Over years of working on grassroots and multi-sector community networks, I've found a common need for online collaboration tools, yet no solution that exactly fits the need. I've been watching the development of various platforms: Hylo, xPollinators, Scuttlebutt, WeCo... But nothing yet has all the functionality we need. This September, Bloom is producing a conference and think tank in San Francisco, which will begin the coordination of international working groups focused on regenerative culture solutions. For this, I actually have to solve the online collaboration problem, now. I think I can string together what we need using a few different cloud software tools. Eventually I would like to see this solution packaged into one thing.
We need to be able to collaborate across different organizations, and generally the tools we need are a mash-up of CRM, project management suite, and social networking, along with a public-facing wiki for groups to share documentation and resources.
I thought I'd share my research process, since I know many organizations who would also like a solution to this problem. Below are the tools I am currently researching, with the goal of bringing a proposal to our team next Friday, January 19.
Do you work in a community that has a good online collaboration setup? What do you use and why do you like it? Please let me know.
Decentralized Collaboration Platforms:
Features we need: Profiles that are searchable by: role, industry, interest...
CrossPollinators - local organization matchmaking
Etouches - event registration and networking
ProFinda - very API integratable :)
Pathable - event networking
Brella - event networking
Bizzabo - event networking
Huddle - document collaboration
We currently use Slack
Github - collaborative software development tool
Aragon's wiki design is my favorite so far (apparently it's via Github). We might go with them for our decentralized global governance.
+ whitepaper: http://wiki.aragon.one/documentation/whitepaper/
I also like this layout, and their company structure: Weco
General Resources for Open Value Networks
Good overview of commons based peer production
Great open value network focussed wiki
Amazing wiki on Open Company formats
1/11/2018 0 Comments
Kim Haxton is a multifaceted, multidimensional educator, rooted in knowledge and steeped in community. She is Potowatami from Wasauksing, currently based in Vancouver BC. She has worked across Turtle Island and abroad in various capacities, always emphasizing local leadership development toward genuine healing. In her work with Indigeneyez, a creative arts based organization she co-founded, Kim works with Indigenous communities toward decolonization and liberation. Grounded in the arts and the natural world for embodied awareness and facilitated rites of passage, Kim develops de-escalation skills and diversity and anti-oppression education. Kim currently leads Peace and Conflict Resolution programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, cultivating local leadership in Congolese women who have been affected by civil war, poverty and sexual violence. Kim has developed and facilitated programs in over 8 countries, and has been working in land-based education and leadership for the past 20 years. She also free lances with different organizations doing environmental leadership, decolonization and reflection of the patterns that stop us from being authentic leaders. Kim offers consultation, healing ceremony, Group Facilitation and Leadership Development trainings world-wide.
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In this interview, we touch on :
Intro: Beyond the Bridge by Adam Elim
Outro: Light Up the Night by Jasmine Fuego
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I met Kim at a retreat center for social entrepreneurs called Hollyhock, on Cortez Island off the coast of Seattle. She led a game to teach deeper sensory awareness, where participants paired up to connect with trees. One person blindfolded the other, who wandered around the forest to find a tree they like. The partner just stayed close to keep them from tripping and so forth. Once they found a tree, they stopped by it for a while and listened. The seeing person then led them back to the starting place. They took off their blindfold, and then tried to find the tree they hugged - if they were wrong the partner would let them know. Most people found their tree on the first try.
I’ve though of Kim often since then, and our mutual friend Julian Caspari connected us again as fellow experimenters with models of collective power structures. I hope this interview is just the start of more conversation, and collaboration with or boosting the signal of the rad projects she’s working on.
Big thanks to Kim for setting the frame for this podcast and the network as a whole, since 2018 marks the beginning of our first big public outreach for the network.
And thanks to artists Adam Elim, Jasmine Fuego, and Jessica Perlstein, for the music and art!
This is the first time I’ve put the Bloom Podcast up on an RSS feed. If you want to listen to old podcast episodes, you can find them on the Bloom Blog under podcasts.
This episode is dedicated to Sobey Wing, who is a cross-cultural relations person working on decolonization and anti-colonial solidarity. Sobey contributes to designing the brand framework for Bloom to support solidarity with and leadership by indigenous peoples and people of color, across movements such as the environmental movement, spirituality movements, and the transformational festival scene. He works as a youth rites of passage facilitator, encouraging youth to connect with their ancestral traditions. And many more amazing things! We’ll invite him as a guest on the show soon. Thank you for your leadership, Sobey!
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Every year Bloom organizer Robin Gunkel in Baltimore, Maryland produces a festival all about mushrooms. Thanks to support from Free Fall Baltimore and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks.
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