Collaborative Technology User Group?
There has been discussion of re-launching the CTA, and discussion of the importance of the living organizations related to an ecosystem of apps. In this context, Bob and I have been tossing around an idea for a specific need that could use some organizing and coordinating skills and time. It is not instead of the CTA, but in addition to both the CTA and the OAE.
We think it is important that an organization of software developers (OAE) partners with an organization of groups who want to use the software. Something like "Collaborative Technology User Group", CTUG. Name to be determined of course, we are notoriously lousy at naming things ourselves.
Such a group might guide the OAE with requirements and ideas and testers, for example, but would not try to manage the software work, which should be managed by the software workers. If the CTA becomes some kind of broader umbrella group, this might fall inside the umbrella.
Such a group could have focus outside of the OAE too. For example a lot of groups use existing platforms that may never be part of the OAE, but still could benefit from a way to coordinate with other groups on their development and maintenance. For example we know FairCoop and Mutual Aid Network have had such discussions, and the Community Software telegram thread has included Sensorica/Matrioshka, GoPacifia, people working on Coopaname, FairCoop, people in touch with multiple timebank and mutual credit groups, and others, trying to get some coordination going. There was a user based group that came out of the Impact Economy Summit including some of the same players, that met for a while. I'm sure there are many many others who would be interested in coordinating their software needs.
Thoughts? Interest in working on creating something like this?