By Ryan McGreal
Published September 16, 2009
As at this writing, there are now 300 posted comments across the two RTH articles and three blog entries on the Connaught redevelopment - and almost none of them are trolls!
The spontaneous nature, intense interest and broad-based agreement that have characterized this movement have been remarkable to witness, from the largely civil discussion to the letter-writing campaign to TV news coverage to the offline meetup planned for tomorrow evening.
It has suggested, at least to me, a role for RTH as not only a community resource for news and arguments, but also as a platform for civic action.
Much of the spontaneous organizing around the Connaught has taken place within the comments section on RTH - a pretty poor and ad hoc platform for organizing.
How much more comprehensive and effective would this have been with an actual organizing infrastructure?
Another question: if I were to establish an open source project to develop or adapt such a platform, would anyone be willing to help realize it and put it into operation?
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