Slide deck: Join us

after last Board of Stewards @mikemh and myself took up the action item to develop a slide deck for meet.coop that should help people understand the basics of meet.coop and why they should join us. We have taken into account feedback from Stewards about what they perceive as current blockers for people to join. And we tried to build the narrative of what the emerging meet.coop is (becoming).

The slide deck comes in two formats: 1) a deck that’s just the slides, 2) a version with the text written out per slide in a note box for each slide.

We hope you can review this and help us iterate to a presentable version, especially we call for @andia @osb and @Graham in this iteration.

pdf.icon Join us - slide deck
pdf.icon Join us - slide deck with notes

To get some steam up, we should move asap with this slide deck in an OK’d version? And asap make a video presentation . . . resources to enable ops members and the Board to begin recruiting members.

Please do comment this week if possible. The draft is four days old already. If the deck looks good, what associated media (or media versions) do we also need? @andia @osb @Graham

This deck is quite an extended version for potential members; a spoken version might take around 15 minutes. I’d suggest that with your feedback we’ll also make a condensed version of a few minutes, and a 1 minute elevator pitch. What would you highlight in such condensed versions?

name: The Online Meeting Cooperative
short name: meet.coop
URL: meet.coop

Here we list some brief descriptions to introduce meet.coop. This is a wiki that we can all (who have access) can edit. Later we can move this to the outreach category to be shared with collaborators.

We are meet.coop - The Online Meeting Cooperative, an online meeting platform as an ethical service. We’re a cooperative commons business based in renewable energy, libre software, protection of privacy, solidarity and cross-region federation.

We provide online meeting and conferencing tools, powered by renewable energy, running on cooperatively owned infrastructure. Together with our members, we are building the commons economy.

meet.coop is a meeting and conferencing platform powered by BigBlueButton, stewarded by a global coalition of co-operatives.

meet.coop is a multi-stakeholder cooperative with three types of members: Our Operational Members work in specific roles within three sociocratic circles, to deliver reliable video conferencing services to our User Members. Collaborator members make specific contributions to our shared mission.

Our mission is to grow a sustainable cooperative business
. . providing online meeting and collaboration spaces
. . paying a fair wage and
. . using surplus income to support development of the commons

in other words:

The Online Meeting Cooperative is privacy-respecting, commons-oriented online meeting service. We are supported by an international coalition who share the development of collaborative digital infrastructure, embedded in a community of mutual support. meet.coop is powered by open source tools, renewable energy and solidarity.

I like this combination:

We are meet.coop - The Online Meeting Cooperative, an online meeting platform as an ethical service. We’re a cooperative commons business based in renewable energy, libre software, protection of privacy, solidarity and cross-region federation.

Our mission is to grow a sustainable cooperative business
. . providing online meeting and collaboration spaces for organisers in the coop commons and civil society
. . paying a fair wage and
. . using surplus income to support development of the commons
Note a tweak in the mission. How d'you feel about this?

And most brief:
We are meet.coop - The Online Meeting Cooperative, providing an ethical service to organisers in the coop-commons.

I like the ‘we are . .’

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it maybe good for people in those target groups, but maybe not all our members would feel represented by that delimitation? I wouldn’t put it like that on our site, but it does cover or relate to most of us.

Mike and I had a very constructive meeting with @georgiamoon first of all to update her with the latest developments at meet.coop and secondly to explore what kind of relationship SimplySecure would be most comfortable with. We tested the slide deck on her :slight_smile:

In a nutshell, for the slide deck feedback we noted several changes in the meeting chat. Maybe most importantly that we shouldn’t be so negative about BBB. It maybe quirky, but it does work nicely for most users.

She was very positive about the overall development of meet.coop and happy to contribute as Collaborator member, especially with 1) occasional UX feedback for different process flows (e.g. in the forum), 2) continue to help reach out and do organic marketing, 3) plug meet.coop to funders when she scouts funding opportunities. She’ll keep her eyes open. That alone is already very valuable.

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we shouldn’t be so negative about BBB

In the narrative of the slide deck the following points occur. Are these sufficiently positive? In the Board meeting @graham made a point close to the first one:

  • slide #14 “BBB is powerful online meeting software, with a lot of experience behind it. It does the job for many thousands of users.”
  • slide #15 “While the features are not always what mainstream users expect, the platform is plenty good enough, it has a human scale and it aims for change.”
  • slide#5 “Cultivating organisers’ fluency and capability in the mutual sector through an adequate, clear and easy stack of tools”
  • slide #2 "The world is in transition to a new economy, and we organisers need serving with adequate tools that we can mobilise and steer. "

We can underline uniqueness more maybe?

  • slide #18 “This is a rich and unique playback mix that reflects the interface available in a BBB room. The mainstream platforms don’t offer this degree of richness in interaction or recording.”
  • slide #13 "The experience people have with BigBlueButton and with meet.coop differs (partly intentionally) from the experience with mainstream platforms.
    Over the months of the Covid pandemic millions of people have got used to the way the BigTech corporates do it. So it’s good to look at:
  • some of the differences in user experience
  • expectations that members might have of meet.coop and
  • some unique features of the app and the coop."

Is there a version that I can add comments to, rather than posting them here? Thanks

Hi @andia : it is in the same folder as the PDF version: the PPTX version: https://cloud.meet.coop/f/125630 Please make comments inside it as you see fit as long as I can easily discover them.