Another collaborative networks example. If you consider reporting “designing the news,” then this might be a useful case study. What I find important here is the invitation and mechanisms for citizen involvement. Not tokenism!
“It’s easy to disconnect from school. Other things come in the way and they are all huge priorities,” says doctoral student Dohrea Bardell. “To maintain focus, you need people around you to constantly remind you.”
Read this article with the perspective of designing with and getting support from your network. Sometimes I think it is a bit harder to see how design networks really function. This is an example where the network exists for a variety of purposes, and it can be activated for design work - in this case designing courses. It is a bit subtler than crowdfunding. And the networks themselves (in their various forms - tight communities, communities of practice, loose networks) offer benefit time and again over time.