The online meeting coop - meet.coop

An outline description of meet.coop

Updated: 21jul2021

meet.coop was created for provisioning several kinds of spaces with digital tools, intended as forces of production in making a transformed coop-commons economy:

  • Platform spaces - Infrastructures of digital tools (toolstacks) aka commons of running code

  • Media spaces - Curated collections of digital documents and various kinds of tools enabling text-based digital communication, aka commons of digital media

  • Venue spaces - Digitally mediated, facilitated venues for live contribution: assemblies, deliberations and cultural exchanges, aka commons of live capability in the coop-commons economy.

All of these spaces are stewarded as commons. Provisioning and stewarding of digitally-mediated commons is the basic skillset and intention of meet.coop: our vision and mission.

The original and central digital infrastructure enables distributed video meetings and events. It runs on BigBlueButton BBB, a suite of FLOSS software. [FLOSS: free-libre open-source software] FLOSS

Members: meet.coop has two kinds of members - operational members and user members. We support each community of members with a toolstack designed to facilitate their productive, transformative, skilfully stewarded activity in the coop-commons economy. Formally we are heading for constitution as a coop; currently we operate as a federation of several cooperatives in several countries. Our present mode of operation is basically as a workers' coop performing technical and administrative work; in the coming months we are undertaking a process of participatory co-design between operational and user members, to arrive at a Constitution and a regime of working practices that equips us to operate effectively as a multistakeholder coop, stewarded across regions and languages.

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Another mode of description, to be integrated . .

  • Meet.coop – the Online Meeting Cooperative – provides an online meeting and conferencing platform built as open source software, powered by renewable energy running on cooperatively owned infrastructure. It combines a cooperative multistakeholder model with user members and operational members with a community approach. In a nutshell: a commons-cooperative initiative.

  • Members include many actors - some of them large - from

    • the social and solidarity economy (care coops, regional food coops, worker coops, housing coops etc),

    • municipalist initiatives in cities and regions

    • global NGOs

    • civil-society movement organisations

    • activists for privacy, planet, free culture, and

    • free software and open source groups and companies.

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