These are opening thoughts from past discussions, plus entirely
personal first suggestions on how development of an OpenRSA.net site,
events, other tools and associated projects might develop. The main idea
here is that development should tap the enthusiasm of members (1), meet
their needs to develop discussion
and projects, and also model and so
influence the way that we hope RSA Networks might develop.
The early history and principles of OpenRSA are here. It was conceived as an open, flexible group to support development of the RSA and RSAN, engaging through the use of social media and occasional events.
Current thoughts are catalysed by the proposal for an OpenRSA.net site, but I’m assuming OpenRSA activities will not be confined to that site, and can continue even if the site is not developed as proposed.
This is a bit of brain-dump that needs a lot refinement. I hope it can be shorter. Please feel free to add/amend/delete. You need to join the wiki to do that - link at top of the page. First draft by David Wilcox November 1 2008 (2).
I hope that this note might help create a framework for a first virtual and/or face-to-face meeting to develop OpenRSA.net and OpenRSA as a whole. See suggested next steps below.
OpenRSA.net, together with other online tools, events, and activities becomes the basis for an Innovation Lab that helps fast-track RSAN projects and evolve processes that will help build the wider network and engage external interests. It is a project developed by the OpenRSA group within RSAN that also has an outward-facing presence.
(1) I’m using the term members to avoid distinction between Fellows,
people who have applied to be Fellows, and others who wish to be
associated with OpenRSA. The nature of membership, and roles within
OpenRSA, is one issue to be discussed. DW
(2) I should declare a personal interest in sharing developments with other people interested in membership organisations, through the Membership Project which started at RSAN and is supported by RSA and NCVO. The Membership Project is an example of a project started within RSAN that now has its own site. My thinking on past RSAN development is documented here. DW
(3) If useful, I’ll commit to the role of social reporter which I’m exploring here. That would involve helping surface and summarise conversations, create a developing narrative, evolve online tools - and help others do the same. That way we would, hopefully, have a growing group of people helping animate the conversations online and face to face, providing reflection upon progress by the Lab. If people are interested, social reporting can be a project in its own right. DW