I recently sent a mass e-mail out to some members I ran across in Teamspeak. This is the mail I sent them.
So I am uber serious about developing the ZM sites and/or chapters
and I want to be in touch with everyone else who does. This way we can
either be heard collectively and find a workable solution to how we can
make the ZM site as easy and powerful as possible, or start our own
open source project. I am even willing to go as far as purchase own our
domain name and hosting space to start this project if I am unable to
work with the ZM admins. I have a billion ideas for development and all
I need is a platform to start building on. I'm sure some of you feel
I have been involved in this movement for over 2 years now and I
have not been impressed with the rate of web and communication
development. I'm ready to start working on any type of tool / site /
software that better connects members who want to communicate or
contribute information, time, effort, media, blogs, or any other
material, skill, or service they can offer .
Since I have no idea who most of you are I would welcome any info
about yourselves that you could provide me with on how you would like
or be able to help. So let me tell you what I am planning, and you let
me know how you would like to help..
What I am seeking to do is either work with the existing Zeitgeist
Joomla site or develop a new Joomla 1.5 site. Users will have accounts,
be organized by area, with options of joining groups and seeing their
own unique pages relevant to their area/group. Messaging system, linked
to facebook, twitter... with blogspace, chat bar, image and file
hosting, article creation, etc.. to maximize user experience. This is what I consider
hardcore dev project and would only need a small trustworthy team of intelligent
minds, or honestly I could do it myself.. lol Then there is content...
The site can be basically assembled in a week enough to allow media
contribution. There is a lot of information in the world so it needs to
be organized and easily navigated. Preferably relevant to RBE concepts.
=) Sections would be created for News, Education, Handouts, Radio
Shows, YouTube Videos, Open Source Software, etc. and obviously
sections will have sub categories for more specific information. I want
the site to empower the user. The movies are basic at this point, and
we need a database of relevant information to move forward with.... A
Wiki+HowStuffWork+ZeitNews+Facebook+OpenSecrets+YouTube but with
more type thing centered around RBE ideas and concepts.
The main goal of the site is to keep the user up to date with
relevant world/area news and events, communicate with friends and team
members with similar goals and interests, entertain and educate about
sustainable practices, and eliminate "dead ends" by allowing users to
participate and contribute more material to the site as a whole. Every
user should be able to be educated to a point to where they can
contribute to the site. If they don't know how to do something, there
will be an educational tutorial about how to do it. Everybody knows how to
do something, so lets start combining our forces so that we can
collectively educate the masses. With enough information the RBE
concept become self evident. Lets help others get to a point to where
they can see that this direction is necessary, and create an
environment that encourages social change. Uniting like minded people
who want to collaborate towards sustainable social change while
educating and providing them with the tools to assist them.
So again please reply or connect with me if you want to help, and let me know what you do or how you want to contribute.