|Re: Internal Communications||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Jude Foster (foster.judegmail.com)|
|Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 17:35:34 -0700 (PDT)|
Hello everyone. I want to share the communication system we have been using since 2011, at Trillium Hollow in Portland Oregon.. It is an open forum, open sourced project, and the basic system is free, from Simple Machines. Here is the link. http://www.simplemachines.org/ A tech-y member of our community took it on, and set up the initial layout to serve our needs, and since then the whole system has grown and thrived. It holds our announcements and discussions, HOA minutes, team minutes, team business, community and personal announcements and requests, photos, financial info, time-sensitive news, a google-type calendar, etc. Everything is organized like a file cabinet, with headings and sug-headings. When members log on, they can click the “show unread posts since last visit” to stay informed. Minutes and history can always be found; past stuff doesn’t get lost; it makes for great transparency and keeps everyone current within a complex community. Some of us use it every day, some check it every couple days, some less often - personal preferences and variations continue of course! We also use email for various reasons - for instance, when teams are editing minutes before they get published to everyone - and announcements are also printed sometimes. But this “Talk Central” is the core workhorse of our communications. I happen to be the organizer and manager of it (the non-technical side); I delete old posts and keep it current as best I can. The free version from Simple Machines has some limitations (you can still only attach .doc but not .docx for instance) but compared to the complex array of systems some of you still seem to still be using, it is GOLD. I hope this leads some of you to explore this possibility! Cheers, from Jude, at Trillium Hollow
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