How many of us participate at Omidyar.net ? Omidyar.net is an
online site for the Omidyar Network for empowering individuals. Fred
Kayiwa represented us at their conference in northern Uganda.
Today Omidyar.net announced that it will close. It's a surprise but
typical of the abusive system of "philanthropic" relationships that
I hope our Minciu Sodas laboratory is an alternative to. They have
from the start captured a lot of attention with their resources,
attention which I think was taken from people who are truly trying
to get something done, however small it may be. They join a growing
list of dysfunctional "big name" initiatives that weren't designed
to embrace independent thinkers or to allow others to carry on after
they fail. I think of http://www.bootstrap.org,
It's interesting that they have concluded that they should move to
communities of narrower focus whereas we've had great success in
looking more broadly to a culture of independent thinkers.
They are asking their participants for input on migrating their
community. I suppose it's unrealistic to ask them to consider
joining our networks or to insist on basic values such as the Public
Domain or clear personal leadership based on one's deepest values.
But perhaps there are some there who would welcome the invitation to
If you are active there, please consider speaking up there and
alerting them that everyone is welcome here at Minciu Sodas
and our Worknets groups http://www.worknets.org
Tell them what we've been accomplishing. Your invitation means a
lot! Perhaps they will be happy here.
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In Spring 2004, Omidyar Network created a set of collaborative tools
to facilitate our work as an organization. We found it useful, and a
few months later in July 2004, we opened up access to the tool set
to anyone and everyone working toward making the world a better
We chose the approach of a self-managed community in the hope people
would find shared interests and discover their power to make good
things happen. Indeed, in the three years since we opened the
omidyar.net tool for external use, thousands of members have met,
posted, discussed and collaborated in the many groups and
discussions and workspace pages on omidyar.net. And while the
connections may have been made here, the positive impact has spread
to many other online communities as well as real world communities
across the globe. Through several experimental and experiential
collaborative funding projects, the omidyar.net community has
directed thousands of dollars to organizations making good things
happen around the world.
This summer, instead of deciding where to direct funding,
omidyar.net members will decide how to migrate to other community
We strongly believe in the power of community-based efforts, and we
feel the best way Omidyar Network can continue facilitating the kind
of work that's being done both within and through omidyar.net is to
empower communities online that are more narrowly focused on
specific interests and moderated in a style of their own preference.
One of the things we've learned over the last three years is that
self-managed communities can work. Given the tools and the space in
which to use them, the community can and will manage itself and keep
things running with little to no oversight. We've also learned that
communities are all about the people, not the platform, and that's
informed our decision for moving forward.
The Road Ahead Taking a cue from past collaborative decision-making
projects, we want to help facilitate this community's decision on
how to move forward. To that end, we'll be setting a process by
which the community elects a board made up of community members to
make decisions on behalf of the community through this transition
July 19: Omidyar Network creates a new group called Transition
focused specifically on this decision-making process. The elections
process for members to begin selecting board members begins.
Aug 3 - 7: Elections for the board via a poll in the Transition
Aug 7: Board convenes under Robert's Rules of Order (link to
Wikipedia entry) to begin making the decisions related to how and
where omidyar.net community members will continue their good work. A
partial list of the decisions to be made is included in the section
Sep 7: All interactive features of the omidyar.net platform will be
Sep 7 - Dec 31: Visitors to omidyar.net will be able to access the
content, but they'll also be referred to the new community spaces as
chosen by the elected board. All the content that's been created
through September 7 will be archived, in place. Tools to enable
omidyar.net members to easily download all their own content will
remain available through the end of the year.
Dec 31, 2007: The content of omidyar.net will be removed from public
The good works of this community will live on after the omidyar.net
platform is archived, but how and where it lives on is up to you,
the members of the community to decide.
Board Election ProcessWho can be on the board? Any omidyar.net
member can be nominated to be a member of the community board.
Who can vote for the board? To vote for the members of the board, a
member must meet the following eligibility qualifications as of July
added a name (real or pseudonym) to their profile page
been a member of omidyar.net for six months
signed on in the last sixty (60) days.
The list of eligible voters can be found on this eligible voters
How's the board selected? After the vote, the top five vote-getting
members will be recognized as the board and will make decisions on
behalf of the community.
What does the board do? Under Robert's Rules of Order, the board
chooses a Chair and then begins tackling the decisions related to
transitioning to new platforms.
Decisions the Board Will Need to MakeWhether the omidyar.net
community moves to one or to many new platforms, the board will need
to decide at least the following (note: this is just a partial list):
how to consider community input in decision-making processes
how to identify groups within omidyar.net that will become new
communities or join existing ones elsewhere
where to move (selecting a new name, choosing a platform, acquiring
how to pay for the costs of running new communities (if there are
where the omidyar.net home page will direct visitors once the
content is archived on September 7, 2007.
On a personal note, it's been an honor and a pleasure for Haney and
me to be a part of the community with you all over the last three
years. We've met people here that have helped us think, plan and act
in ways that have made us better for our interactions. We hope, in
some small way, that others have benefited from our interactions in
The next few months present a great opportunity to find ways to
amplify the good works started via the omidyar.net community. How
this happens is ultimately up to you, but we look forward to
participating in new communities with you on the other side of this
[note: edited this on 7/19 to add links to new Transition group]