I haven’t stopped in here much lately but posted in my blog this evening (on a topic to be detested by many here) and saw the tweet linking to it from P3 come up. I wandered by and saw almost the identical topics that were here last time I visited. I didn’t even note many new comments in the threads that I’d read. I was going to go to the open thread and ask if both the publishers and the audience are losing interest and saw that there were comments in the “It’s your Planet!” section and clicked on that.Martin says that he’s “a bit disappointed, half jokingly, that [Mr. Greer hasn't] found this place earlier.” I wonder what can be done to spread the site’s influence farther and make it more active. I haven’t gone to Alexa to assess its activity (not my job, you know?) but it feels like it’s … dying a bit. I know that I haven’t contributed articles as I told Michael I would at one point, so the blame rests in part with me. I seem to have enough trouble coming up with topics (and the time to pursue them) in my blog. And though my readership is tiny, keeping it up is important to me.
I would suggest that, for those who are interested in this site, we put our heads together to find ways to keep it fresh and active. I’d commit to some number of proposed articles per month but I’d likely be over-promising. But I find it an interesting enough site that it would sadden me to see it atrophy so I’d like to find some way to contribute to which I could commit and follow through.
Maybe my perception is off, if so, I’ll be glad to hear it.
Thanks, Rob. Let me reassure everyone who may be wondering that I am doing fine; better, indeed, than in years.
And for those who actually enjoy and/or appreciate my writing, I am happy to promise that despite the recent hiatus, there is more to come. (*)
But the mission of the Planet3.0 site is less clear.
Dan has put together some novel WordPress features that would enable a multi-author site. That is, we have a setup where authors can set moderation rules for their own threads without getting sitewide privileges. I can see this space being worthy of exploration.
But essentially, we haven’t really succeeded in creating a large enough community to sustain either the content (except inosfar as I keep blogging) or the community. And many of the things we’d hoped to do or considered doing have emerged elsewhere at least insofar as our core climate interests are concerned: Skeptical Science, The Conversation, the Climate Change National Forum, reddit climate, InsideClimate, and of course the continuing stalwart efforts of RealClimate. I’d also like to call your attention to the mostly excellent Global Warming Fact of the Day Facebook group where I have been hanging out of late. (I’m currently being called a denier there, though, which is peculiar, so ymmv.)
Some questions for y’all:
What other notable efforts are there to build a responsible conversation about the future?
How can we effectively discuss a world where climate is one of an array of existential threats, every one of which we need to address?
What role, if any, should Planet3.0 play in the current internet context? What other internet-based projects can we contemplate to advance public understanding and engagement in the complexities we face?
(*) – more to come, definitely, but possibly on some other URL…