Useful Online Tools

In recent years a number of excellent online collaborative tools have emerged for group work and participatory decision making. You’ll probably already be familiar with tools like Google Drive and Dropbox, but below are several of our favourite lesser-known projects. Do comment below if you think there are any we should add!

Loomio

Loomio
Loomio is a workers’ co-operative that is rapidly developing their free, open source, mobile-friendly, web-based platform for collaborative decision making. The process is similar to consensus decision making in physical meetings.

Online discussions spawn proposals which participants can then discuss and vote on. As the discussion progresses the original proposal can be repeatedly amended, tweaked or discarded. Everyone can change their votes at any time until a happy consensus is reached. It may sound complicated, but it’s actually pretty straightforward and fun!

Trello

Trello is a free web-based project management application.
Trello is a free, mobile-friendly, web-based platform for collaborative project-management. It works quite like a giant online cork-board and post-it note to-do list!

As an individual or an organisation you have a load of boards. On each board you stack up cards into columns. Each card represents a job that needs doing, and contains info, discussions, images, documents etc. As jobs progress and priorities change, each card can then be moved, re-stacked or purged.

It’s relatively straight forward, and when used effectively can save you a lot of time, allow you to quickly assess your priorities and help to spread out workloads!

s.coop

URL shortener

Want to show off your co-operative credentials every time you shorten a link? Similar to bitly or tinyurl.com, the co-operatively run, Sheffield based s.coop allows you register short, easy-to-remember redirect links for your web-content.

For example s.coop/webtools redirects to this page. Handily, adding a + to the address brings up basic traffic statistics on how many people are using the link: s.coop/webtools+.

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