Pods

Here we discuss the creation of a new form of writing and research community that Mike Caulfield called a __Pod__. Other names for such groups are research group, learning pods, cells, or happening.

Note: I've just come across this writing from 19 months ago, and it is fascinating how strikingly similar it is to how I personally have been thinking and writing for a number of years now. Personal note to self - contact Mike about doing this as a small easy collaboration - Pod Club maybe?

Wiki was founded to find a new language of work constructed from the experiences of skilled practitioners. But it was more than a "community of practice" because it left a written record to influence outside of that community.

Federated wiki uses internet technology twenty years more recent to enable lasting intervention in our thoughts of work and life. But how are its communities, neighborhoods we call them, to be formed? To what ends should we will convene new communities of purpose?

We can assemble small neighborhoods artificially by managing a Roster of participants. This has specific application in institutional education where it becomes the class roster. The goal of the class would be to master the material in the syllabus. But it has other applications as well.

## Active Reading Pods

For the coming Happening, we imagine pods of active readers supplementing existing Wikipedia articles with additional materials, gloss, and insights with the help of a Pod Leader.

A pod will be successful when it organizes reasoned thought about important issues. Pod members have an obligation to research and reflect within the constraints of its charter.

Charters need not be forever. A strength of federated wiki is sites can be left but they are never abandoned. The record of one community's reflection becomes material for the next community to repurpose and remix.

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