Re-convening in Commonspace

It's been quiet here since April 2008, but that's now going to change!

This site was originally created for The Membership Project, which was started David Wilcox (me) and Simon Berry "to explore how the social web and other factors are changing the ways in which we may belong to groups and organisations". You can read the background here. We took a rest during 2008 as our partners NCVO and RSA developed plans for the research programme. As you can see here, that's now under way.  read more »


Thoughts on how we engage people via this site

Megan and I met this morning and talked about the research dimension of this project. I've just updated the research page so you can see where we got to.

We also discussed the question of how to engage other key people in membership organisations in our discussions and thinking. I'm sure we'll have a chance to discuss more when we meet face-to-face in a couple of weeks' time, but for now I thought I'd just share our ideas as food for thought.

We know that in order to encourage people to participate there has to be a clear 'ask' and clarity about the terms of engagement. How about creating a series of boxes (or something) on the front page with the key questions we're interested in. So for example:  read more »

Project update 2: getting organised

Here's the second update on this Membership Project. We've spend the last three weeks finding out more on what people are saying about social media and organisations, and developing project plans, as reflected in the project timeline.  read more »


Project update 1: a deliberately messy start

Here's the first round-up of how the Membership Project and the site has developed in our quest to "explore changes that the social web and other factors may bring to groups and organisations ... and to our ideas of belonging in an increasingly networked society". These updates will be archived here.  read more »


How to use Commonspace

This site was originally developed to provide a collaborative commons for anyone interested in exploring how the social web may bring changes to organisations and our ideas of belonging, and there are quite a few early users with logins. We are currently thinking how best to organise for next phase development.

For now new users can:  read more »

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