|The Formula of Community
|The Hamster Effect
Early on in my quest for the "Formula of Community" (starting in 1992) I reached out to every aspect of my community that I could reach. I did this openly and with unveiled trust at first. There were two main objectives back then:
I have long held to the philosophy that "if something doesn't work; do something else". I then started looking beneath the surface of the veneer we call community. Out of that effort grew a great revelation. Over time and the more I observed, the more I understood how comminutes really functioned or more importantly didn't function and to this day I am still working with the subtleties of what I would eventually call
"The Hamster Effect"and it would become a fundamental building block in the Formula of Community.
It was the knowledge of this great force that allowed me to defeat the ISP Channel and their plans. It is what (when disclosed) to some Microsoft people (and they tested it) that convince them to abandon a community project they were looking at.
I like to have fun with things and I have now come to define the "Hamster Effect" as a Zen thing. I must become one with the hamster for that is how I and the hamster will evolve.
And the Hamsters must evolveFor some time I have been refining the "Hamster Effect" story and breaking it down into chapters around my direct experiences. It is actually a complex thing in it's nuances. I will reveal more soon. - Dave