adhocracy, n. An organization with little or no structure; the opposite of a bureaucracy.
From the conversations recorded and archived at: http://www.personaltelco.net/static/meetings/200304/index.html
[The idea is] doing some sort of package where people who want to build nodes but don't know the first thing about wireless can drop their name off and say, hey look I'm curious about setting up a node, I don't know the first thing about it, but there are all of these guys here who do know a whole bunch about it. You drop your name in the hat and a message goes out to all of these guys who know things about wireless. Each of them can then choose to send a message back to the interested party - saying, hey, I'm interested, I want to help you out; we can take it from here. As the number of nodes grows, managing them all grows increasingly complex. So, we get to push out the management of the nodes out to these smaller groups, and it becomes very heirarchial.
The process of selecting groups of people to work together can be aided by a trust metric system; people can go in and say, I trust this person (or not), and they'll receive a rating that says as much.
We can build on this system further by allowing the system itself to handle a significant portion of the necessary management overhead; it should be able to keep track of all types of information, plot the layout of the network, generate configuration files and entire system images.
A database schema and the majority of a working XML-RPC interface exist. They are currently housed in the PTP Subversion repository at: http://svn.personaltelco.net/svn/ptp/code/trunk/adhocracy
Adhocracy is a poor name for this piece of software. Any suggestions for a new name would be appreciated.