[Freedombox-discuss] Who's interested in project management & collaboration tools? And...

Miles Fidelman mfidelman at meetinghouse.net
Sun Aug 5 01:25:31 UTC 2012

.... where are they and how do I get their attention?

Hi Folks,

A lot of folks here are involved in using/developing technology to 
support various forms of networked collaboration, with particular 
leanings toward open, decentralized approaches.   So I wonder if I might 
solicit opinions on the following.....

I've been working on some open source software to support virtual teams
and projects - putting some of the experiences and techniques I've
acquired over the years into code - and I'm trying to gather some
support via Kickstarter.

The thing is, I'm having a very hard time getting people to even visit
the project's web page - so far, only about 300 people have visited the
Kickstarter page, despite some serious attempts to spread the word
across various email lists, twitter, and so forth.

It's one thing if people were looking at the page and not contributing,
but I can't even seem to get people's attention - which suggestions one
or more of four things:

- nobody cares about project management (I hope this isn't the case - I
know administrivia isn't sexy, but an awful lot of people are working on
an awful lot of projects, and getting buried in mountains of paper,
email, phone calls, texts, meetings, and yellow stickies.  I sure know
that I'm always looking for ways to declutter that side of my life)

- I'm not reaching people who care.

- I'm reaching people, but not getting their attention.

- I'm reaching people, getting their attention, but not providing enough
motivation to go the next step and click their mouse (on


So... I'd really welcome any feedback on the questions who cares about
project management & collaboration tools, how to reach them, and what
might motivate them enough to take a look at what I'm doing?

Thanks very much,

Miles Fidelman

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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