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Roles in collaboration

In an envisioned mass collaboration, there are often a lot of people involved. One simple way to think about this is to divide the participants in a mass collaboration into three levels. Each level is about ten times bigger than the previous one.

  1. (10) Collaborators: Those who are actively cocreating the strategy, tending to the platform, and making the system work for everyone else
  2. (100) Contributors: Those who add value to the system, but don't necessarily concern themselves with how the system works
  3. (1000) Followers: Those who read, watch, and generally benefit from the collaboration, but don't necessarily add any value

This structure isn't the same for every mass collaboration, but gives you an idea of how to think about the different roles that participants play.