@curious-ideation , I jive with your wariness! I def am down to grow, or scale or what-haves, and I def. want 'non-technical' people on here (I am one myself)--but so often growth is synonymous with monopolization. e.g.: you haven't really scaled until every single person is using you in the way you designed, and you've fully replaced some older platform. That feels like wanting supremacy and power, not wanting a helpful tool.
I like your framing of small groups, @dominic , and it reminds me of the comedy scene I came up in. That scene might be a useful illustration for SSB.
And so, short story!!:
I grew up in Olympia, Washington--which is a small college town about an hour south of Seattle. Seattle has a comedy scene, but it was intimidating to try the open mics there because the city was so big, and there was 'big-time comedians' doing the same mic as you. There was a mental hurdle in thinking you could be on that same big stage.
Luckily, Olympia had open mics--and these ended up being styled after the mics people had seen in other cities. There was no specific place or organization that had to run the mic, rather there was a set of learned processes make the mic run well. So a bunch of us started doing comedy multiple nights a week, and since it was a small college town, we got an audience of folk looking for something kinda odd and unique. So we developed our own style of comedy that had it's own style of community, and we were proud of both.
Seattle comedians would come down to Oly to try out the mics, and some got infatuated with our specific style. They could find their way in our spaces easily enough, since they followed the same basic methods of comedy nights in the bigger cities, but our specific interpretation of these methods were charming in a way. And so some of the bigger comedians would invite us up to the Seattle shows. We'd travel as a group to this other community, perform at these other comedy spaces, and make friends with more people in this larger city. In this way, I came from a small group of comedians, but our network grew to interact with this other slightly larger group. I had the culture instilled in me from my own community, but a network that extended beyond that. This network soon grew to include Portland and New York City (and now possibly Wellington)--and each of these cities had their own specific styles and culture, but people knew how to interact and share connected spaced together through the methods of comedy.
This would not work if there was only a single comedy club we all had to go to, or if there was a chain of comedy clubs that all followed the same standard decided by some central agency, and so no group could really prosper unless they fit this designated style. Our community grew out of nowwhere because we had access to methods, that we coudl use in our own spaces.
In the same way, I think the important thing would be to give methods in which to start an SSB community, and invite whoever you want to this in whatever way you want. Then, you may meet other folks who are also on SSB, but part of a circle you've never interacted with. When the two of you become friends, your circles start to merge at the point of your connection (in the same way a band rises up in their local scene, but still has a network of cities in which to tour). I think private groups are needed in addition to all of this, because you still want to have the intimate space to talk to your original crew that exists within this unique network of extended friendship you've created.
Does that make sense? I might have done a lunchtime ramble here.
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