I'm working on a research paper about building communities with decentralized web technologies. I've decided to publish weekly progress reports as a way to collect my thoughts and get over my apprehension of sharing my work.
It has some interesting external resources too, I think.
@dorian I'd be interested in reading along with your updates. When you say 'building communities' do you assume from scratch, or in the sense that the users of a tool / instance would/should become a community? Or more like how decentralised tools provide agency to and strengthen pre-existing (budding) communities? Also see Etienne Wenger's work on communities of practice, and how tech does (not) support them.
@dorian I'd suggest Wenger / McDermott / Snyder 'Cultivating Communities of Practice' and Wenger / White / Smith 'Digital Habitats'
A community for members to share their expertise with the world.