Dynamic and Unfolding Processes instead of Static Solutions
Craig and I initiated a conversation that began with my response to his post on taking back social media: https://medium.com/enspiral-tales/taking-back-social-media-could-be-world-changing-35c479cc387f#.xrcs5iv2e
We would like this to be an open conversation instead of a private correspondence stored in our inboxes. Hence this space ad this thread. What follows is my response:
I too have been holding a story for a couple of years about a social dynamic. I haven't evolved it it much because I am one person (who doesn't enjoy coding) and I feel this should be a group effort (way too many decisions for a single person to make). Given that there is no group, I've been contemplating not so much the system itself but what would be a relevant first step to make it happen.
This has brought to me a realization that I believe is key to any effort to make a substantial change in our social media landscape. I believe that we need to stop seeking solutions and start creating, changing and tuning processes. I believe that a better social media future is one where there isn't one solution but diverse solutions that create an web of interactions which lead to vastly different social dynamics than what we have today. The question, I believe, should NOT be how to create a better Facebook, but how to create a different socio-technological process (that, amongst other things, creates software solutions) that would lead to something inevitably different then what we know today.
The question is then, what would be the sun, the center-of-gravity, around which such a software ecosystem could exist?
I believe that at the heart of all our social efforts lies the individual - an independent, free and accountable individual. Simply put I believe everyone should have a self-owned, open-source based, online presence. This is a basic building block which, I believe, may lead to different social-constructs. Currently, coming together has either been either designed to create or resulted in fragmentation of our online-selves. When I participate in a conversation (such as your filterburst.useresponse.com) I create a fragment of myself which someone else (in this case you & useresponse.com) can control and manipulate. That is, I believe, at the core of what gives Facebook its power. Many people who are on Facebook would like it to be different, but they have no say about that. They walk around disgruntled and carrying a misplaced sense of entitlement to a voice about the space they (wrongly) believe they own. I believe this common (unconscious?) architectural choice (individual fragmentation) has been a systemic fault in most of of the attempts (including those listed in your post) that have been made to create alternatives to Facebook.
With that in mind I would like to share with you:
- The social-media story I imagine: http://oameni.iamronen.com/
- A post about a possible social-media landscape built upon free-individuals: http://oameni.iamronen.com/2016/08/12/where-to-begin-individual-presence/
I believe that many of the building blocks to create this realize already exist and that there are working examples of this. But I leave that thread of conversation for another time.
Ronen Hirsch started a proposal Sat 19 Nov 2016
Create one or more collection threads for relevant resources Closed Tue 29 Nov 2016
As the discussions unfold we are seeing mentions of different relevant resources and I would like to highlight this and suggest we aggregate this information in dedicated threads.
I would like to suggest some threads as a starting point:
* Existing Social Methodologies (techniques for group participation and decision making).
* Technological Protocols - theoretical or applied.
* Working technologies (platforms, apps, etc.)
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Sat 19 Nov 2016
I like the intention behind this, but I'm not sure that I find Loomio the ideal tool for directory/ list building. What if we made a google-sheets csv or Trello for each of the above, then link it into the Group Description and/or relevant threads?
Annelieke van der Sluijs
Mon 28 Nov 2016
@johngieryn: let's start on the structure we are in, whenever our needs grow beyond what is possible on Loomio, we can naturally shift to something that is appropriate in that particular case...