Tim O’Reilly blogs about Four Big Ideas About Open Source, the first of which is the architecture of participation, which Wikipedia describes as “the nature of systems that are designed for user contribution, such as open source and Wikipedia itself.” The stub article continues, “The phrase has come to define one of the key elements of what’s been called Web 2.0, which describes the collection of companies, technologies and projects that are designed around the culture and economics of openness.”
Naturally, I’m reading all this and thinking about Church 2.0 and saying it too deserves the “architecture of participation” where everyone is invited to contribute, and at any level. (And what a fabulous turn of phrase, by the way.) Paul assumed this, so it’s quite a shame that we should actually need to recover this characteristic. Church 2.0, bring it on.