Training sessions/Proposals/Understanding and Boosting Communities

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Understanding and Boosting Communities

Authors

Antonio Tenorio (P2Pvalue project, Universidad Complutense de Madrid) - Senrof21

Samer Hassan (P2Pvalue project, Berkman Center at Harvard University & Universidad Complutense de Madrid) - Samer.hc

Description

We aim (1) to provide an understanding on how effort is distributed in the communities you participate in, (2) provide you with an app that can smooth participation.

After doing intensive social research and prototype testing within the EU-funded P2Pvalue research project, we are aware of the main needs of the different roles within a Commons-Based Peer Production community (following the classical 1-9-90 rule: core, occasional collaborators and users), and the tools they typically lack (related to management and internal organization, listing the subprojects available and the needs of each). Teem, a free software app focused on increasing the participation and sustainability of Commons-Based Peer Production communities (e.g. Wikipedia, free software, Arduino), although it may be applied to other open online communities (networks, open organizations) or even social movements (social centers, collectives). The 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).

Purpose

  1. To provide an understanding on how effort is distributed in the communities you participate in
  2. Provide you with an app that can smooth participation.

Targeted participants

Participants in collaborative communities of any kind

Preparatory readings or materials

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