Palante Tech has hired a new member of our cooperative, Nina Reyes. Nina comes to us via our colleagues at Rayogram, and brings many years of Drupal experience with her. We're excited to have an awesome new member to work with, and are excited about the additional capacity this provides us to serve our awesome clients!
As part of our commitment to the worker cooperative movement and open source business principles, we want to make the documentation that runs our business freely available. To that end, today we're opening the "PT Commons", a repository of internal documents that may be of interest to other cooperatives and tech providers. Find it at: https://hq.palantetech.coop.
For new and forming cooperatives, you'll find documents like our bylaws and certificate of incorporation. For folks doing similar work, you'll find technical documentation about how we do our job. Over the coming weeks, we'll be reviewing more of our internal documentation and making it available online! If there's a document you'd like to see right away, feel free to let us know.
A common need when creating Drupal content types that include geographic info: a key|value formatted list of US states and territories that can be dropped into the allowed values attribute of a field. I found this great start, a list of all the states, then added the territories and their postal codes from Wikipedia. Hope this helps someone else!
If you search online, the most common method for extracting a list of subscribers of a Mailman list requires command-line access to the Mailman server. There's a much more user-friendly way to do it via the web interface.
The easiest way is to pull up the roster, which you can do by taking the web address for the admin interface, and substituting the word "roster" for the word "admin". So for example:
Palante Tech will be running at limited capacity on May 1st to allow us to participate alongside our client organizations, allies, and the thousands of others across the United States and around the world organizing for the Occupy general strike and International Workers' Day. We're happy that as a worker-owned cooperative, we were able to bring our shared values and beliefs to this consensus-based decision.
Palante Tech is excited to announce Benjamin Doherty as the newest member of our cooperative! Benjamin, aka bangpound on Drupal.org and elsewhere online, is a longtime Drupal developer and contributor to Drupal core and modules.
This is a writeup of our internal process for troubleshooting rdiff-backup/backupninja errors. Please note that it's a work in progress!
Palante Technology has been together for a while, and for months we have been working towards this moment. Last Friday, thanks to the help of the wonderful lawyers at the Urban Justice Center's Community Development Project, the four current worker-owners of Palante Tech signed the papers to officially become Palante Technology Cooperative, Incorporated! We are now an official New York State Cooperative Corporation. We're proud to have our official name reflect our commitment to collective organizing, and to supporting an alternative economy where all workers have respect, stability, and agency in their workplace. ¡Pa'lante!
It's been the usual state of affairs on the Palante website for a while (the cobbler's children have no shoes and all), but don't let the inactivity fool you – we've been plenty busy! One awesome example of what we've been up to is the recently launched Drupal 7 website for Social Justice Leadership, an amazing organization that works with other grassroots organizations across the country to develop and implement a transformative organizing framework for social change.
The site was built by us at Palante Tech along with Michelle Murrain on development and Claudina Sarahe on theming. The design is by the talented folks at Hazan + Company. We also created an integrated and highly-customized CiviCRM implementation for SJL so that they can seamlessly manage their communication and relationships with their contacts in one place. We worked closely with SJL throughout the project and developed a great relationship with them in the process, so we were thrilled to see the site launch and look forward to continuing to work with them.
Soon to come: an actual portfolio so that we can show the world more of what keeps us so busy!
I'm currently en route from Minnesota, where I helped the Progressive Technology Project train community organizations on using PowerBase, to Detroit for the 2011 Allied Media Conference. This will be my second time in Detroit (I was here for last year's US Social Forum) but my first time at the AMC, and I'm thoroughly excited, not only because the entire event is sure to be amazing, but also because I'm presenting!