I woke up with a dream!!

A wise man once said "I have a dream" And I'm way to modest to claim my dream is as important. However I very much like to share it with you!

Yesterday I had a long and intense phonecall with Thomas.
He convinced me he is open for change!

Now I have a dream about Ecademy and I hope many of you have simmilar dreams and want to share it with me.

First let's have a look at what we have...

If I look at social / business networks, This is what I see:

Linkedin = huge, unpersonal and it is difficult to get in touch with new people. (the treshold to contact a complete stranger is high.)

Facebook = Even bigger, you can contact anyone yet it has almost no business conversations whatsoever.

Plaxo, = just boring

Hyves = just Holland

Xing = only for Germans

Etc. Etc.

Ecademy is functionally still the best platform I have seen, yet it can become much better if we chose to.

At the moment the management team in the UK is spending it's time selling memberships as oposed to building a better network every day, Why is that?

I'll answer in a few lines, but first let me say this:

Clearly nu club, foundation, business or community can survive without an income stream.
If I join any club, for bridge, swimming, dancing, no matter what everybody feels it is normal to pay a monthly membership fee.

Now when I look at Social business networking all of a sudden everyone wants all sorts of services without paying a bean. Howcome?, Why? I think this is strange!

If the uk management team would not have to worry about generating an income stream to pay for Servers, hosting, customer service, functional development etc etc. they could completely focus on servicing the membership, thinking of new and better functionality, etc. etc.

(please keep on reading, I will get to the point soon!)

If we could change the way Ecademy is managed, funded and exploited by both the members and the management, perhaps we can fulfill my dream!

The Ecademy I would like to see roughly looks like this:

The best social business platform in the world.
The most commited members in the world who spread the cost of maintaining the system amongst each other. (perhaps by everybody paying at least € 15,00 euro per month) ( so maybe all at least updrade to powernetworker)
The best social and business events organised all over the world by participating members.
Constant improvement of functionality,
Constant improvement of service.
Constant imput from members on how to do better tomorrow
Enough funding (income stream generated through membership fees and advertising) to fund constant functional development.

Creation of a board of advisers selected by election to assist the management team on strategy and development ( the management will keep in charge)
The creation of a board of supervisors to keep the management sharp and focussed)

The creation of a creative team to think about What it will take to still be the best social business networking platform in the world in 5 years from now.

And the contribution of everyone in this powerful network to become the best!

( and now my questions to you all!!)

I'm just a hard working entrepreneur in Holland with maybe a vision, maybe a large network, and maybe a very healthy business, but however Great I might think I am, Together we are much better!

I'd like to challenge all members to think about the following questions:

What could the management do to improve customer service?
What could the management do to improve functionality
What could the management do to get better global coverage of the network?
What could the management do to make Ecademy greener and more sustainable?

How could the members help them fund all this?
How could the members help them execute all this?
How could the members inspire the intire membership to go for this scenario?
How could the members inspire more new members to join in order to grow to be the most succesfull platform for both members and other stakeholders in the world?

What other thought do you have to help us all become the best and most succesfull?

I'm eager to create this dream?

Are you eager too?

Let's hear it dear friends!

Oh and by the way, just to make shure there are no misperceptions.

I'm not writing this to make another penny out of this not as a person, and not financially.
I'm not writing this to get a brown arm with anyone.
I'm not writing this to get more business ( I'm already busy managing and (co) owning 15 LTD's that are all trading quite profitably in the area of sustainability)

I'm writing this because I want to be a member of a social business network where I can make friends all over the world.
Maintain contact with all my friends.
Can share knowledge and contacts with as many people as possible
Can inspire and get inspired by as many people possible!

I look forward to your responses and actions!

Kind regards

Fred Rutgers

Fred Rutgers
www.isotechniek.nl
fred.rutgers@isotechniek.nl
+31649436436
Also check out my details on linkedin and xing

P.S. let's get connected!
If there is anything I can do for you, Just ask!

Fred Rutgers

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I woke up with a dream!!

This dream is still alive! Fred Rutgers

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Abdul Ghafoor

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I woke up with a dream!!

A powerful model Lisa. I wished these paragraphs would never finish... such was the force of argument in those paragraphs. Thank you for introducing the Argument 2.0. We are the World! (2.0) Cheers Abdul (Dubai Apartments) Mangrove Facilities Management, L.L.C.

