[act-ma] FW: Looking for "techies" for Solidarity Economy project
David O. Knuttunen
webmaster at dsaboston.org
Thu Sep 16 13:30:15 PDT 2010
I forward this, because I think there are people on the Act-MA list who
might be interested in getting involved in this project.
The Research and Policy Study Group of the U.S. Solidarity Economy
Network is developing a project to "map" the alternative economy, and
we're looking for people with computer skills to help.
We are both trying to integrate local maps that already exist -- mostly,
though not exclusively, on Google Earth -- as well as create a system
that both existing and new solidarity economy enterprises can plug
into. There are also efforts going on overseas, so that people are
already talking about building a global map. (I have a blog post with
some thoughts at http://redkincaid.com/2010/06/planning-the-endgame/ .)
Everything uses open-source software. Right now, there are two main
systems we're looking at. The Brazilians use Nofsera, which is based on
Ruby on Rails, and the Italians use Drupal. (We will probably be going
with the Italian system, if only because it looks like it would not
require as much staff.) We have a wiki, which should help people
collaborate over distance, as well as monthly conference calls -- which
This could make a major contribution to the struggle for socialism, and
for people with the skills, here is an opportunity to get in relatively
early and help guide it. Anyone interested can contact me at
eebel at voyager.net <mailto:eebel%40voyager.net> .
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