I collaborate on technology, research, and communities which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. I'm a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab Center for Civic Media and an affiliate at the Berkman-Klein Center at Harvard.
Our Things is a simple messaging and analytics platform for coordinating community use of a shared resource, such as a well, oven, or laundry machine.
The analytics is incredibly important; in addition to knowing about the current status of a shared resource, we can use knowledge about usage patterns to make better decisions.
By making a feed of previous activities available via iCal, Our Things helps communities compare actual usage of a shared resource against usage anticipated by those who have made reservations.