This will have many overlaps with network creation.
Last week, I went to the first public meeting of the where we are now network http://www.wherewearenow.org/ at Judson Memorial Church in NYC. While it is being organized as a network by a steering committee it had a very similar feel to short-lived convergences and mobilizations of the US anti-globalization movement. Energy, excitement, and a familiar initial lack of structure. There was an impressive go around where artists, activists, and academic introduced themselves and their affiliations. Then there was a retelling of how this “network” came into existence and then we broke out into different groups. I kept thinking, wouldnt it be amazing if there was a computer projecting the Crabgrass Mobilization Tool where the decision making structure, some of the groups, and information about the network were already set up. Then after, or before the breakout i could sign up to the different groups and stay connected and organized via CG. What does this tool look like and how is it different then other tools?
- Network Creation
- Decision Making Structure Determination
- Group Creation (template or some basic suggestions like outreach, nuts and bolts, media, etc)
- Templating of different networks / group structures
- Normal Groupware Pages
- mailing lists (?)
- task lists
- meeting schedualling tool
- voting and polling