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One of the greatest virtues I see of the rising "participation culture," and the Web2.0 tools that enable such participation, is the capacity to simultaneously elevate the expertise of each individual and illuminate the value to each of us otherwise hidden in our collective knowledge.

My theory is that together we all know what each one of us needs to know, at any point in time, for application to any purpose.

I wanted to let you know what I'm up to because I believe we have alot in common regarding how communities can collaborate to accomplish a common goal.

I recently launched a wiki at http://selearninggames.wikispaces.com and its companion blog at http://selearninggames.wordpress.com. Places for social entrepreneurs to make an elearning game together that will solve the mystery of earned income venture profitability.

Another one of my theories is that making a learning game together might be a FUN way for social entrepreneurs to use web2.0 tools to discover strategic meta-pattern solutions to our common problems hidden in our collective experience.

I invite you to check out my wiki and blog. Let me know what you think. Please feel free to share this invitation with whomever and however you feel appropriate.

On participation... the leading edge of technology users get lots of attention and are the ones contributing most of the Web 2.0 content... but what of the other many billion folks out there?

We've got a new service underway in Burlington, Vermont USA called Front Porch Forum that's trying to engage beyond the early adopters. We provide online forums for neighborhoods... with several twists. Our mission is to help neighbors connect and foster community. In our first three months 5% of local households signed on. The most active neighborhoods have 80% of the homes on board. Some members make remarkable claims about how the service has elevated the sense of community in their neighborhoods.

It's fascinating to watch low-end internet users join this service and contribute... because most people care about their neighborhood and are interested in getting to know the people around them. Many just see this as a neighborhood newsletter, and, in fact, would be scared away by a wiki, blog, mail list, etc.

We also have a new blog reporting and discussing all we're doing and discovering. We welcome comments!

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