Drutopia – Drupal as a Service for an ecosystem of free software distributions

Drutopia – Drupal as a Service for an ecosystem of free software distributions.

We are on a mission to build a Drupal as a Service full featured distribution of Drupal for organizing and campaigns. There is NationBuilder and other proprietary tools that are available, but why not a Drupal solution? How would a cooperative hosting solution work? Come and discuss the possibilities and opportunities.

Come learn about the Drutopia distribution and how grassroots groups will be able to easily create a Drupal 8 site with pre-configured selectable features and the SAAS hosting option. Drutopia.org

So for those outside the Drupal/FreeSoftware community, I’ve been skipping over Drutopia and just talking about Solidarity. I find that people just get confused with the relationship between Drutopia and Solidarity and it’s really Solidarity that is going to be most interesting and relevant to them.

So with that in mind, here’s a first draft of text for the one page informational sheet.

Our movements are growing and more easily coordinating with one another to live out these values of solidarity, but all too often we’re dependent on platforms and tools that don’t have our best interests in mind.

Solidarity is a member-based, Libre Software as a Service tool for grassroots organizations to effectively network and organize online.

The platform is built around four main features: groups, campaigns, actions and news.

A hosted option is available for $50/month which provides membership to Solidarity, covers security updates for the site and priority in determining the roadmap for future development.

Learn more at drutopia.org/solidarity

We will gather at the Tang center at MIT in room E51:
E51-145 : http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=E51
Date: Tue 08/22/17
Time: 6:30p – 9:00p

We will have dinner after the meetup at Clover in Kendall Square.

Unless you have already spoken to an Agaric and confirmed… Please RSVP here:

Drutopia – Drupal as a Service for an ecosystem of free software distributions

Tuesday, Aug 22, 2017, 6:30 PM

MIT Campus – E51-145 : http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=E51
MIT Cambridge, MA

1 Tech Lovers Attending

August is here, let’s celebrate Drupal! Why? – do we need a reason? While there is a regular monthly meetup there is also a mission to build a Drupal as a Service full featured distribution of Drupal for organizing and campaigns. There is NationBuilder and other proprietary tools that are available, but why not a Drupal solution?Come learn about t…

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2 FREE webinars to get you collaborating!!!

 On Monday, July 17th at 12:30p ET (9:30a PT)

4 Hacks for Engaging & Collaborative Meetings (That Don’t Suck)!

Meetings can be tricky for all teams, but when well done they facilitate collective alignment and understanding on our work and strategies! Despite how important they may be, how many people actually love meetings?! When you have an organization full of inspiring leaders, tools that hack your meetings into flows and effective outcomes is essential and opens up the space for you to be your full self (and your team!).
Come to our free webinar to learn 4 simple HACKS to conduct engaging and efficient collaboratively-led meetings!  Register here directly and find out more about our Collaborative Leadership Webinar Series here.

On Thursday, July 27th at 4:15p ET (1:15p PT)

4 Tips for Achieving True Accountability in Your Teams and it’s not micromanaging them!

‘How to get accountability’ gets 93 MILLION results in a Google search! Getting workable accountability (for ourselves) and our teams can be really challenging, especially in this day and age with so many competing and complex demands. And, micromanaging our teammates is damaging to both a healthy work ethic and workplace relationships.

Join our free webinar to learn how to get true accountability with the members on your team on a regular basis while expanding capacity to get more done and strengthen relationships at the same time. Register here directly and find out more about our Collaborative Leadership Webinar Series here.

Come learn about Drutopia – A framework for an ecosystem of open source distributions – a hosted CMS

There is a mission to build a Drupal as a Service full featured distribution of Drupal for organizing and campaigns. There is NationBuilder and other proprietary tools that are available, but why not a Drupal solution?

