To help this excellent discussion along, I've done a follow-up compilation of the latest contributions. In order to "bring it alive", however, we are at some point going to have to Do the Ugly and make some tough decisions about scope - we simply can't be all things to all people right out of the gate. We can add goals and grow activities over time based on member contributions.
Looking at the discussions so far, I see possibilities like:
1) Our goal is to be a “problem solving team” for the intelligence community (which is defined as anyone anywhere who uses intelligence for anything). We will select a few (3?) key “problem areas” and work together to generate a “best and brightest” group of solutions to those issues for use by everyone. (This is similar to open source software collaborations.)
2) Our goal is to revolutionize the corporate understanding and use of intelligence. We will establish and evangelize a set of best practices/code of concepts by standardizing, branding and promoting it everywhere. (This is similar to standards work.)
3) Our goal is to become “solution central” for intelligence professionals. We will track and share all the latest and greatest tools and concepts for intelligence workers everywhere.
For a more complete list of potential goals and deliverables, see attached powerpoint. I propose that we:
a) choose an initial goal (one!), audience, and value proposition
b) choose an initial set of tactical activities related to that goal which can be accomplished in a targeted time window, and
c) do them.
Perhaps we can make the initial decision by requesting volunteers to work in the areas that are of the most interest? Whichever concept gets the most volunteers wins!