In Seymour Papert's (1980) seminal book Mindstorms, he is fascinated with the learning community of the Brazilian samba schools, and he discusses different ways for adopting the main attributes of the samba schools into more traditional schools.
In the scientific world, breakthroughs and new achievements are emerging every day in a variety of scientific fields. Though the research is abundant and innovative, it rarely comes to the attention of the public.
The research group functions as a community net lab focusing on the ways that clearly defined (primordial) communities (re)form social boundaries through the use of new media (i.e. the Internet, mobile communication) and knowledge that is constructed online.