... Balloons!*

Starting with the next edition this space will be devoted to strong -
possibly provocative - statements of position on your choice of contentious
issues. Such statements must be supported by mapped argumentation open to
others to dispute.
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