On Sat, Feb 14, 2009 at 3:50 PM, Tom Brown
> i'm curious about your ideas about what purpose the groups would serve. would it be just that people could
> identify who is in their affinity group compared to the system at large or would there be even more functionality
> per group?
I think for me personally groups would be a way to get more people
interested in joining ATEN and the larger community. I have a couple
groups that may be interested in it to facilitate existing time
tracking, and by using ATEN to do that, they would have all the
benefits of the larger community.
Specifically, I'm thinking of the Austin Cohousing group (and
currently talking with Karen about doing an orientation for us), and
the Barn Raising group I'm in. With Barn Raising, we all get together
in January and break up into groups of 4-6 households. We then
schedule our work days - about one every other month - throughout the
year. When your day comes up, everyone converges on your house and you
put them to work for the day. It's a great way to get big projects
hammered out in a short amount of time, and it's way fun! The problem
is that anyone who doesn't get in during that first meeting has a hard
time joining a group. I see ATEN as a way to facilitate even more of
the BarnRaising spirit without having to do all the organization up-
front. You have a bunch of folks over to your house and then pay them
in hours. Go to someone else's house and get some of that time back
working for them, etc.