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A year gone by, a new year ahead

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Let me start by wishing everyone a happy and productive new year.
It has been one year now that IOPS has been self-managing also at the international level. Looking back, how did that work out?
I have to say, not well. The results are, frankly, very disappointing. A system by which members can contribute their membership dues is still not in place. Even more disheartening: the content curators did not generate or facilitate any new content. In general, activity on the website dropped to almost none; most of what appeared was due to one lone Aussie wolf.
In the meantime, new members keep dripping in; comparing 2017 with 2016 there was even a slight, but statistically significant, uptick in the rate of net membership growth. I’m not sure, though, whether that may be interpreted as a good sign. It may be that fewer members left IOPS simply because there was nothing to remind them of its existence.
In a previous blog post I’ve tried to argue that we should not yet give up. But what does this lethargy spell for IOPS? How should we understand it? Is the idea of decentralized self-management a pipe dream? Does every organization need a central committee giving out directives?
I know for a fact that the answer is, No, decentralized self-governance is definitely possible. A shining example is offered by Wikipedia. Not only is this encyclopedia written collaboratively by its users, but its policies are likewise developed collaboratively by the same users and enforced by the users, backed by democratically selected mandatees from among these users. I believe there is no principled reason why the same cannot work for IOPS.
The IOPS website can be an important forum for discussing all kinds of issues related to our vision. One of the things we must discuss is how we can make the website more lively, for which the best venue is the forum topic Reimagining IOPS – so if you have ideas, head over there. But remember that everything here depends on volunteer work. So it can only become more lively if more members participate – and not just a handful of ‘regulars’.

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  • reader 7th Jan 2018

    "... one lone Aussie wolf. "

    more like a flying mouse