Membership and relationships
Sorry I've not been more active over here but you'll see more of me now that the ruralnet|online co-design process is well underway.
This process has been really enlightening and, as usual with the open innovation process, we are not where we thought we'd be when we started!
We've hit a bit of a watershed and our findings are relevant to this project, I think, so here they are.
Drawing everything together and injecting Paul's and Duncan's excellent work this week with Wordpress MU the image to the left is an attempt to show the status of our current thinking. Click on it to see it full size (it's on Flickr).
A focus on relationships between people and organisations rather than 'information'. A focus on 'services' rather than 'content'.
In summary, it's a graphical RSS aggregator, maybe Google Apps For Your Domain(?), with WordPress (organisational websites and individual blogs), Drupal (Experts Online), Gmail (for those who want it) and other things sitting behind it.
Although we've been focussing on ruralnet|online here, the system could be replicated for other networks using the Networks Online philosophy.
This is an Aunt Sally for everyone to have a go at. I'll be really interested in any comments and feedback.
Key questions are: What's the business model? Do we need a forum facility? What about shared file storage?