when the first scientific academies were created, coming out of guild and medieval societies, there was a real sense of 'professional amateurs' ( levy leblond calls that 'amatorat' in his writing). and that people would cluster socially and then create shared resources
todays attempts like academia.edu and research gate it seems to me are failing
coupled to this is the problem that we havent developed yet how to create real community groups on line
with people we havent met physically
i am now being chased by disreputable and probably fake concerence, publications and societies asking me to join
and then they use my name and thats it
we have been doing a string of leonardo 50th birthday parties in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Leonardo publications.
these have been spontaneous parties where people who knew each other lin line could
meet and discuss- perhaps like salon culture in 19th century vienna
so what are the concepts and mechanics for building professional societies and academies today ?