The (Mapping project) is an emerging outreach platform and facilitation tool which will serve to drive the community engagement efforts of CORA. This investigation pursues a measurement of the moment which exposes a collaborative agent – a plural subject – to the infinity of possibility that exists within a relationship only defined by the group proper. In preliminary investigations using established methods, it was discovered that agents’ movements within a virtual space showed a strong correlation with those same individuals’ embodied identities within “real space” and in their relation to others. The use of quantitative methods provides a unique approach for evaluation of collaborative praxis, and a perspective of movement from both the agent itself and the group as they work together. Collaborative engagement offers the opportunity to study the moment when all participants are only known as collaborators, or indistinguishable from the plural subject formed by praxis. Applications of this method have significant implications for the work of community organizing networks, in that it offers a multifaceted approach to the understanding and use of shared space.
CORA is a non-formal advocacy organization which seeks to collaborative training, facilitation, and virtual development opportunities to community-based change agents. CORA works toward the intended outcome of activating community energy toward common and productive social change. While currently in its formation the organization’s members and stakeholders have already developed relationships with local agents and foundations across diverse collaborative networks which will serve to facilitate its long-terms plans and goals.
The intended goals of CORA’s mapping project include: an evaluative process for looking at levels of collaboration between community stakeholders, expanded opportunities for digital literacy within least-advantaged communities, and an innovative look at mapping social issues from a networked perspective.