June 2020 update
This is the June 2020 update that I shared with the Open Collective team. I thought I'd publish it here for the record. I'll write another update for July-August. Thank you for your ongoing support 🙏
Covid-19 changed priorities
Movements for the climate went hibernating (or rather shifted to taking care of their local community in those difficult times).
You can't just port a Ruby app (RebelsManager) to a different stack (Node/React).
This should be done using APIs but our current API is not developed enough (no mutations, "updates" not available on V2 but on V1, "conversations" available on V2 but not V1, ...)
Lack of enthousiasm (activism fatigue?)
What has been done
The Social Change Agency
- I convinced the The Social Change Agency to become an open collective host for the UK. They were introduced to me by Sophie Marple that I got to work with when we set up the AllForClimate-UK fund. They are now hosting almost 100 collectives that are acting as mutual aid funds. Together, they already raised more than £200k from almost 2,000 backers.
- I did a webinar with Amy from SCA organized by Open.coop to explain open collective and how it can help during the COVID-19 pandemic (video).
- I created a collective of Open Collective Europe Trainers that are helping hosts and collectives with webinars and other support. We also developed a script to walk through the Open Collective platform. First client has been The Social Change Agency.
All for Climate
- Climate Crisis Collective has raised more than $300k to date
- We continued the work with the AllForClimate.earth host. It has now more than 70 collectives. Together, they raised already €180k from 835 backers.
- I created a static website using open collective API to easily surface the latest updates across all collectives and the list of collectives that are active or not.
- I took the time to provide some feedback on the new expense flow and the upcoming host dashboard (by call)
- I've added the ability for organizations to publish updates (#3567)
- Being able to customize emails is very important for hosts. It's still too hard to do (I had to do a PR).
- GraphQL is cool. But the API + documentation is not inviting to create integrations with open collective.
- Expense management has rough edges
- You can't see the receipt big enough to read it until you click on it
- You need to open every single expense to see if there has been an answer to your comment
- When you go back to the list of expenses, you lost your position (need to scroll again to where you were)
- When you open the host dashboard
I'm a big believer that "Community is Immunity". That's why I've been focusing on rebuilding community bottom up, starting in our own street.
I've also been working on People Assemblies with Citizen Spring. We did one on 5G in English and French. I did a write up in French here: "Comment une assemblée populaire en ligne a fait changé mon avis sur la 5G".
- There is a need to move beyond existing currencies ($, €, £). Governments are printing more of them to bail out old industries that keep on burning fossil fuel. As long as we will keep using them, we defacto support those decisions.
- Community is immunity. People don't want to go back to "old jobs". We need ways / excuses to bring people back together at the very local level. We need to help people reconnect with one another and rediscover the skills and talents available in their respective communities.
- Working on openfacilitation.com, an open collective of facilitators with focus on providing a directory to help you find the facilitator you need