This piece was originally published in the 2016 print edition of Model View Culture. We get frequent questions about the basics of tech worker cooperatives, so we're sharing this here!
Palante Tech Blog
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We maintain a wide variety of hardware and systems not only for our nonprofit clients, but also for ourselves. One challenge of that is connecting unique systems into one platform for monitoring.
Almost a year before I helped start Palante in 2010, I attended my first Fighting Burnout Retreat, a yearly event held by the Audre Lorde Project to help people involved in movement organizing identify how our work might be leading to burnout and how we might be able to counter that, both for our own individual health and for the collective health of our movements. I remember discussing our levels of burnout and describing myself as "crispy." That was eleven long and eventful years ago.
At our most recent retreat we had a generative discussion on our shared values as an organization. We've been working to develop a more formal statement of our principles, which we're excited to share here and on our new Values page! Palante Technology Cooperative and its members uphold and demonstrate the following values and principles in our work:
Palante has published a new technical guide to Zoombombing self-defense! This detailed guide describes steps to take and settings to adjust before, during and after a Zoom event to protect our communities from Zoombombing and other intrusions or disruptions. The guide accompanies our recent post about how Zoombombing works and how we can use existing community safety principles and practices to defend our work and our people in virtual spaces.