what i’ve been really into lately is this idea of self-organizing, which seems to me to be the the real power of networks.
self-organizing means people can create projects: get resources, find partners, learn from past projects, share their learning and impact.
obviously, this won’t be solved by tech alone: we need each other to practice this. so we’re thinking about 3 things:
- learning/practice spaces (classes, communities),
- “protocols” or “templates” for simple activities like: how to move to a more formal collaboration, how to do network weaving, how to undo cultures of racism, sexism, other oppressions,
- network platform
my hypothesis is that tech, specifically a shared platform, can support this in key ways:
- find the right person
- give a sense of what’s going on in the network with realtime visual data (network maps! bar graphs! pie charts!)
- find a niche/triangulate your work in relation to the network
currently using the platform as a space to co-design and ask questions around what’s next/needed to support self-organizing.