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Lisa Bakker

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is membership about price or value? the appletree approach

It's my hobby too Fred....dreamin" ;-) especially the beautiful ones.... Anyway... the man who publicly spoke about his dream....never ever......never ever... mentioned the money He picked up on something that many felt, yet did not dare speak up on.... he appealed/awakened (if you like) a feeling that ignited another feeling bigger and bolder, that was able to overthrow the feelings of (mostly) fear (and intimidation) People listening became a member of his movement ....because they shared the feelings and the pictures that MLK so eloquently and passionately radiated he not only spoke the words but they were charged a 1000% with his deep feelings of love for a free humanity people became members because of his "mindset" or rather his empathic mindset. Nowadays paid memberships are simply one of hunderd ways to gather people together who share something, like you observed. However membership has become a stream of income, has been commercialized and more importantly as a concept it's been manipulated Paying in our language has been (unconsciously) extended ....when we pay we have become "trained) to value the exchange almost always with money as it's sole means of exchange..... So it is not "naturally" to pay a fee, one can also choose for a another form.... travel back in time and discover how ancient memberships were based on rites and oaths, rather than money ofcourse there was an exchange, (that's the nature of relationships) oftentimes in different forms of trade (for goods/services/knowledge/tools) See, I believe blackstar has found a way with it's boardrooms to (re)enter into that field; members amongst themselves exchange without using money in the boardroom concept, they exchange with knowledge/wisdom/tools/services/goods and maybe moreover with spirit (the good as well as liquid ;-)) The ship in membership is merely the place or digitally speaking the platform that allows members to freely be themselves shed from the influences of outsiders (un-like-minded) who might interfere, judge, reject and ridicule them So my 2P is to accept the membership price regulation.....at least for now and start questioning the values (or feelings) that can be radiated and feel for the fears that small biz/startups have..... somewhere within you/Ecademy are feelings/passions that can overthrow those fears and ignite people into joining a network that can facilitate their growth.... I doubt if your quest to: If we could change the way Ecademy is managed, funded and exploited by both the members and the management, perhaps we can fulfill my dream! YOU are the management in World 2.0 and already on your way fulfilling your dream I think Marieke summed it up pretty neat in your other blog. I think Ecademy HQ is simply not capable to achieve what hundreds of Blackstars can achieve through collaboration. In that sense it is important to let go of the hierarchical model and lead from the bottom and make happen what you need. What good leaders and so a good Ecademy HQ has to do to make this model work, is by serving and supporting the initiatives that are developed by the members. Forget about the "ancient poldermodel", step into your world 2.0 and radiate the (brand) network FRED, facilitated/powered (how funny ;-)) by Ecademy I bet the FRED Ecademy ;-) is already resonating with many, given the amount of comments (engagement) you've been able to raise in the last few days.... apparently you're even closer to your dream than you observe.... I do love your openness and passion, keep on dreamin' lutsaluv lisa Lisa

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Fred Rutgers

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I woke up with a dream!!

Should all members pay, And if yes how much? etc. Just a few thoughts to consider: I'd rather be in a club for free than for nothing! If something is for free, it is also of no value! What would there be against allowing excisting members to sponsor new members for a free 3 month trial membership. After 3 months the new member can decide is this bringing me fun and or benefit? This means the new member decides "do I stop or continue? If the member continues, he pays a annual fee of E.G. 39,95 I think 39,95 is cheap for a service that brings you fun and or benefit. (It is also very easy to justify, al lot easier than 100 Euro per month!) If you pay 39,95 you simply make your contribution in keeping the platform alive and operational And should the platform not be worth 39,95 per year to you, than why would you want to keep involved? I'd like all members to show their commitment to the platform they use, wouldn't you? Please your opinions! Cheers Fred Fred Rutgers www.isotechniek.nl fred.rutgers@isotechniek.nl +31649436436 Also check out my details on linkedin and xing P.S. let's get connected! If there is anything I can do for you, Just ask!

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Milton Rodrigues

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Fred, I hope you're Still DREAMING ??? ...

Of a EUROPE... FULL of BlackStars !!! :) :) kindest regards, Milton Rodrigues Director, Surge-ITS Network Engineers, Wembley.

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Wouter Havinga

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open source?

Hi Fred, Do you mean a Wiki or Linux model? http://twitter.com/wouterhavinga

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Mike Turner

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I woke up with a dream!!

Nice one Fred Well said.

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Anke Grunefeld

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I woke up with a dream!!

Great dream Fred! I will take time to think about the questions you raised. Hartelijke groet, Anke Grunefeld

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Zara Lockwood

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I woke up with a dream!!

