This project started in September 2006, when I became a fellow at what is now the Berkman Klein Center. Our ambitions were not small.:
- To encourage development of tools by which individuals can take control of their relationships with organizations — especially in commercial marketplaces.
- To encourage and conduct research on VRM-related theories, usage of VRM tools, and effects as adoption of VRM tools takes place.
The photo above is of our first workshop, at Harvard Law School, in 2008. Here is another photo with a collection of topics discussed in breakout sessions:
Zoom in on any of the topics there (more are visible on the next photo in the album), and you will find many of them still on the table, thirteen years later. Had some prophet told us then that this would still be the case, we might have been discouraged. But progress has been made on all those fronts, and the main learning in the meantime is that every highly ambitious grassroots movement takes time to bear fruit.
One example is what we discussed in the “my red dot” breakout at the May 2007 Internet Identity Workshop (the 3rd of what next week will be our 33rd ) is now finally being done with the Byway, which is about to get prototyped by our nonprofit spin-off, Customer Commons, with help from the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington, where Joyce and I are currently embedded as visiting scholars.
Our mailing list numbers 567 members, and is active, though it won’t hog your email flow. Check out the action at that link. And, if you like, join in.
You can also join in at our next gathering, VRM Day 2021b, which happens this coming Monday, 11 October. We’ll visit our learnings thus far, and present progress and plans on many fronts, including
And we thank the BKC for its patience and faith in our project and its work.