Social networks were fundamental to academic success long before there was an internet.Sakai provides a social networking rooted in academic societies: a scholarly networking for learners and researchers alike.
Individuals need to be free to organize and make sense of their experience, even where it extends (as it often does) beyond the institutional boundary. Sakai aims to support these preferences of personal control.
Sakai achieves a balance of scaffolded freedom through storing structures of content, spaces and activities as templates and then allowing these templates to be widely shared, reviewed and revised. The innovators are put back in the driver's seat.