I wanted to let you know about a platform/infrastructure I am trying to inspire. This idea has been buzzing for months, but it finally came together in my head. Here’s a quick post about it:
The Junto is just the conversation platform, but everything is built upon it. We launched the alpha prototype on Friday night, and without “advertising it”, we had nine of us in there live on video, and about 500 people in the backchannel watching.
People are already writing blog post reviews of it:
I think this could be huge, but there needs to be a way to be certain it remains open source and free and distributed. There needs to be a new infrastructure built to distribute the bandwidth of the video streaming. I don’t really understand the technical aspects of this, but there needs to be some kind of alternative internet structure to run this, but I see it. It starts with a 3D conversation interface, where we interact in a floating space similar to the look of the Virtual Choir, and the only components it needs is a live video stream of the people, data visualization (a la Pivot), a way to record the conversations, and an AI to parse and summarize the conversations so they’re searchable.
All the components already exist, we just have to put them together, and it needs to be a global cooperative effort.
The interface is like a 3D landscape of conversations, with 2 people engaged in dialogue, and an “audience” (backchannel) of people around them listening in or taking turns to speak. The individual in the conversation has a view something like shown below. When the conversation itself is the focus, the 2 video boxes are center stage on screen. When a document or shared whiteboard or concept is the focus, the video boxes shift to the side, and the item of discussion becomes center stage. The entire platform is a concept/idea generation engine.
Personal profiles are generated by the contents of your conversations and the people you’re talking to. There is no ability or need for assertion – you are what you talk about and what you do and who you talk to. Profiles are data visualizations generated by your actions.
There’s more, but we’re talking about a microfinance platform on top and a virtual currency system. This is disruptive.
If you can help me, please contact me.
Emily Cunningham said:
Love it! —> “Profiles are data visualizations generated by your actions.” Glad that ‘Me, We, and Junto’ is adding to the conversation of this collaborative effort. I enjoyed reading ‘Playing Junto’ as well. This is so exciting!!!
Tim, I hope you respond.
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monika hardy said:
Big for business, but also big for education. This is huge for teachers/professors/students creating personal learning environments outside their classrooms.
This is already piecing so many great and available aspects together… very innovative and valuable mash-up.
Ruth Howard said:
Yes Monica,Vanessa and ebiidiis, directing his conversation towards educators who have been regularly gathering in Ning, Steve Hardagon has responded to the new Ning leadership. These changes in the social landscape serve as reminders that this corporate model cannot serve communities anything like a globally open peer sharing model. Of course I was thinking of your emergent Junto project, Steve himself will have a better idea… you might pop into his meeting?
Steve Hardagon writes to Classroom 2.0 Educators-
“The news this past week of changes to Ning’s financial model, based on an internal memo and then confirmed on their blog, is reasonably causing concern in the education community. Ning has facilitated a pretty historic change in the connecting of educators, often in self-directed ways, through the ability to “create your own social network.”
I’ve set up a live Elluminate session for today, Tuesday, April 20th, at 5pm Pacific Daylight Time (US) / 8pm Eastern Daylight Time (US) / 12am Wednesday GMT, to talk about this. We’ll use the FutureofEducation.com Elluminate room: log in at http://tr.im/futureofed. I’ll open up the room 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early, and we’ll run as long as is needed. To make sure that your computer is configured for Elluminate, please visit http://www.elluminate.com/support.
While Ning won’t be announcing their pricing or policy changes until May 4th, they have implied that there may no longer be the ability to create networks that are free in return for advertising on them; and that while they are interested in supporting the education community, their educational programs will likely change as well. In addition to the (appropriate) venting which I’m sure will come up tonight, this meeting is a chance for us to define what we hope Ning will consider as they think about the education arena–including not just pricing, but issues like data portability. We’ll also, I’m pretty sure, be hearing from many as to what potential alternatives there are to Ning and how to determine an appropriate path should Ning’s education offerings not be attractive.
I hope you’ll consider joining us tonight. I’ll try to make sure everything we do is documented on the http://www.EducationalNetworking.com wiki, and will post the recording from the event tonight on the front page there so that if you are not able to attend you can play or download the recording.
Michael J said:
Two datapoints to get on people’s radar:
1. http://ilnk.me/243b < Tim Berners-Lee to Head Up Institute of Web Science in U.K. as Britain Goes for Broke on the Web
If anyone has some weak links or good friends entangled with these folks it might be a way to get on his radar.
2. http://ilnk.me/243d < Maryland First State in Union to Pass Benefit Corporation Legislation
So my take is that there are Actors in those Activity Spaces that are ready to encourage some new very cool thing. Junto fills that bill.
If B Corp is interesting, then it opens the possibility to angel money. From where I sit, I think it would be cool if hs dropout factories and many non profits incorporated as B Corps to get out of the motion stopping conflicts between earning money and serving the public good.
At any rate, maybe the Junto notion will be a strange attractor for money, in addition to it's demonstrated ability to attract lots of talent from all across the planet.
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I’m with Emily – I love the idea that profiles are generated by your actions. Meaning face to face conversations have the potential to dismantle the personas we have built on the web so far. Implications for concept/idea generation. Disruptive indeed!
Perhaps an invited junto with Tim (and others who can help) is just what’s needed to solve the technical and financial obstacles to allow scale.
Call to action, accept only if ready for surprise:
@aquarious @VenessaMiemis would #Junto 0.01 hold heavy load? Could help people coordinating around volcano. http://bit.ly/9N3YjS H/T @mbjorn
Actually any alpha version would do that you trust will keep up with a firestorm of activity, once you offer it on twitter using #ashtag and the like. Trust the powers of self-organization will find workable ways.
Neal Gorenflo said:
You forgot to cc Obama 😉
Franis Engel said:
I’m going to tell my David Bohm dialogue group about this Junto idea! A new techno-variation of doing the Dialogos thing?
Tom Arlington said:
This is going to be the true Web 3.0! Synergistic innovation at it’s best.
Thanks for seeing this. Right now you have three choices:
1. Must read article by Iqbal Quadir (in #bmgen) on business models that bring social change http://bit.ly/aen5Xk /via @business_design #Junto
2. @SAlhir RT @McKQuarterly: What Matters: Business as the engine for social change, by Mindy Lubber of @CeresNews http://bit.ly/c9uLS5 #swf10 #socent
3. How to ” aikido the whole community into the gift economy.” P2P Foundation http://bit.ly/9OixXI
To save time , read only the first. I like it most.
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