Participation Models: Money and/or Attention?

At least initially it will be hard to make a case for financial support from individuals in the community, many of whom are already shelling out for other associations' dues or are unemployed. This might change in the future when we've established some valuable services, but for now it's probably not worth the bother of trying to collect dues.

Instead it would be interesting to explore some alternatives for enlisting that other kind of support, namely participation. Perhaps if we consider some economic models of attention and participation (e.g. SlashDot), we might hit on some way of incenting individuals to participate in an ongoing way?

And let's not forget larger investments of volunteer time, such as will be required for each of these projects to get up and running. We may want to advertise the active projects, each with a contact, with the hope of getting members of the community excited about participating. Therefore a marketing plan to enlist volunteers is perhaps a first order task. Volunteers?

And it's important not to forget that many efforts at building community infrastructure are already underway. IA Slash and the IA wiki are just two great examples. What would be the best way to get the owners of these projects to begin coordinating their efforts?

Posted by Louis Rosenfeld at October 04, 2001 06:16 PM

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