ALIA20X20: a review of CotW-ProM


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  • I’d like to discuss my experience with open work groups, based on my work with CotW over the past 8 monthsI’ll focus on a software development project we started called ProM. It fell apart early and we are currently reviewing our mistakes – an instructive case
  • Political philosophy and social movementsI was applying social theory to transnational movements prior to the rise of social media (2000-2004)
  • Idea: an open source approach to the war on global warmingTheme of creative swarms mirrored in the film production: 20 teams totalling 77 people
  • New contacts: let’s do it!No funding or institutional support, just enthusiasm and willingness to experiment
  • 10/10/10: 350, Appropedia, Metacurrency, and othersCobbled together Drupal platform with IRC and JustinTV
  • Project matching system based on dating site algorithmWorkstreams, transparent processes, dynamic outreach
  • Tripped up by disagreements and personality differencesDivergent visions sapped energy – the project unravelled
  • Simple concept: algorithm uses project meta-data to establish matches and propose ‘dates’Ambivalence over use of dating metaphor
  • Clear workflow processes: three teams, regular meetings, documentationIntense pace: how to maintain it?
  • Mistake: standardized processes – monotonousLacking external incentives, enthusiasm waned
  • The solution? Take inspiration from the public commons ethos at the origins of the internetContinued in FOSS: ‘built on love’ – how to harness this?
  • Proposal: everything is common: concepts, processes, ethosThis maximises opportunities and opens new challenges
  • Decisions and plans are made in common spacesReal time collaboration on EtherPad and Skype invaluable
  • Common spaces defined by mandate (what we do) and scope (focus and purpose)Make flows visible by documenting them
  • Participants must ‘own’ spacesParticipants focus on creating a shared learning environment – make it FUN!
  • Multi-task: sustain multiple conversations and processesAttention to communication across processes – how can we thread things together?
  • Essential self-development required: what do I need to do to better engage things?Care for the group – find joy in enabling others
  • Common ethos required to scale things up: ‘swarm ethics’Swarms take shape when [1] people engage for personal benefit, and [2] they engage in such a way that their engagement benefits the whole
  • Current interest in ‘gamifying’ work processes: short sessions focused on achievablesMake it FUN. Empower participants to apply their unique skills to the group
  • Open source approach to global problems is an opportunity yet to be realized.We are at a threshold moment. CotW aims to play a enabling role in the paradigm shift
  • ALIA20X20: a review of CotW-ProM

    1. 1. Name: Dr Tim Rayner<br />Project Coalition of the Willing<br />ALIA Sydney: 20x20 Working Together <br />Tuesday 3rd of May 2011<br />Fisher Library, University ofSydney<br />
    2. 2. Open work groups<br />
    3. 3. Academic background<br />
    4. 4. Coalition of the Willing<br />
    5. 5. Collaborative production<br />
    6. 6. Movement Camp<br />
    7. 7. ProM<br />
    8. 8. ProM bust-up. How to improve?<br />
    9. 9. ProM concept<br />PROJECT META-DATA<br />PERSONAL META-DATA<br />Mission<br />Goals<br />Leader<br />Team<br />Milestones<br />Age<br />Sex<br />Height<br />Interests<br />Hobbies<br />Note that Visible Personal Meta-Data is a recent phenomena. Why not Visible Project Meta-Data?<br />
    10. 10. ProM workflow<br />ProM has three workstreams each with a particular mandate and set of interaction spaces enabled by certain tools<br />Outreach<br />MetaData<br />Technology<br />
    11. 11. ProM ‘ethos’<br />
    12. 12. The online commons<br />
    13. 13. OWG commons<br />
    14. 14. Common tools<br />
    15. 15. Common spaces<br />
    16. 16. Common ethos<br />
    17. 17. Open stewardship: technical<br />
    18. 18. Open stewardship: ethos<br />
    19. 19. Rules for swarming<br />
    20. 20. Gaming<br />
    21. 21. Paradigm shift<br />Email list:<br />Community portal:<br />Blog:<br />Facebook: coalitionfilm<br />