Changes coming to – please read

Dear members, started as a project in the early days of the pandemic to provide a commons-focused, cooperative video conferencing option running free-libre software. The project has now reached a point where the current organisational and financial structures are no longer sustainable. We (the Board of Stewards and Operational Members) have therefore made the decision to fold and end the service within the next six months.

We are hoping to find a new host organisation to step in, but what this transition looks like is still in development. We will keep you informed as our plans evolve, most directly in our forum. We are connecting with other interested co-ops to better understand our options.

Our overriding goal in this transition process is to ensure that existing members can continue to enjoy the service in the knowledge that it is being managed by an organisation that is aligned with the founding values and principles of the project.

What does this mean for members of

We are cultivating two scenarios:

  1. Finding another co-op to take on as it exists now, i.e., a BigBlueButton platform service, and a multi-stakeholder co-op with a community of members. This would likely result in some minor disruptions and process changes, but the service would be available to members through the transition. We don’t know whether the brand would continue, but the service, and perhaps the community, would.
  2. Identifying other tech co-operatives that provide similar services, and encouraging members to take up with one of them instead. This option means that you would no longer be using as a service; however, you could still support other commons-focused platforms. These co-ops would offer video-conferencing services, but they might not be BBB-based. We would aim to give you at least three months notice in this case before closing our service, so you have time to adopt another video conferencing option.

We’ve accomplished great things in the past three years, starting from an idea, prototyping some practices, and proving that there is a demand for services outside the Big Tech paradigm. Thank you for joining us in this wild and evolving journey! We could not have made it this far without your support and belief in the project.

Please post any questions you have in the forum thread… We’ll update you and invite responses, as we know more. Ops Members

Members of the Board of Stewards

Update on Meet.Coop evolution

Good news! Conversations are underway between members of the board and representatives of regarding the transfer of hosting and sys admin for the BigBlueButton instance to WebTV. WebTV has expressed commitment to the mission and continuing operation of Meet.Coop and to ensuring a seamless continuity of service to users.

Follow updates in our forum here Evolution 1 - Find a new home and in threads that branch from there as the project moves forward.


That is great news! From their site it looks like they are capable and have other services that are complimentary!
If things change with WebTV, Agaric now has an instance of BBB running on our .coop domain for anyone to take a test drive and see how it runs. It has the latest version 2.6 of BBB and can scale as needed. It is also modified to only run when in use, for low-low overhead.

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There’s broad agreement now that meet. coop can migrate the platform to the WebTV social coop (Montreal), with the membership relationships front end being handled by See: Evolution 1 - Find a new home - #45 by mikemh Timescale to be determined but hopefully soon (summer 2023). Transition of platform and membership to be glitch-free for User members. Watch this space for further details and invitations to participate.

Governance in meet. coop v2.0 needs to be evolved, avoiding too much complexity: some kind of operational circle in innovation. coop plus open scheduled User Community gatherings? See the notes. Watch this space!

Final steps
Final steps in migrating to v2.0 are under way, with the new regime operating from 30Sept 2023. An announcement to User members will be made soon, draft is here See meeting notes and actions: Evolution 1 - Find a new home - #46 by mikemh

Congratulations to WebTV and The innovation. coop for stepping into these new operational roles :pray:. And to ALL our network friends, for contributing and reviewing options over this past half year.

Change the world, one meeting at a time!

Announcement : 2.0 is here.
Announcement meetcoop 20 is here.pdf (106.5 KB)