Tech Tools for Cross-Organization Collaboration

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.

Thank you,
​Magenta Ceiba

Decentralized Collaboration Platforms:

FreedomCoop
https://ocp.freedomcoop.eu/freedom-coop/

Collective One
http://www.collectiveone.org/#/landing

Comakery
https://media.comakery.com/about

Sourceforge
https://sourceforge.net/

Bitmind
http://bitmind.co/
(stalled/stopped development?)

Networking

Features we need: Profiles that are searchable by: role, industry, interest…

CrossPollinators – local organization matchmaking
https://thexpollinators.com/thexpollinators.com/

Etouches – event registration and networking
https://www.etouches.com/event-software/module/eSocial/

ProFinda – very API integratable 🙂
https://www.profinda.com/

Pathable – event networking
https://pathable.com/

Brella – event networking
https://www.brella.io/

Bizzabo – event networking
https://www.bizzabo.com/

Scuttlebutthttps://weblog.masukomi.org/2017/12/26/getting-started-with-scuttlebutt/
https://www.scuttlebutt.nz/

Huddle – document collaboration
https://www.huddle.com/

Team Communications:

We currently use Slack

Rocket Chat
https://rocket.chat/

Loomio
https://www.loomio.org/

Github – collaborative software development tool
https://github.com/business

Project Management

Confluence
https://www.atlassian.com/software/confluence/features

Flow
https://www.getflow.com/

Basecamp
https://basecamp.com

Asana
https://app.asana.com/

Taiga
https://taiga.io/

Wiki

Aragon‘s wiki design is my favorite so far (apparently it’s via Github). We might go with their governance software for our decentralized global governance.
https://wiki.aragon.one/ 
+ their whitepaper: http://wiki.aragon.one/documentation/whitepaper/

I also like this layout, and their company structure: Weco
https://www.weco.io/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6S61HejjzA

General Resources for Open Value Networks

Good overview of commons based peer production
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commons-based_peer_production

Great open value network focussed wiki
http://valuenetwork.referata.com/wiki/Main_Page

Amazing wiki on Open Company formats
https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Category:Open_Company_Formats