Crossforum refers to something that covers or extends across multiple forums.
Crossforum theatre refers to the idea of visually presenting a real-time view of all collaborative governance or other democratic activities in various useful ways. Technically it is a user interface (UI) layer over top of the facilities that support these activities. The first instance (still in early developement stage) is running here. Further information can be found at http://zelea.com/project/votorola/a/crossforum/.
This allows for cross project aggregation of facilities. As a free floating UI layer, Crossforum Theatre can extend across the facilities of multiple technical projects, and thus to help aggregate them into a single network or system. Further information can be found on the standardization page.
Use case for the crossforum:
- Peter logs into the crossforum and immediately the show begins. All the events since his last visit start to unfold in rapid replay.
- To first get an overview, he turns up the speed of the show and zooms the geographical map out to global view. "Wow, lots of activity in Africa over the last 2 weeks!" The newsfeed left to the map shows messages like:
- Poll X has gathered another 1000 voters. Total: 1 200 000 voters.
- Greenpeace asks its members to support position B in poll X.
- Poll W has reached 80% consensus with 7,6 Mill. voters so far.
- The German Conservative Party incorporates the consensus of poll Y into its party-program.
- He switches the map to issue-based view and plays the show again. "Aha, most activity in global polls around climate change."
- He now activates the "interest-filter" which he had configured last time and plays the show one more time. Now only the polls he is interested in and eligible to vote in are displayed. Of course, the messages in the newsfeed get more and more specific, e.g.
- You lost 3 votes in poll Y.
- 5 more posts in the discussion about your position in poll Z.
- The candidate you are voting for in poll Z has changed her position.
- A new poll V you might be interested in has started.
- He is indeed interested and clicks on it. The map zooms now into this sole poll. He sees that the poll is running in 4 different voting tools already. His favorite tool T3 is also among them (otherwise he would probably have started the poll there himself). It has already 60 votes for 5 different positions. Position P2 is not bad, but he cannot really agree to it. He looks at the positions emerging in the 3 other tools and indeed finds a really good one. So he pulls it over to tool T3 and after a few minor changes he makes it his own position. (The voting tool he has chosen here works on the basis of "communicative delegation" for consensus building. Below are other examples.)
- He could now wait for people to vote for him, but why not additionally try and see, if some collaboration with Lucie, the author of P2 is possible? After all, they are not so much apart. So he delegates his vote to her, which automatically causes a message be sent to her: "User Peter has voted for you and proposes the following improvements x,y,z."
- Peter also sees, in which forum Lucie is discussing her position with her voters, so he goes there and explains his ideas.
- Other users, either new to this poll or from other delegation trees within the poll, see all this activity here in their theatre, get interested and join in.
- Until Lucie answers his points, Peter zooms over to poll Z.
- Here he prefers to use tool T2, which uses a phase-divided process for consensus-building.
- The newsfeed tells him, that the voting phase has started and his proposal from last round is heavily debated in forum F3 ... so he joins the discussion.
- After that he votes for his and several other good ideas.
- While waiting for the next phase in this tool and poll to start, he takes a look at poll Y.
- It is a pretty mature poll. The question is being worked on across 7 different voting tools and all have found a consensus of at least 80% within their group of users. But all 7 solutions differ more or less from each other. So its time to establish some connections between the tools. In some cases its easy: e.g. if the consensus of the whole group is being represented by the end-candidate of their delegation tree. He can now reach out to other groups/tools, join their processes ...