Michele, prefers to be called "Micky". In addition to being a member of Agaric in Boston, she is heavily involved in the “free software for community building” movement - using tools like VOIP, Drupal and GNU/Linux. She is liaison between the US Solidarity Economy Network (SEN) - devoted to ongoing dialog on building the network for a New Economy - and US Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), the national grassroots organization of 4,000 US worker-owners “building power with national and international partners to advance an agenda for economic justice rooted in community-based, shared ownership.” Agaric’s 5 web developers on 3 continents build applications online, offer international webinars and host local meetings working with organizations such as Platform Cooperativism, Ujima Boston, Resource Generation, and The Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives, to raise awareness of cooperative business models free software and local opportunities. As a member of MayFirst.org Leadership Committee, Micky works with technical activists to connect people with the information and tools they need to move from being a global network, to being a global movement based on solidarity, the workers’ economy needs Free software tools that protect our freedoms, tools for live-conferencing, adapted so workforces can communicate in native languages from afar. Her four topic areas -- Community building, Industry organizing, Free software liberation & cooperative development -- converge in her presentations and add depth to her relationships with clients. Micky is a member of Drupal, a community based on free software and she writes about her experience as a contributing author in "Ours to Hack and to Own". The book is known as the handbook for the Platform Cooperativism Movement which was started at the New School in NYC by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider. It is now among top technology books of 2017 listed by Wired magazine.
Recent blog posts by Michele Metts
- Daily Business Operations Using Free Software
- Global Training Day - fun and accesible to all!
- Learn with dinarcon in his upcoming Drupal tour
- Catch some Agarics at June conferences
- Boston Collaboratory School - Mentoring Horizontally, Up, Down and Sideways
- Co-op Revenue - $243.2 billion - International Summit of Cooperatives 2016 - Quebec