Come learn about the Drutopia distribution and how grassroots groups will be able to easily create a Drupal 8 site with pre-configured selectable features and the SAAS hosting option. Drutopia.org

We will gather at MIT:
E51-145 : http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=E51
Date: Tue 07/18/17
Time: 6:30p – 9:00p

Food will be provided by Agaric and there will be a surprise 15 minute movie followed by a short discussion at 8:15pm

Thursday the 13th – At Harvard

We are resurrecting the Cooperation group for a double session of two exciting talks!
First, our friend and BKC fellow Yaso, will share a very successful activist project which is visibilizing unethical political expenditures in Brazil and Italy using Twitter bots, Telegram and open source tools.
Second, a guest and friend, Danny Spitzberg, is here from San Francisco to share the popular #BuyTwitter campaign, an initiative for the Twitter users to buy the platform and turn it into a platform co-op.
Third, we hope to go for drinks afterwards!
As usual, we will convene this Thursday, at 5pm, in the Conference Room at the Berkman Klein Center. Anyone interested in the topic is very welcome. We would appreciate if you spread the word!
Below you have additional info on both talks:
High impact activism with no resources: visibilizing unethical political expenditures (Yasodara Cordova)
Sometimes, you don’t need new and expensive tools to create colaboration. More generally, if a collective has no resources, but a good idea, how can communities aggregate outsiders in digital platforms? The #SerenataDeAmor Operation is a collective effort to mitigate and visibilize small leaks of money (due to corruption and unethical practices) that runs in politics (so far in Brazil and Italy). The project used very cheap infrastructure based in free/open source tools and commercial social media, to go beyond the activist bubble.
#BuyTwitter (Danny Spitzberg)
The campaign #BuyTwitter (https://www.buytwitter.org) aims to democratize the Twitter platform, with broad-based ownership and accountability similar to a co-op. Danny Spitzberg, a researcher studying cooperative conversions, is one of the volunteers behind this effort and will share what the group has achieved so far, as well as several scenarios they’re exploring with Twitter, other platforms, and rural co-op ISPs, too.

The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD)

June 9th-11th – Fordham University Lincoln Center

The Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy (ECWD) is a non-profit cooperative organization established to aid in the continued growth of the workplace democracy movement. The ECWD is managed by the Coordinating Council, which is a group of worker-owners and members of support organizations that were elected by the general membership of the ECWD. The ECWD works in cooperation with the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives to promote and develop worker-owned enterprises regionally and nationally.

ECWD exposes people to the concept of worker-owned businesses; strengthens existing worker-owned businesses; develops relationships between democratically-owned businesses, labor institutions, and resource organizations; and builds the movement for workplace democracy. It is held every two years in the Eastern United States.


Employee Ownership Workshops

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development in Boston will be hosting two upcoming workshops on cooperative business ownership. They’re free, and we hope you can attend and/or spread the word. Both workshops will take place at the Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Dudley Square (the Bolling Building).

Wednesday, May 31, 10:00-12:00: Employee Ownership Workshop
When a business owner wants to retire or do something different, selling the business to the workers is a great option, for many reasons. Learn about selling businesses to employees, different types of employee ownership, and improving business by engaging workers.
Learn more and RSVP

Thursday, June 22, 10:00-12:00: Employee Ownership – Making Business Better
If you have a great idea for a new business, why not make it a co-op? Cooperative ownership—that is, ownership of the company jointly by the workers—has many benefits. Co-ops can help small businesses access resources, achieve scale, and save money.
Learn more and RSVP

Renters Tax Deduction Bill Hearing Set for June 13

The Mass Association of Housing Co-ops is supporting a bill to allow resident owners of housing co-ops to take advantage of the Commonwealth’s renters’ tax deduction (if they do not also take the federal homeowners deduction). This would benefit about 1,000 people each year, many of whom are lower income and may greatly benefit from the deduction.
The bill (H.3334/S.1520) will be heard before the Joint Committee on Revenue on Tuesday, June 13, at 10 am in State House Hearing Room B-2, in the Annex.
Housing co-op members are encouraged to contact their legislators to express support. In particular, the MAHC hopes that constituents will reach out and contact:

Legislators who are members of the Joint Committee on Revenue
Legislators from Boston and Cambridge, where many housing co-ops are located

Co-op residents are encouraged to contact their legislators and send a copy of letters and communications to MAHC.
Not sure who your state rep and senator are? Search here.

City Hall Solidarity 2017!

