Tools for Dialogue and Deliberation on Wicked Problems
WikiScience is devoted to mass collaboration and the use of Science and ingenuity to address the problems of desertification and the effects of global climate change. It is meant to provide a canvas to enable both scientists and Citizen Scientists alike to work together. In addition, it is hoped that the collective minds participating in this project will be able to help solve the issues we are dealing with in WikiScience. To learn more about this project see About WikiScience.
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The WikiScience project has been closed due to lack of participation and site vandalism.
Documents resulting from the WikiScience project will be made available from this site early in 2009.
There is nothing else at the site.
I bet on renewable energy technologies. The are an "archetype", something that resonates with our "collective unconscious" (to intentionally misuse Jung's terminology).
Is it really the case that Twine died for lack of interest? Really?
What, in fact, does "lack of interest" mean? I wonder if that term really entails other pathologies about which we don't speak deeply or frequently enough during deliberations about online collaboration and sensemaking.
Speaking about pathology, I may also have traumas from the past, good or bad interactions with other people or events that have eventually brought me here. Important and successful people would hesitate to participate in online collaboration because they are, well, important and successful, not willing to publicly re-evaluate their importance and success. Also, it can be quite painful to start from the bottom, with many degrees of freedom, to question everything from the beginning. Sustainability is a good example. Everyone wants to be sustainable, but don't touch his/her salary, lifestyle, and habits.
Also, while dealing with complicated issues instead of having fun, it's uncertain whether your online social network will achieve something relevant or not. It requires a lot of time, thoughts, and emotions to build it.
Functionality and design can be important. I am active here http://2020.global.gaiaspace.org, but I have some complaints about it. For example, their search engine should be better. Any website/portal that even remotely looks like a social network has a better search engine. It works nice for me.
How can a social network like this one succeed and grow and develop? It needs DOCUMENTED success stories from its members, from zero (the beginning, documented) to here (the outcomes, also more or less documented).
We can't know in advance which social network will succeed to do something interesting and radically different. By the way, megalomania also has something to do with pathology, right?