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As part of the P2Pvalue.eu project, we have been focusing on the classical 1-9-90 power law (1% core, 9% occasional contributors, 90% more passive audience), exploring qualitatively the needs and desires of each of the three roles in a wide diversity of communities. Our research has focused on commons-based peer production communities, both digitally-based (e.g. FLOSS) and digitally-supported (e.g. a makerspace). We have a list of findings for each role that we hope are common across communities; naming a few, we may see how the 1% would like to share responsibilities and delegate, while also finding it hard, as they are frequently concerned on the task being performed "correctly" and following their vision. Or we see 9% wanting to lead their own initiatives, or receive recognition for what they do. Or 90%s wanting to support the community, but lacking awareness of what's going on, in order to know how to contribute.
Teem app is grounded on these findings to reduce the frustrations of all participants and increase participation (90s=>9, 9s=>1)... while providing a kind-of project management tool for communities (but informal/liquid/open to fit the context) together with a work-space with collaborative edition (like a google-doc) and a group chat (like a whatsapp/telegram group).
Presented at: Peer Value: Advancing the Commons Collaborative Economy
Friday September 2, 2016
City town hall Amstel 1, Amsterdam, Netherlands