MyCoNet: Uniting community groups, events, and projects by Boulder Biomimicry
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Your proposal represents a bold vision with many parts. There appears to be a conflict in serving as a connector and bringing people together to work and study permaculture. It is unclear how you would fulfill these two big and sometimes conflicting goals. 2.
I think they are underestimating the labor costs associated with the event organization activities. Very much like the effort to connect like-minded groups and individuals.
Grand vision w/ online forums, workshops, events
Could be value in connecting online and offline activities in a single platform
Like the crowdsourcing theme
Other collaborative tools and platforms pre-exist
Cross-disciplinary collaboration can be a challenge
Pick one niche area and one community, to launch, and then scale out. Start small... then grow.
Continue to refine website design.
Mar 14, 2016
Summary of proposal revisions since first submission:
All sections of the proposal have been significantly revised for clarity and with more specific content.
To address judge’s suggestion of establishing presence in a specific niche in order to expand:
We have established partnerships with two outside organizations: the Permaculture Action Network and Solutions Voyage. This also helps remediate the challenges involved in facilitating cross-disciplinary collaboration, since these projects require the coordination of many stakeholder groups. Additionally, by expanding our offerings into adjacent niches we will reach increasingly cross-disciplinary and disparate communities.
To address the challenges of the pre-existence of other online tools and the suggestion to improve website design, we have implemented the following website improvements:
1) More groups, new graphics, profiles and commenting, and project listing capability.
2) The platform is approaching the social media capabilities of Hylo, while offering the unique value of serving as a sortable and pre-categorized database of events, groups, and projects.
3) Expansion of the team's web development skills to allow for more rapid platform development
Next steps for platform: Continued development to allow for specific resource and skill offerings to be shared in order to facilitate Permaculture Action Days; ie, organizing volunteers, skill sets, and physical materials needed to execute community action projects. To see these updates as they are developed, you can check www.MyCoNet.us.