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BetterMeans.com: democratic governance model and web app

snapshot of Bettermeans.com BetterMeans.com has recently released a web based "open and democratic project management tool", and it looks very promising.  Along with basic tools like a wiki, discussion boards and document storage, it has array of tools for collectively prioritizing tasks, estimatating work item complexity, reviewing work, allocating compensation, and voting on motions.  The entire system seems to be built around a set of values that enforce and promote transparency, accountability, cooperation, pragmatism, and distributed leadership.

I could imagine it working with open source developers, maybe some collaborative scientists, activist collectives, and dnew not-for-profits.  I look forward to seeing how this tool evolves, what kinds of groups use and what for.

Online Tools for Brainstorming, Deliberating and Rating Ideas

While my main interest is in tools for group decision making and governance that people can us without the need for computers, I am frequently asked by the geek types "Hey, I bet dotmocracy would work great online. Do you have a web version?" In short, I don't but there are web applications for brainstorming ideas, deliberating them, rating and recognizing the level of agreement among participants, similar to the paper based dotmocracy process. Here is short list of the best ones I found:

Hosting for Online Discussion Groups

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If the high majority of the members of your organization or community use the Internet, you may find online discussion groups helpful for hosting communication in between meetings.


Below is a list of some of the best discussion mailing list hosting options available today...

groups.yahoo.com
The standard that others compare against. Incudes many features such as polls, photos, calendar and more.

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