A nice article about one of the groups that use Karrot:
"How one Swedish city grew the commons by foodsharing during the pandemic"
/toot by https://social.coop/@nicksellen
FOSS works better when designed together with its users! Especially in the case of Karrot, which strives to be a community-led project to help people organize and make decisions collectively on a voluntary and autonomous basis.
That is why we started a community design process in order to design new governance features!
This is the first iteration of this design process, an adaptation of a design sprint. Any project out there with similar experience?
Karrot can be used not only to organize food saving, but also bike saving! Bike Kitchens in Gothenburg, Sweden are open DIY bike workshop run by volunteers.
They use Karrot to communicate and coordinate when and who is keeping the workshop open and where they will pick up abandoned bikes that anyone can take home after fixing them in the workshop. If you already have your own bike to fix, just drop by, borrow the tools and get some help if needed!
All 100% non-commercial and volunteer-driven!
Back on the fediverse after a while to write some toots for @karrot , I remembered that I wrote a text for food saving/sharing groups making a case for them not to use Facebook for organizing and to choose free and open-source tools instead.
I make not only an ethical argument, but also explain why other tools are much better suited for these communities to grow and work properly:
How to organize and distribute tasks in a community/grassroots project when the number of people and locations are more than just a few?
On Karrot, people who pick up food waste at supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants, can self-assign to do these pickups and everybody in their group can see clearly who's participating, when and where it's taking place.
Here is a screenshot of how we use this feature in our food saving and sharing project in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Toot by social.coop/@bruno
Hey :) This is an account for karrot - an open source community organising platform focused on resource saving and sharing.
We're currently being used by a bunch of groups around Europe who save and share food from being wasted (see https://karrot.world/#/groupPreview), but heading towards general community organising uses too.
We're into stuff like participatory design, democratic process, non/less-hierarchical structure.
We're open source (you can use our main instance, or self-host).
I exaggerate when I write majority, but there's really a lot of old men in these circles!
Not the best way to slow down, but still an interesting experiment on a global scale. Yes, the poorest and most vulnerable will probably be the ones hit the hardest, as usual. But still a virus has this egalitarian aspect to it that makes even the filthy rich and powerful think twice about continuing with business as usual. Also, have you ever noticed that the majority of these decision-makers are 70+ men, part of the risk group?
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