How can I provide feedback?
Glad you asked. Click to the feedback thread and post directly, or you'll also find email and social media contacts there.
How do I start a new discussion?
Click "+ new topic" on the home page of the forum. One option is to enter a short post directly, posing a question or observation. Alternatively you can link to a piece somewhere else, and the site will "clip" a short extract at the top of the discussion thread.
If you have a longer piece you are interested in opening for discussion we suggest publishing on Medium, or we can host on the Rethink Fragility main site.
What's all this business about trust / access levels?
This site runs on Discourse, an open-source platform. It's a key anti-spam protection to require users to participate for a while before they can bulk post, insert large inline images, and certain other things.
For normal usage, you shouldn't notice any restrictions at all. But please let us know in the feedback thread if there are exceptions!
The community. When you "favourite" content that you think is good, it pushes it up the page. If no-one favourites it, it stays where it is. Simple.
So anybody can start a thread, or reply to one. We'll only intervene if there's something against the Guidelines, and the system will pick up spam content.
OK, but who runs the site?
Rethink Fragility is a social enterprise based in London. Our mission statement is simple -- we want to transform peer-peer learning for people working on the world's toughest problems.
You can find more about our team and legal structure here. We're bootstrapped and self-funded, so there's no hidden donor or institutional agenda behind all this.
How is this different from a Community of Practice?
Our experience with "knowledge-sharing" platforms has been pretty bad. So instead we're modelled on the truly successful user communities on the web, sites like Stack Overflow and Reddit.
That means a couple of basic design principles: Conversation that's as close to natural language as possible; lightweight techology that works pretty much anywhere in the world; and community-voting tools rather than a "moderator" making decisions. We think these make for a much more lively experience.
Lastly, of course, we're 100% independent and not affiliated with any single institution.
What about confidentiality?
You can reveal as much or as little personal information in you want in your user profile. We don't mind people posting under pseudonyms.
But if you are concerned about this, exercise common sense. Security on any platform is never 100%.