How would we like our networks to grow?
- I invite us to visit our new site http://www.openleader.net
I ask for our thoughts on where our lab and our networks might go
Hi! I'm thinking intensely about what I'd like to achieve this coming
year. I'm applying for the Eyebeam Open Lab fellowships ($30,000 for 12
months in New York). The Open Lab is supporting work in: 1. Open
Networks, 2. Open Information, 3. Open Content, 4. Open Source, 5. Open
My project will be to discover, negotiate, implement and promote social
protocols for "civilization networks" to work seemlessly together. By
civilization network I means those which endeavors that are so bold that
they might remake all of our world. I have a list of a hundred or so:
So I'm thinking about what I'd like to achieve this coming year. I had
planned to focus on positioning Kerry Santo's Modo Fac Central
http://www.modofaccentral.com/mfc/ as the center for all of our social
networking. But last Friday she alerted me that she intended to have
her site hosted elsewhere. Certainly, it's been frustrating watching me
fail to set up the CivicSpace/Drupal software to serve her community. It
was a worse jolt to have our site hacked. We're fortunate that we did
not lose our data (and since then I've purchased "daily backups" so that
the latest seven days are all backed up and also older archives are
kept). I think the deepest reason is the difficulty of merging two
cultures (Modo Fac Central and Minciu Sodas) on top of the great stress
for each of us to work out our own visions. I'm glad that we're still
on good terms, Minciu Sodas participants are welcome at Modo Fac
Central, and the Modo Fac Central wiki will be alive at Global Villages.
I then spoke by Skype with our lab's active leaders to understand where
I might put my energies looking ahead. Thank you to Franz Nahrada, John
Rogers, Jeff Buderer, Steve Bosserman. I hope to write more soon.
I've realized that I'd best focus on Open Leader for our lab's social
networking. I'm happy to say that I think I've put up a useful
interface for us:
You'll see on the right hand side a news feed consisting of our letters.
If you click on an author, you will be sent to a page where you'll
have, on the right side, the news feed for that author. On the left
side you will see a page that is taken from a wiki page our PmWiki at
http://www.openleader.com If you click on "Edit the page" you can
update the page. So this is a very simple system for all of us to have
our own page, and for it to include a news feed made up of our own posts.
You can also see a list of all the authors:
So I hope this shows what very simple customized software can do. This
is just taking from RSS feeds and PmWiki. And we're drawing on content
from the Public Domain.
There's a lot more to do, starting with:
- a confirmation system
- including more sources for Public Domain materials
- linking in wikis
- linking in chat
My broader question is, How would we like to work together?
Please update your pages - and other pages - using your best judgement.
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