RE: [unrev-II] Email based on invitation & introduction

From: Dennis E. Hamilton (
Date: Tue Apr 03 2001 - 13:33:06 PDT

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    In "Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years of Computing" edited by Peter
    Denning and Bob Metcalfe, there is a chapter by Fernando Flores on "The
    Leaders of the Future." (Full citations at under [Flores97].) It
    addresses models for powerfully forwarding cooperative projects through
    rigorous communication.

    I have applied some of those ideas in managing my own projects through
    communication. It seems to me that Introduction is a way of creating
    relatedness and finding common purpose. I endorse that. Invitation would
    be a request, in the Flores model, I think. I find no need for a rejection
    notice. An interaction or project works or it doesn't, corrections are put
    in or they aren't. If something isn't working, then alterations in the
    relationship occur, and new arrangements are made based on what the parties
    can count on each other for (or not) as part of moving ahead. This can
    include cessation of a project and finding an alternative arrangement,
    perhaps excluding one of the parties.

    If there is some sort of peer-review or other assessment of how well certain
    individuals deliver in various areas, I would want that to be done by some
    means like what they look for on sourceXchange and other brokering systems
    for bringing people and projects together.

    Sometimes, structures for rigorous communication can seem cold-hearted. My
    sense is that these are applied most powerfully inside a view of the world
    where everyone's contribution matters and there is commitment and alignment
    around a common purpose out of which every participant will receive value.
    And there are times when an arrangement is not working or there are
    conflicting agendas. I have found it powerful to use these structures to
    identify that rather than attempting to drag a load of unidentified and
    heavy baggage along.

    -- Dennis

    AIIM DMware Technical Coordinator
    AIIM DMware
    ODMA Support
    Dennis E. Hamilton tel. +1-425-793-0283 fax. +1-425-430-8189

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Eric Armstrong []
    Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 13:32
    To: unrev2
    Subject: [unrev-II] Email based on invitation & introduction

    Back in the old days (before I had grown up) introductions
    were everything. You did business with someone *after*
    being introduced to them -- and probably *only* if you
    were introduced by someone the person trusted.

    Clubs, too, were important part of the contact-process.
    We could kill spam in a heartbeat with a system that
    modeled these two systems.

      A special message arrives that includes an introduction.

      If the recipient trusts the sender, then clicking a
      single button adds the address(es) on the list to the
      list of recognized contacts.

      If two people are both one a mailing list, one can
      send an invitation to the other to initiate a
      dialog. Doing so puts the recipient on the sender's
      list of recognized contacts. If the recipient accepts
      the invitation, the sender is placed on the recipient's
      list of recognized contacts.

      Being thrown out of a club (thrown off a list) would
      cause a "rejection letter" to go out to all members of
      the list. The letter would be ignored by anyone who
      did not have the malfeasant on their contact list. Anyone
      who did have that person as a contact would receive a
      message. Clicking a button would then remove that person
      from the recognized contact list.

    A system with such characteristics would undoubtedly go
    a long way towards returning a degree of civility to the
    internet. It would promote civil discourse and politeness,
    by making it impossible to contact anyone who does not
    wish to be contacted.

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