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DRC-NY Listserv Proposal

June 15, 2009

NYC-DR Listserv Proposal

The original blog posting on this issue is [here] with many comments posted within the posting

[Here] is an update on this “Web 2.Oh!?! issue

As my follow up to the recent NYC-DR listserv cavalcade of comments, I thought I would post a separate posting on Maria Volpe’s (the listserv administrator) comments as well as mine. As mentioned [here], there are two issues. The first is the people’s opinions to the original post. I will not go into this issue but rather issue two is what seems to be rocking the foundation of the listserv that has been around since 2001. Some people like the numerous replies to a topic while others feel the listserv is not the place to be inundated with dozens of emails. They signed up to get information, not people’s opinions.
Maria’s method to handle this is as follows:
Proposed strategy: Between now and the next monthly NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast on July 2nd,
[1] Solicitation of feedback: please send me your thoughts about facilitating information exchange and discussion among those interested in dispute and conflict resolution, peacemaking, facilitation, dialogue, restorative justice, violence prevention, social justice and related fields in the New York City metropolitan area. Send your emails to me at not the listserv
[2] Feedback analysis: all responses that are sent by July 1st will be collected and analyzed;
[3] Informal discussion: after the NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast on July 2nd at 10am, everyone who is interested in participating in an informal brainstorming discussion about options is invited to join in [by the way, the July speaker will be Camilo Azcarate, Manager of Mediation Services at the World Bank];
[4] Listserv Update: relevant information will be posted on the listserv shortly after the July 2nd meeting.
In sum, between now and July 2nd, please send me your thoughts about managing the communication process. Your feedback will be shared with the group on July 2nd. The easiest way to respond to me is to press reply or write to

My humble opinion is there is a benefit in moving the listserv to another platform. Moving the listserv to a web based platform like how a blog (but not an actual blog!) is set up I think might get everyone to a win-win resolution. Using the platform similar to a blog, everyone can sign up and receive comments the same exact way they currently do. Here is the big change. The new platform will allow people to post their comments directly to the topic. Anyone else can then post their comments to the original topic OR the already listed comments.
Still with me? (Drum roll please) and here comes my version of the win-win resolution.

Part I- you can sign up to the new format of the listserv and get only emails of new topics. This is the same as you were doing it always nothing changes.
Part II- You can visit the new format by going to a website address. You no longer have to be a subscriber.
Part III- Options of subscribing. You can subscribe to the new version of the listserv the following ways:
1) Just receive topic posts
2) Sign up to individual topics to receive notification each time someone comments.
To go further in point 2- it allows many more options. How? Here are some examples:

Logan visits the web address occasionally to see what has been posted. He gets to see news and trainings and also he gets to read some comments. He receives no emails.
Kara subscribed to the new format to be notified of every new topic posted. She likes getting up to date information on what’s going on and subscribing to the news, training and articles posted by a reliable source is important to her.
Ignatius is not signed up like Logan and during a random visit, has a really strong opinion on a topic posted. He posts his comment and moves on.

Danielle is signed up like Kara and also like Ignatius, has a really strong opinion on a topic posted. She posts her comment and moves on.
Franco is signed up to receive emails of each topic posting. One topic in particular he found interesting and posted a comment. He signed up to be notified of future comments and now is engaged in a beneficial conversation with his peers.
Veronica is not a listserv subscriber but loves the back and forth comments on a certain topic so she subscribes to that particular topic AND comments. Anytime anyone responds to the topic she will now receive an email.
Tenzin is not on the listserv found a topic of interest, found the comments interesting and now has moved on.
I have attempted to post each possible point of view, and how the new system can meet each of those view points. I believe that each reader fits into the role of Logan, Kara, Ignatius, Danielle, Franco, Veronica or Tenzin. The new proposed format even allows you to change in between those options. Real life or the old Web 1.0 does not allow that!
If this did not make sense, check this link for a chart version of the proposal.

Everything changes. Nothing stays the same. Let’s look at this issue together and try to move forward together. The listserv in its current format I think might be part of the old way of doing things. There are many interests in such a large group. The current format is not accommodating everyone and with new technology presenting itself since the listserv’s founding almost eight years ago, why not embrace this new technology to advance our great group?
If any of this is confusing, I will happily answer any questions. Of course another option, which I think is reasonable as well, is to just leave it as is!