Michele Metts's blog

Boston Collaboratory School - Mentoring Horizontally, Up, Down and Sideways

Plans for a new way of connecting students with their community

Problem: Schools and students are tradionally disconnected from their community and seldom do they work on interrelated projects that will benefit both the school and the people of the community.

Solution: Mentoring students to devlop free software, such as the Drupal content management system, will introduce students to the myriad of careers and skills necessary to build a successful web presence - cooperatively. A web presence is more than just a website and also includes items like video, audio, and content that is compelling. No longer are we limited to a brochure online type of approach. Engaging people is the name of the game now. Beyond a web presence, students will also be mentored in ways to engage their community in building platform tools owned by the community.

Co-op Revenue - $243.2 billion - International Summit of Cooperatives 2016 - Quebec

The International Summit of Cooperatives convened in Quebec in 2016. The general message of the conference was that cooperatives are everywhere and one only needs to raise awareness for this idea to spread. That seems to be happening as evidenced by the attendance at this conference - 3000 people from 117+ countries according to the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA.coop) one of the sponsors of #ISCOOP2016.

Visualizing and growing diversity in software communities

What if we knew each other a little better and were more likely to collaborate? I recently helped put together an effort to do just that for the Free Software Foundation, and I would love to cross-pollinate and connect it with other communities that have a shared mission and different skills. The basic idea of this campaign involves showing the faces and allowing the passionate messages of the people to be heard within a community: No one from the outside can feel like part of a community without connecting or identifying with someone inside the community.

Noam Chomsky and Richard Stallman - Meeting One

At noon on Wednesday July 22nd, 2015, Richard Stallman (RMS) and Noam Chomsky met for the first time. We met in Noam's office, located in the Stata building on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Richard also has an office. We sat down to discuss the Free Software Movement, Digital Restrictions Management, then we briefly touched on domain name seizures, workers rights and worker-cooperatives. The atmosphere was jovial yet serious, and the discussion was soon underway.