The State of Social Media, Eight years of Digital Pioneers in the Dutch public domain, is the title of a little book I made. The design is done with 590 screenshots of my desktop. The alternative page numbering are minutes of a desktop clock.
Since 2002, the Digital Pioneers programme (operated by the Knowledgeland think tank and made possible by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences) has made a considerable contribution to the development of the digital public domain in the Netherlands. The programme supported 211 pioneer projects with both financial backing and coaching. The maturation of the digital public domain in the Netherlands from niche to mainstream over the last two decades raises the question of what will happen next.
The urgency of this question and the premature discontinuation of the Digital Pioneers programme prompted the organization of the State of Social Media Summit in Amsterdam in October 2010. After eight years of pioneering with new possibilities in the field of technology and society (e.g. governance; immigration and integration; civil society journalism; and arts and culture), the movement was reassessed, and the next phase in the digitalization of civil society was visualized by the community of Digital Pioneers.
The State of Social Media is the product of conversations with pioneers before, during and after the Summit. This comprehensive publication provides insight into what has been accomplished thus far, as well as what needs to be done in order to meet the challenges ahead and reinforce digital civil society in the Netherlands in the near future. The State of Social Media visualizes the next decade of social innovation on the Internet and taps in to the experiences of the first generation of Digital Pioneers.