This has me thinking about when techcrunch were purchased by AOL more recently, they essentially purchased a cool blog with a LARGE readership, which could be seen as the free members of a network like Ecademy - Techcrunch have a set of editors that are part blogger part journalist (the best mix as they have influence and can connect to the everyday person), they get into the best parties in their niche (or kick up a big fuss if they don't which readers can relate to in working or family life) They have a 'universal' or global sense of humor which is maybe why AOL saw the global potential - AOL have become the blackstars/investors of techcrunch, if in theory Ecademy was purchased by a big company, the blackstars given a return on their investment or a share in the new parent company, what would be the changes we would see here on-line ecademy ? - I'd be interested in that - i.e would blackstars become editiors like techcrunch sharing their knowledge via video, podcasts, and opinion and debate ? - I know this already happens to a degree via affiliations like yourbusinesschannel The off-line Ecademy events always sound like a strong selling point as many networks can't get that happening - interaction it a devil to get right I think - techcrunch have their tech conventions off-line so again it is another similarity, boardrooms are like the startup sessions... On Facebook: Zara's Coffee Page on Facebook | Zara's Weston-super-Mare Facebook Page Click button to contact Zara, no account or stars required.Powered by 123ContactForm All Stars Welcome- My Live Chat Room

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Jan Mulder

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I woke up with a dream!!

Fred, I have send you an pm. sapere aude Jan

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Dr. Mehmet Yildiz

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I woke up with a dream!!

@Now I have a dream about Ecademy and I hope many of you have simmilar dreams and want to share it with me. Yes, I did too but mine was a nightmare! Regards, Mehmet Yildiz

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Fred Rutgers

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I woke up with a dream!!

Thanks Milton! Together with all members we can reinvent Ecademy to become even better than it already is. If wise people can build Europe, we must be able to build Ecademy! Cheers Fred Fred Rutgers www.isotechniek.nl fred.rutgers@isotechniek.nl +31649436436 Also check out my details on linkedin and xing P.S. let's get connected! If there is anything I can do for you, Just ask!

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Milton Rodrigues

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I woke up with a dream!!

Fred, Great Detailed Posting ! - I liked it very much. So many good ideas and proposals there. & this below :- Ecademy is functionally still the best platform I have seen, yet it can become much better if we chose to... You make be feel part of EUROPE again ! :) I was in Limoges with my brother and parents in the Summer & like coming over. Milton Rodrigues Director, Surge-ITS Network Engineers, Wembley.

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Fred Rutgers

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I woke up with a dream!!

I really hope this blog get's just as much or even more attention as my other blog. I'm shure that between all 300.000 of us we have enough idea's to build our dream! Cheers Fred Fred Rutgers www.isotechniek.nl fred.rutgers@isotechniek.nl +31649436436 Also check out my details on linkedin and xing P.S. let's get connected! If there is anything I can do for you, Just ask!

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Tim O'Donnell

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My first thoughts

1. some form of EAP but not MLM 2. Abandon the numbers game - Ecademy does not need 300,000 non existent members - better "pochi ma buoni" - few but good. 3. a period of free membership and then at leats a small fee for everybody - if 300,000 people each paid 5 euros a year I'm sure the finances would suffice 4. come back to reality - concentrate of the social and business networking. Digital coaching should not take up too much energy. Tim O'Donnell www.odas.it www.englishinengland.it www.englishinitaly.it

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Andreas Wiedow

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I woke up with a dream!!

@ What could the management do to improve customer service? What could the management do to improve functionality What could the management do to get better global coverage of the network? What could the management do to make Ecademy greener and more sustainable? How could the members help them fund all this? How could the members help them execute all this? How could the members inspire the entire membership to go for this scenario? How could the members inspire more new members to join in order to grow to be the most succesfull platform for both members and other stakeholders in the world? What is the actual state ? For example, how is customer service set up right now ? Manpower, paid . . . etc. What other thought do you have to help us all become the best and most successful? I will answer that following the answers on actual state. Everything else would be searching a needle in a haystack Re. the income stream . . . earlier this year ecademy management deliberately cut off the income stream from EAP. And by that I mean . . . THEIR income stream. The consequences only on my side were . . . I took off every advertisement FOR ecademy and every invitation code FOR ecademy I could get hold of. I also stopped actively mentioning and promoting ecademy. Foundation members like Christian Hanisch and Wolfgang Bönisch came in via me. Also some PAYG. Also . . . ceasing the 3 months premium blackstar invite . . . My contact invites stats show . . . Invited: 508 Joined: 453 Does that say you something ? I was only shaking my head and completely failed to understand. Nor did I get answers apart from . . . Does your income really rely on EAP, Andreas ? . . . From some city leader whose financial shares on new members should be based on the former EAP. Plain stupid. So the conditions under which I am willing and prepared to support are . . . I get clear answers from those in the know upfront to define what my 'invest' of know-how and ideas will be based upon. I am not prepared nor willing to cast pearls before swine. Edit: Oh, and yes . . . when I send a request to customer support I would like a NAME answering me, not a team . . . this is soooo immature

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