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"Conversation. What is it? A Mystery! It's the art of never seeming bored, of touching everything with interest, of pleasing with trifles, of being fascinating with nothing at all. How do we define this lively darting about with words, of hitting them back and forth, this sort of brief smile of ideas which should be conversation?" Guy de Maupassant

Sunday, January 9, 2005

More on the Yi-Tan Collective

1. Yi-Tan Collective :

We're here as part of a larger network to explore, prototype, adopt and recommend solutions around social media and technologies that are going to change the way people communicate, collaborate, engage with each other and organise for work and play. 

2. The Yi-Tan Way :

We're attempting to build an elegant combination of several social technologies within this platform - blogs; wikis; aggregation; presence and communications tools like Skype and Podcasting with their applications ; and some concepts from Social Networking Services.

All of us at Yi-Tan Collective have been researching these tools for a while now - and we hope to turn our learnings into the Yi-Tan Way.  Huge thanks to Tom and Ken at Seedwiki for their wonderful flexibility and willingness to encourage Serious Play in this space.

3. How We Engage You :

One part of Yi-Tan Consulting and the Yi-Tan Way is Conversations about ChangeA collection of posts.  Is it a blog ? Is it a wiki ? Its a bit of both i think.  Don't quite know what to call it yet.  Any suggestions ?  Until then Conversations about Change it is.

The idea is to build a collection of posts.  Where the key instigator of the thought is the author of the post, or is a link to someone else's post from any blog or article, that we find interesting.  The beauty here, as opposed to traditional blogging is that anyone can edit the post, build on it and take the thought forward.  The page revisions will track all the changes by author.

You might worry about spammers and disruptive elements - however i do believe the system is self-correcting.  I've experienced just this with the recent Tsunamihelp Blog and Wiki we set up.

The other aspect of the post collections is - if you have a thought or an idea that you'd like to seed and build upon, you are most welcome to bring it into this space, which would then be developed further in an open collaboration system like YI-Tan. 

Read more on How to Start a Blog at Yi-Tan and please do help us by Reporting Bugs.


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