OpenWorld is in Alpha-Phase development. We are seeking crowdsourced input for a new breed of 100% organically-determined networking with content distribution that is based on member/user elections and is free of arbitrary algorithmic manipulation and control.
OpenWorld will be an Open-Sourced professional networking, publishing, collaboration, communication, and community-management platform, with Subject-Matter-Specific Expert Q&A Forums and topic-filtered content-sharing channels.
This introductory alpha-phase website is being continually modified, even as you read, to incorporate features sufficient to launch a beta-phase real-time testing phase.
The detailed mission statement below offers a fuller explanation of the planned structure and the anticipated future actions.
There is a section on this website for prospective alpha/beta testers and general users to sign up to receive OW development updates and progress news right through to full launch. Please also see the main menu for a built-in site visitor feedback channel.
In the meantime, please feel free to submit your comments, reactions, suggestions, observations, hopes, and aspirations for OpenWorld via the Suggestions section found on the main menu.
OpenWorld (OW) is an Open-Source Collaborative Professional Networking Platform whose time has come. We are dedicated to re-creating social networking in a form that is user-centric, transparently managed, and free of gamesmanship.
OW is dedicated to enabling and supporting 100% organic online networking, transparent operation, and collaborative development and management.
OW speaks to those who are tired of having their networking efforts canceled out by arbitrary algorithmic controls that are shaped by private, undisclosed objectives.
OW does not seek to compete with other social media platforms, professionally-oriented or otherwise, but instead is working to establish portals for content native to other platforms to be shared on and distributed via OW’s developing broad-based network.
OW members and users will be able to share posts created on other platforms or on their own blog or websites into the OW networks, where distribution within its network will be controlled by the personal elections made by its members and users.
OW is being structured as a decentralized group of Regional Nodes connected to one another and to a hub, OW Central. The Regional Nodes serve as the communications portals for members and users, who can connect with one another across the platform via the network of Regional Nodes and the network hub.
Each Regional Node (RN) also serves as a portal to a Local Enterprise Center (LEC), which is effectively a networking space for authorized private, for-profit providers of consulting and other expert services (and possibly, appropriate goods) and the potential consumers of those services (and goods).
Each LEC will, in turn, be structured in accord with the specific needs and interests of the regional market of its paired RN. Thus, the LECs may differ from one another in nature and internal structure but will be available to all members and users via the general OW network.
OW will be home to a Digital Content Distribution Network (DCDN). However, a native publishing facility will not be employed. Rather, OW will share content created on other platforms via its own network to OW members and users, according to the preferences set respectively by each member or user.
OW will also serve as an aggregator for RSS or like feeds, to gather and distribute notices and links to members and users, again, according to the preferences set respectively by each recipient.
OW will also host profession- and industry-specific groups, which will be owned and managed by members at their own election. The groups will be equipped with the tools necessary to effectively grow and manage themselves in accord respectively with each group’s statement of mission and self-created rules.
OW is basically a non-profit organization. It is being developed and launched collaboratively by an international group of dedicated and expert Anchor Stakeholders.
OW will not monetize member data or information, neither by selling nor by selling access to that data or by selling lead generation. Because membership data will not be monetized, there will not be a need to restrict access to the platform, nor to game members to keep them solely on the OW platform. Therefore, links to external sites and platforms will be developed and their use encouraged in the spirit of open collaboration.
Are you looking for true affinity networking? Genuine organic reach for your writings and postings? Opportunities to brand and market your B2B or even B2C services and goods? Syndication of your blogging to a broad audience, while retaining full control of your content? Are you selling a B2C product or products? Publishing and hosting a STEM forum or chat space?
We invite you to Investigate the OW initiative and the concrete steps we’re taking to create an international collaborative platform for open and transparent, member-centric professional networking.
During this formative period, you have the opportunity potentially to affect the direction of development. So sign up to follow our progress and provide suggestions and feedback by email. We thank you for your interest and will appreciate your input.
— The OpenWorld Stakeholder Steering Group
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