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!
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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!
Today I successfully set up backing up all of our company's Google Documents to our own server in OpenOffice formats. Here's how I did it.
with Aaron Pava (CivicActions), Jody Hamilton (Zivtech), Eric Gundersen (Development Seed), Lior Kesos (Linnovate) View the session video on Archive.org
Jon and I attended CiviCon and DrupalCon in Chicago this past week. We learned TONS from both and we're all about sharing the knowledge. We've added notes from both DrupalCon and CiviCon to our Raw Notes series. Hope you enjoy them; please comment and share if you find them useful!