Firstly its a hard problem to secede at.
Lets look at my experience.
* Understood a problem
* Found a opening to push through a solution to this problem
* Created a technical project to solve this problem
* Started to create a social way of implementing this technical project
Realised this couldn’t be done with out both funding and a core crew.
Found a nucleolus of a core crew and started fund-raising
With out funding we wasn’t able to expand the core crew and the fund raising took a very long time as the funders still had not realised that the was a problem, then they did start to understand that the might be a problem, then had no understanding the technical solution. Because of this the funding was delayed by 3 years and thus the nucleus crew splintered.
The funding finally was agreed and the nucleolus crew was refreshed, but another year went past before the funding was transferred and the project could be set in motion, this damaged the new nucleus crew and blocked the expansion to a full functional crew over this time. So the funding was in place but the was a dysfunctional nucleus crew and no full crew in view, we were actually exorcised before we started.
At this stage, the problem had changed that we were trying to solve, the opening to push it through was closing too fast for the technical solution we had fund raised for to have any hope of working. We needed to both re-think the problem and the technical solution, but we could not do this in a functional way because the project had started (with a broken nucleus rather than a full team) and taken on a momentum and life of its own.
A year working really hard running the project was wasted because we did not actually have the team to secede and we had no way to bring them on-board as the project was over this time visible incoherent and obversely would not fit the limited closing opening that we were failing to fill. After a year I was adamant that the whole project should STOP!!! before all the work/funding was waisted. Sadly and distressingly the was no real affinity core left at that stage and the project had a life of its own and become lose of any core direction. We were drifting into NGO periphery of training and outreach not balanced by functioning core tech building, the failer of the core tech project left this potentuly useful work nothing for the training outreach work to settle on.
When the main funding run out the project accelerated into falling to pieces.
The outcome wasn’t all bad:
* We trained lots of video makers who went onto work in NGO's
* We created a LOT of media and covered most of the core activism over the 4 years.
* We supported many key social change issues over the time.
* We learned how to fail at building tech projects.
* I learned how to secede at building tech teams (power at Balcome fracking protest camp)
* The is still a seed budget left over put aside for tech development to re-boot a new team/project.
* We have a new project ready to go.
To sum up can we re-boot this? leaning from our failer? Gather a core crew built on the experience of this failed project, the is still a crying need and an opening gap to push a technical/social solution into. We have part of the technology to build the project to fill the gap and some seed money to put it into motion. Looking around for a core crew.