December 8, 2000

Sohodojo and Communities of the Future announce Open Source partnership

Author: JT Smith

Sohodojo and Communities of the Future today announced their partnership in founding the Center for Open Source Collaboration Technologies. The Center is an Applied R&D Lab and Study Center chartered to develop and facilitate the application of Open Source collaboration technologies within 'Small is Good' Business Webs in urban and rural communities seeking a sustainable future.

The Center for Open Source Collaboration Technologies is a 'node' in the Communities of the Future Network. As a Network node, the Center for Open Source Collaboration Technologies will work closely with such prestigious Network members as the New Democracy Center of the Blacksburg Electronic Village and the Center for the Digital Economy at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

"We are fortunate to join with Sohodojo in opening the Center for Open Source Collaboration Technologies," said Rick Smyre, President of Communities of the Future, "There is great synergy between Sohodojo's ideas of the nanocorp and 'small is good' business webs and Communities of the Future's interest in developing capacities for transformation and process leadership within rural and urban communities seeking a sustainable future."

"Sohodojo has an innovative 'Big Picture' research and development agenda related to role/actor executable business model technologies," said Jim Salmons, co-founder and Co-Host of Sohodojo, "We'll be doing some very original framework development work, initially under a project called 'The Nanocorp Game', an exploratory learning environment and sandbox for our developers."

"But we are also 'ruthlessly simple' pragmatists," said Timlynn Babitsky, co-founder and Co-Host of Sohodojo, "We intend to work initially with Communities of the Future in the selection, integration and documentation of existing 'Best of Breed' Open Source collaboration technologies to support the evolution of the COTF Network web sites and their constellations of project subsites."

Open Source developers, entrepreneurial free agents, small business entrepreneurs and community activists interested in the vision and research agenda of Sohodojo, Communities of the Future and the Center for Open Source Collaboration Technologies are encouraged to explore our web sites and contact us at techsig@sohodojo.com describing your interest. You do not need to be a developer to get involved in our wide-ranging research and development projects.

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-Jim Salmons

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