¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In working through all of these words a curious gap has emerged. Throughout all of these pieces there is very little that explicitly touches on communities. Various publics are touched on in various places but the complications that arise from interacting communities and their differing practices seems lot be absent. Where communities do feature they are targets for engagement or a background context. In a Citizen of the Network a community is implicit and in Who do You Get to Say I Am the diversity of community practice is presented as both a problem and an opportunity for new perspectives.
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 What is not addressed is the way that communities of practice, and their shared cultures shape the incentives that drive practice. The challenge of adoption that underlies most of what I have worked on for the past decade is one of collective action, of persuading communities to act together. Yet an actual understanding of those communities and of how that understanding might be used to address the problems of collective action is missing. Instead that challenge of incentives is mostly addressed to the individual and to how we might create measures that would promote the kinds of behaviour we are looking for in those individuals.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 At the small scale the technical opportunities are clear. At the large scale we can see how a societal conversation is necessary and that institutions will need to adapt and change. At the large scale we can articulate the idea that there are architectural principles and institutional design strategies that will work to create the right incentives, indeed the right culture, to take advantage of the technical opportunities. But knowing that such principles could be applied does not help us to know what they are. It is in the middle at the level of groups and communities that they next phase of change needs to occur.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Just as the various posts here are largely fragments, loosely connected to the large ideas, community practices vary and small groups don’t feel they have the power to act. The few posts that draw them together are like threads, starting to pick out a view of the larger fabric, the whole network. These are local structures, or local stories, that draw together the fragments. Similarly we can think of shared platforms or shared narratives that can draw together and align those communities so as to build networks that operate to promote sharing by bringing benefits to those communities and groups. The next stage is to take these disparate ideas, disparate research outputs, and disparate groups and communities, and seek to build the platforms that allow them to interconnect, aggregate and create value. To move from a space of loosely connected if locally structured pieces, to densely connected networks from which various narratives can be woven and questioned.