I have always had this Billion $ or Billion ₹  question , how do movements / organisations / Communities communicate , plan , discuss and execute stuffs and how do they involve in organisation building . So these are my doubts

  1. How do you do it among a small yet committed group ? Which has a specific agenda to work upon .
  2. How do you do it when you want to bring in new fold into the community ?
  3. How do you do it when the level of understanding among various people differs and yet you try to move forward ?
  4. Do you really want to advertise your work ?
  5. Are all your decisions and informations to be put in public domain for public consumption ?
  6. Is there a divide between how stuffs are done in global North and global South ?
  7. Can things revolve around some core people who try to bring others into core with subsequent movement building ?

So , I am trying to document my understandings of various movements / communities / Organisations .

1) Traditional mailing List – Examples include Debian , Fedora

Pros :

Archival is possible .

Can have more number of passive listeners who are interested to follow stuffs and take up small tasks , pick up pace and grow up their skills .

Need not dump everything in a single mailing list . For example can have a high traffic discuss mailing list , and a low traffic announcement list .

HIgh traffic warning
A high traffic warning from OSM mailing list

 

Low Traffic
A low traffic announcement list from the same OSM mailing list

b)HillHackers

They have a healthy practise of documenting things in their own pad .

For the subsequent meeting , they

  • Put the notes from previous meeting
  • Share the agenda for current meeting
  • Put down the pad where subsequent meeting is to be held .
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From the publicly available archive of the Hill Hackers

Cons :

Free software is mainly developed on mailing lists. Mailing lists have many advantages over other forms of communication, but they have two weaknesses: It’s difficult to follow discussions in a sensible way, and mailing list archives (when they exist) have a tendency to disappear over time.Courtesy : gmane

2)Issue tracker

3)Bugzilla

4)Discourse

5)Instant messaging groups

Whatsapp groups

Telegram groups

6)Loomio

7)Trello / Wekan Generally ,  kaban like boards

 

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