What do you mean by “the consortium”? Is that the same as ‘the community’? It sounds like you have to be a developer to take part.
Dan originally described the forum as being for “hackers, hipsters and hustlers” which I thought was fun but more serious people found frivolous and it slowly withdrew into the shadows. Have we accepted that we failed to attract designers and entrepreneurs? Are we about just tech (IT & a bit of making) now rather than startups? Perhaps Silicon Canal grabbed that ‘market’.
I think that there are a huge number of people involved in tech now who aren’t developers and have expertise that could be very useful to the community. Data science, marketing, PR, policy, strategy & politics and artists. They often think differently to techies and their ideas can be very valuable.
Does ‘the community’ have common purpose or are we just a bunch of people who chat and a few people get together and do things? Either model could work but I’m not sure which we are.