As I recently tried to define how Open Hospitality Network relates to Bonfire and Karrot projects, and struggled to do so, I’d like to open a discussion about it here.
Open Hospitality Network was started out of a necessity of a community of bicycle touring travelers whose 30 years old “home” platform went rogue. Together with other hospex communities (hospex = hospitality exchange, part of giving economy, supported by an online platform a community of travelers and those who want to host them) we aim to develop a protocol for a network of our communities.
Hospex is all about a dispersed community of solo travelers being hosted at remote to them places. They are like a modern day pilgrims on a network of st Jacob’s routes. They are outsiders to the local communities of their hosts and they travel outside of their own local communities.
Here, I’d like to explore a relationship between local communities, for which Bonfire is dedicated, and non-local communities, like hospex. Where do they overlap and where complement each other? How we can best support them with the software we write?
Also, can ValueFlow be used to describe both, local and non-local communities?
In terms of functionalities on a hospex platform, features for a traveller and a host are quite distinct. A host to participate in a community may not need anything more then a lightweight messaging client. Could “a hospex platform” participating in OHN be built as a plugin for Bonfire for hosts staying in their local communities and a separate app for travelers only? What if there was no local community on Bonfire near where a host leaves?