Back in early February, Palante headed to our newest outpost in Long Beach, California for our winter retreat. Retreats are a big change of pace: our team is distributed across both coasts and in between, and we're typically quite occupied with day-to-day work. Twice a year, we dedicate a full weekend to the retreat and put together an agenda of longer conversations we think will benefit from being in the same room (with the occasional marathon video conference participant).
Palante is thrilled to introduce our newest worker, Janine Ko! Janine comes to us with a background in computer science, peer education, ethnic studies, and health organizing, and has also worked with some of Palante's current clients in their capacity as an organizer. Their work at Palante will focus on providing tech support to clients in New York City. We're excited to have another awesome new cooperative member to work with and look forward to their collaborations with Palante's client organizations!
Happy New Year! Well sorta! ( Time just keeps slipping away!)
2017 was a year of change for Palante. We said goodbye to a co-founding worker, Joseph, started doing digital security work and welcomed several new clients to the fold! Most importantly though, and not previously stated on this blog, we welcomed two new worker-owners to the fold! Let us introduce again Kristin and Morgan!
Sadly, it is time for Palante to say goodbye to worker-owner and best beard owner, Joseph Lacey. Joseph has been with Palante since its founding in 2010 and has been a key part of Palante's growth in the CiviCRM community. We will miss his deadpan humor, rich baritone, and deep knowledge of CiviCRM and SQL. He is leaving Palante for other endeavors and we wish him the best of luck.
Inspired by recent political developments, Palante has prioritized changing the backup infrastructure that we use for ourselves and our clients to support encrypted backups. We chose BorgBackup (https://www.borgbackup.org/), and can now say we fully support encrypted backups to local usb drives and to remote ssh servers for our clients. If the usb backup drive or the remote backup server fell into the wrong hands, your files on those drives would be inaccessible to anyone without the encryption key.
We are warning all Palante clients to be careful about opening any remotely suspicious Google Docs emails today. If you're not sure it's legit, either do not click the link OR forward it to us to double-check!
EDITED 2:15pm PT/5:15pm ET: Google Docs just posted this statement to their official Twitter account:
Palante is excited to welcome our newest worker, Morgan Robinson! Morgan comes to us with a background in community development and geographic information systems. She describes herself as a devoted coop nerd and will be providing Palante clients with CiviCRM support. We're grateful to be working with Morgan and look forward to seeing her collaborate with Palante's client organizations!
It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Jon Goldberg, a founding member of Palante Technology Cooperative, without whom we wouldn't be as stable and successful as we've become. After six years of membership that includes implementing CiviCRM for many of our clients, providing local tech support to those in New York City and helping strengthen our own financial and technical infrastructure, he's leaving for other endeavors.
Palante is excited to welcome Kristin Snelling on board as our newest worker! Kristin comes to us after years of working as a web developer, designer, project manager and creative and executive director at Radical Designs, another worker-owned coop dedicated to working with nonprofits; as you might imagine, she's dived into the work and is already providing Drupal, Backdrop and CiviCRM support and development to Palante clients. We're thrilled to be working with Kristin and are excited that Palante's client organizations will benefit from her expertise and experience.