In contrasting the collaborative project Apps for Democracy and the LA Times’ 2005 Wiki editorial experiment, Clay Shirky, highlights keys to success for open collaboration.
1. You’re engaging in open collaboration because of the possibilities. Don’t over manage the process and create too many rules.
2. Give participants space to participate and be as creative as possible. (Users never do what program designers want or expect. That is what makes a project successful.)
3. The more you take credit in advance for future success, the less likely that future success will be.
I may be missing one or two more comments. Is anyone else on Govloop at this conference today? If so, did you happen to catch the other elements of success Clay mentioned?