This space has been quiet since April 2008, but that's about to change now that RSA and NCVO have secured funding for a research programme, and there's growing interest in the potential impact of social media on membership organisations. More here about that. The precise focus for the site will shape up over the next few weeks, but I expect it to be on where self-organising using the social web meets traditional organisation. Background on the project here, and how to use the site. Contact us here.
Writing a comment to Simon Berry's item here pretty much took care of this update. As I said there - after a deliberately messy start followed by some getting organised we are now becoming creative, and ready to move to production of work packages.
Simon reminded us that we aim to have project proposals completed by April 30 to put to funders and other potential collaborators. That's possible because different people's contributions are coming together. This was always meant to be a collaborative process - and it is working. read more »
Here's the second update on this Membership Project. We've spend the last three weeks finding out more on what people are saying about social media and organisations, and developing project plans, as reflected in the project timeline. read more »
Here's the first round-up of how the Membership Project and the site has developed in our quest to "explore changes that the social web and other factors may bring to groups and organisations ... and to our ideas of belonging in an increasingly networked society". These updates will be archived here. read more »