There is a growing number of tools out there that can help communities co-govern online.
Loomio - A forum platform developed by a worker co-op based on the practices of the Occupy movement. Encourages groups to move their discussions toward decisions. But doesn't specify what, for your group, counts as a decision, or the structure of the organization. Might pair well with CommunityRule.
Loomio - Make decisions without meetings
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Discourse - Self-hostable forum software often used for governance in DAOs and other self-organized communities.
Discourse - Civilized Discussion
Discourse is modern forum software for your community. Use it as a mailing list, discussion forum, long-form chat room, and more!
Open Collective - Financial and legal hosting for online communities, providing high levels of transparency in the sources and uses of a group's money. Enables supporters to make recurring payments.
Community is about trust and sharing. Open Collective lets you manage your finances so everyone can see where money comes from and where it goes. Collect and spend money transparently. Money management made simple, plus great tools for community engagement, budget reporting, and fiscal sponsorship.
Decidim - Designed to support the city government of Barcelona, but is increasingly being used as a platform for petitions, decision-making, and participatory budgeting in civil society groups.
Free and safe technology. With all democratic guarantees. Reprogramming democracy is now possible with Decidim.
CommunityRule - An experimental app for authoring and publishing simply bylaws documents.
CommunityRule is a governance toolkit for great communities. How does your community work? Are you ready to make hard decisions? Too often, we leave the most basic questions unstated and unanswered. CommunityRule makes it easier to clarify the basics so you can focus on other things.
Metagov prototype - An experimental tool enabling user-defined governance processes that integrate with widely used platforms, such as Discourse, Slack, and Open Collective.
An academic exploration of the problem and lack of online governance tools:
Admins, Mods, and Benevolent Dictators for Life: The Implicit Feudalism of Online Communities
This essay considers how social networks train users to interact with each other through certain widespread interface designs. I argue that an "implicit feudalism" informs the available options for community management on the Internet's most popular platforms for online communities.
A good overview of tools focused on civic contexts, like empowering citizens in a city to participate in government processes. Some of this can work for organizational contexts as well.
Next-Generation Engagement Platforms, and How They Are Useful Right Now (Part 1) | Civic Hall
Inspiration for remotely engaging your constituency The COVID-19 pandemic rather abruptly eliminated some of our traditional methods of engaging large groups of people. Canvassing, rallies, and large public events have either been taken entirely off the table or drastically reduced in size.
Call for more democratic governance in social media from the blog of the app Aether:
The death and life of great online cities
Note: this is the second part of a series on moderation in online and decentralised communities. Previous part(s) here: I Last week (shh, yes last week) we were talking about how the only long-term viable mode of operation for an online community of sufficient size is one that of a sovereign state where the users are citizens who consent to the actions of that state.