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Hi, thanks for sharing this, I liked the video!

I do think connecting is often underestimated versus collecting, but I also think we need a balance between the two. There are similarly people who forget the collecting and that part is important too, for remembering, transforming and for others to tap in later.

"How to summarise" is, I think, a conversation worth having - I can think of discussions in the Brighton & Hove Forum mailing list over how to engage the list not just with those who want to partake in discussion, but also with those who are just interested in knowing what the "general opinion" is - namely, council members and the "listening" side. IMHO, the ability to provide an overview of the discussion is a major step in this integration.

The problem that comes up then is initially resources; anybody may contribute, it takes greater investment/engagement to read and respond, and perhaps even more still to actually simmer *all* viewpoints down into a readable form, making sure that you've included all points in an objective manner, etc.

While we're waiting for intelligent text parsers to become open-source ;) maybe this is an issue to be hammered home to those with the funds - someone needs the time and incentive to do this, rather than relying solely on the tech. I guess there are alternatives, such as some kind of wiki, but to me that seems to be placing at least two extra demands on the community...

p.s. thanks for the link to Dave Pollard's blog - now added to my feeds :)

Wow - I'm reintermediating too, by setting up a space for social entrepreneurs to make a learning game together. Making the game is a structure for us to think together with. Making the game is the intermediator. Making the game together is how we discover and make sense of the patterns that are hidden in our collective experience. Since games are inherently ordered by patterns, its a natural intermediating structure. Not a sense or order imposed on us from the outside, but a sense and order that emerges from our act of making the game.

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