Seems interesting. But is there any example? (in Meatball link their example is about real barns!!)
Posted by fredguth at Apr 11, 2007 12:51
I think IBM's jam sessions are a good example. I can't find a great link ( http://www.ibmeye.com/last-day-of-habitat-jam/ <sup></sup> ). As I understand it, what they do is have employees around the world (like 100,000+) meet virtually to discuss an overwhelming problem and figure out how to move forward.
Posted by Alexa Thomas at May 08, 2007 07:36
Well, many have argued, Meatball itself is a BarnRaising event. I'm unsure about that. But more practically, we used to post barn raising events on http://usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?BarnRaisingNominations <sup></sup> . Back in the good ol' days, we used to go around helping smaller wikis set up and get rolling. Commercialization has demotivated collaboration in the public domain, but that is irrelevant in groups where there is no internal competitive threat. After all, BarnRaising is all about helping your neighbour because a strong neighbour will build a strong neighbourhood and community for all members… but this only makes sense if your neighbour is not a threat.
I cannot emphasize enough that one of the key points of barn raising is the celebration afterwards.
Posted by Sunir Shah at May 09, 2007 11:51
Re: “Commercialization has demotivated collaboration in the public domain, but that is irrelevant in groups where there is no internal competitive threat.”
An explanation somewhat similar to 'a rising tide raises all boats' could be used to overcome commercializations' negative aspects. When all participants follow the same rules in order to benefit such as 'open reviewing' then only those that do not participate will not benefit (except, of course, for the ramp-up in their knowledge). The opportunity should be left open for newbies and late-comers.
Posted by Jeff Scott at Nov 15, 2007 04:36