Wow, this is the big problem and challenge. That's the reason some online communities also have their offline events.

Several years ago, I joined and cofounded several online non-profit communities. For example, the TEDtoChina community which supports the TEDx local communities around in China. Also, Creative Commons China, etc.

This type of online communities has a clear vision and online activities, they have their brand, sometimes they adopted open brand licenses from global organizations such as TED. They worked like a non-profit organization, but an online group.

Of cause, this group of people are geeks and change makers. They are not majority. They can collaborate with each other.

As a member of this group, I often were asked about this type of online collaborate by mass media reporters. They just couldn't understand online collaborations.

Finally, I accepted that there are two worlds.

Oliver Ding

Founder of CALL(Creative Action Learning Lab), information architect, knowledge curator.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store