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Tools for Developing a Robust Online Society
by Marcia L. Conner

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The people behind Ageless Learner have long been interested in connecting people worldwide through a series of services and online communities (interrelated societies) that mirror the way people work together in the real world. Services and societies can interoperate based on new industry standard protocols for cross-system secure information sharing. The systems themselves use an open source model that puts ownership into the hands of the individuals who participate. We had begun with a specific initiative called Imergence and now find the work is going on in so many places its unnecessary to keep it all in one place.

The following is a list of links to websites that have caught our attention for reasons listed below. This list is a work in progress, and shouldn't be interpreted to be a thorough list of any topics named. We use this to keep track of trends, get ideas, and watch what is happening related to our work.

Note: items added within the last calendar month marked new addition.

  1. Communities to Tour
  2. Community Tools Publicly Available
  3. Community Tools Available for Customization
  4. Public Community Spaces
  5. Social Network Spaces & Bookmark Tools
  6. Intriguing New Models
  7. Infrastructure Tools
  8. Organizations doing Related Work
  9. Commentary & Thought Leadership
  10. Miscellaneous
  11. Design Issues

Communities to Tour

Following is a list of established communities you can sign up to join or just tour around without membership. They are widely different and can help you see how organizations are managing their spaces online today. Each of these communities is working at some level with the people behind the 1Society project to improve their offerings in the years ahead.

Omidyar Network

Cosmopolity

ConserveOnline

Read it Aloud Campaign

Kirkwood Dog Park Association

Smartocracy

Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank registered in The Netherlands as a not-for-profit foundation.

Community Tools/Publicly Available

Tools freely available over the internet for creating private spaces to establish workgroups and small communities.

Caucus

Yahoo! Groups

Living Directory

Topica

Google Groups

Talkcity

TightCircle

Gatheroo (currently in alpha)

Community Tools/Available for Customization

Tools and platforms available for a fee or that require development overhead to establish workgroups and communities of any size.

Plone  really a content mgmt site but can be used for community

iCohere

GoLightly Online

Mongoose Technology's RealCommunities

Communispace

coachingplatform

Webcrossing

Tomoye

M7 Networks (now part of Motricity) for mobile community building

Socialtext

OpenNGO/CiviCRM

Drupal open source content management system used for community development

CivicSpace

introNetworks

CivicActions

Public Community Spaces

ThinkCycle

orkut in association with Google (beta, invitation required)

hi5

Bebo

AlwaysOn Network

Ryze Business Networking

Facebook

Ecadamy

Zaadz (currently in beta, requires invitation and password)

Tribe.net

Meetup

Gather

Communities.com

myspace

Friendster

FaceMeet

Flork

Social Network Spaces & Bookmark Tools

Spoke

LinkedIn

Open Business Club

Furl

del.icio.us

LiveJournal

DiaryLand

Intriguing New Models

Buzzeebee

EyeOS

Frappr

Cosmopolity (their calendaring is especially interesting)

LooseConspiracy: Extranet for the Revolution

Konfabulator Gallery and Yahoo Widgets

Structured Blogging

HOTorNOT.com

Popurls

Squidoo

Summer of Code

Newsvine (requires invitation and password)

Youthgive

LatchOn.org

World Community Grid

Prosper

MIT's One Laptop Per Child

iTags

Infrastructure Tools

BuzzLogic (recent addition)

Stargazer

GoingOn Networks

eTapestry

FON is for unified WiFi Network allowing members of the FON community to share not just bandwidth but experience and ideas.

i-names Development
     also see inamers.org, the unofficial i-name community and user-group
     also see inamesCommunity, the community for i-names development work

XDI.org

Organizations doing Related Work

Identity Gang (recent addition)

Berkman Center for Internet & Society (recent addition)

YADIS.org (recent addition)

virtualrights.org (recent addition)

Interra Project

Opinity

dotOrganize

Identity Commons

BlueOxen Associates

CPSquare

ooTao

Bootstrap Institute

Commentary and Thought Leadership

Drummond Reed's Equals Drummond (=drummond) blog (recent addition)

Britt Blaser's Escapable Logic blog (recent addition)

Kim Cameron's Identity blog

ValueTrue

Philanthropy Journal

Marc Cantor blog

Doc Searls weblog

Many 2 Many A group web log on social software

Designing for Civil Society blog

Identity Woman blog

Electric Frog blog

Miscellaneous

Craig's List, what began as a virtual community bulletin board for the San Francisco Bay Area has grown into much more.

Grassroots.org

OneNorthwest

DMOZ Online Community list

Design Issues

Mobile Community Design

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