paul johnston

This is not a suggestion, but more of a question – is bigger always better? I know that sitting drinking beer by yourself is a bit sad and that it is better to have a party and that 40 person party is generally better than a 10 person party (although it depends), but in parties you certainly hit a law of diminishing returns at some point (probably before 100 and certainly before 1000 although perhaps the Carnival in Rio is an exception!). Somehow I think what you need are both smallish communities that are sufficiently intimate for people to really do stuff together and bridges between communities that keep things fresh and help avoid group think. Not quite sure how you do that, but perhaps something to think about.