News came in from Joel Wool and Matt Meyer: If you in fact missed the Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives meeting with City Hall on 1/24/2017, or you want to review it, the video of the hearing is here.
We had over 100 people attend! Thank you cooperators!
It made a big difference to have a crowd and as was evidenced in the hearing, we eased some councilors’ concerns with cooperatives while touting the benefits.
A couple of things you can do to support the momentum going forward:
  • -If you are a resident of or work or do business in Boston, please contact your city councilors or the entire city council* to thank them for holding a hearing (particularly frank.baker@boston.gov, josh.zakim@boston.gov) and urge their support for cooperative housing and business. It’s okay to be short and sweet! If you attended and testified, consider emailing along the testimony…
  • -Please read and share Ivy Lee’s piece in the Dig
  • -Share our photos when they are posted and join our Facebook group
  • -Stand by for future action alerts
*Here’s the full city council list:

Meeting with the City of Boston

We’re excited to have this amazing opportunity to speak with the leadership of Boston about cooperatives and how we can build a more just, sustainable, and democratic economy together.
The turnout tomorrow will set the tone of our conversations and negotiations with the City for months and possible years to come.
So if you’re able, take this last day to share the event on facebook and invite another friend or two by text or email.
We’ll be on the 5th floor of city hall, in the “Christopher A. Iannella chamber.”
4pm ET. on Tuesday the 24th of January
See you tomorrow!

Amnesty’s Northeast Regional Conference Nov. 11-12

We’re two weeks away from Amnesty’s Northeast Regional Conference, where you can gather with like-minded individuals and further develop your skills to continue the fight against human rights abuses around the world.

As human rights activists, we are challenged to expand awareness about human rights and initiate change within our own communities. Positive change for human rights comes from the collective grassroots activism of passionate individuals like you.

Join us at the Northeast Regional Conference from November 11th to November 12th at Boston University, Boston, MA. Together, we will work to change #OurWorld.

The last chance to register online is coming up, online registration closes on Monday November 7th at 11:59pm EST, so register today! We look forward to meeting you

In solidarity,
Johnny Gonzales
Senior Director of Events, Membership Mobilization
Amnesty International USA

5 Events this week in Boston at @E5 – encuentro5

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Screening: The Occupation of the American Mind: Israel’s Public Relations War in the United States @ e5

Wednesday, November 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ABC’s of Socialism and the Sanders Movement @ e5

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30 p.m. Screening – Ava Duvernay’s 13th @e5

Friday, November 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m. Ecuador’s Mi Cometa, Coordinator José Luis Echeverría on the Human Right to Water @e5

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Dalit, Student and Workers’ Resistance In India @e5

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ encuentro5
The Occupation of the American Mind

This event was originally scheduled to feature Iyad Burnat who was not issued a visa from Israel and who was thereby denied the right travel to the US. As a way of supporting Iyad and getting insight to the ongoing struggle there will be a screening of a brilliant new film that gives the context for Iyad Burnat’s failure to secure a US visa in time to make his presentation.  This event is organized by United for Justice with Peace.
ABC’s of Socialism and the Sanders Movement
with Nicole Aschoff, Associate Editor of Jacobin Magazine

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. @ encuentro5

A primer on socialism targeted to former Sanders voters and consideration of a possible socialist electoral platform. This event is organized by the Boston Socialist Unity Project.
Screening: The 13th

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. @ encuentro5

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary 13TH refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis.
This event is organized by MassMovement.
Ecuador’s Mi Cometa on the Human Right to Water

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 2016, 7:00 P.M. @ encuentro5

Mi Cometa’s work promotes and advances the recognition and implementation of human rights through the active participation of residents living in urban marginalized areas of Ecuador. Mi Cometa does this through developing community led-management processes in the areas of housing, art and music, youth education, and programs that advance social control over public services.
This event is organized by the Color of Water Project.
Dalit, Student & Worker Resistance in India
with Padma, Pratyush & Amit

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ encuentro5

Presentations by local activists Padma, Pratyush, and journalist Amit on the resistance, especially by dalits (such as in Una, Gujarat), students and workers, that is emerging in India against the present government.  Pratyush will provide an account of the student resistance in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi in the face of right wing assault, and their victory in student elections. Amit, a previous student leader at the same university will discuss his recent experience being involved with the student movement. Padma will talk about the Una incident and the aftermath of political agitations. The event will be chaired by Dorotea Manuela.