I'm hopeful, too--PatchCulture.org
My friend Mike Hoye has done something important for the web:
It’s small, just a start, but the world doesn’t work this way yet and I think a lot more of it should. PatchCulture.org is live. Might work, might not. I’m hopeful.
This is exciting for me because it's the realization of the thinking I wrote about here. Mike's done one better and named this gesture, making it available for others to use:
With your help, the Web can be the largest, most vibrant open-source community in the world.
That sounds right to me. Please share this, and help Mike achieve his goal.