I was reading an unrelated interview with the inventor of Ruby on Rails:

“ I’ve been very gratified by seeing the success of The Robot Co-op was perhaps the first “major” company that picked up Rails shortly after its release. They had a very inspiring motivation for their work: to help people reach their goals in life. How can you not just love that?

And it works! I landed my keynote speaking engagement at OSCON in part because Nat Torkington saw my list of goals and noted that I had “deliver a keynote on Rails to 500+ people” on there. He got in touch, and this August, I gave a keynote in front of the 2000 people at OSCON. “

and this made me think, “Oh I see, it’s the collaborative nature of that people like. Yeah, I’d like it if I could browse through the todo-lists of other people in the groups that I’m in. I could see what their priorities are, maybe adjust my own priorities to align, help them out if I find they are interesting in doing something that I could help with, and maybe get help with my priorities. I’d also get to learn about other areas of their life that may be high-priority to them but that I didn’t know about.

And hey, maybe we could get some insight into group priorities, too. Like, I could see a tag cloud of all CommunityWiki-related todo items from people on CommunityWiki, with the font size showing me how many people are into that goal. Even if we don’t commit to agree as a group on anything, this would provide some SharedAwareness? of what is going on. “

So I check but doesn’t seem to offer these group features.

Still, wouldn’t it be neat if we could do that? This would achieve the same goals that I’ve been trying to achieve with

This also seems related to ProjectSpaceNetwork.

So, I assert that one feature that a GroupServer should have is CollaborativeTodo. Of course, we should also have an todo list interchange format of some sort so that individuals can write their todo-list once and then share parts of it with various groups.


At the RecentChangesCamp, you’ll remember, we had a part where everyone was encouraged to speak up about their needs.

I thought this was profoundly healthy, in the GeekHealth sort of way, in that:

  • it gave people a space to speak openly, honestly, from the heart, about what they needed,
  • it causes people to move inwardly, (“what exactly do I need? funny, nobody’s asked me that question before…”)
  • it promotes humility, (“I don’t need anything! I am entirely self sufficient!”)
  • it promotes networking, relationships, (“whoah! I have something that this other person needs! I can totally do that!”)
  • it “pays the bills,” so to speak, (people frequently actually get what they need)
  • it is a community activity (building mutual trust, understanding)

It’s not just to-do items, then, but it’s also sharing deep goals.

That said, I like the idea of holding to-do items in public, as well. :) If someone can help with an item, that’s great! With some intelligence, you could probably make a system, later on, that showed you those items that you were most likely capable of doing something with..!



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