This morning I was thinking to clarify my intention for the group.
I am very interested in using "online community" as a means for helping the world become a better place. I believe we all have our own idea of making the world a better place, for me it's about giving people a way to come together and talk about ideas. A "forum" is a way to make an "online community", and all that means is we're getting together, we're doing activities together, we share a common purpose or goal, and we get to know one another while we're doing it.
I am very interested in environmental issues and electric vehicles, in case it wasn't obvious. I want to support information and discussion being shared about these issues.
I am interested in these forums being a self sufficient business which pay their own way. I have seen other times this pattern occur, where someone starts an organization, but it's donation based, they eventually lose interest, and abandon the thing they started. Heck, with one of my web sites I almost did the same thing, in that I had built a web site that is the #1 search result in its field, it was (and is) getting a lot of traffic because of that, but it was a lot of work and I was finding it frustrating not having any support ($$$) for that work. And then I found a way to have Google pay me for running the site, and that turned my interest around.
I am alarmed with the news a couple weeks ago that the wild life in the ocean will probably disappear in 50 years, due to over fishing and growing pollution. I am alarmed that my tax dollars and gasoline dollars are going to support a stupid and illegal war in the middle east. I am alarmed that our freedom to choose the kind of vehicle we want to drive is taken away from us because the big car companies want to keep us addicted to oil.
I love the idea of people taking matters into their own hands and building their own things that fit their dreams.
I have a long history with the Internet. I have been using the Internet and other related systems since 1985 or 1986, I've kind of forgotten when I first got connected to it. I have worked in the silicon valley tech industry for a long time.
I see my role as supporting the group to have a voice, to discuss together, to share ideas.