Subject: Re: [NYCGA Internet] Re: Fw: OWS Website and Community - Ning.com
From: Devin Balkind
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:11:46 -0400
To: internet_working_group@googlegroups.com
CC: Jonathan Hull <jhull@ning.com>, "press@occupywallst.org" <press@occupywallst.org>

Jonathan, in my view and the views of many others in the tech groups surrounding OWS, proprietary solutions aren't consistent with the values of the occupy movement. We try to use free/libre/opensource alternatives (ie. drupal commons, Jomsocial) whenever possible. There's also a debate about whether of not OWS wants to organize around a central social network or - instead - focus on interoperability between the platforms that occupations are currently using such as BuddyPress and RSS feeds.

We're trying to make transparent the projects we're working on and tracking here: wiki.occupyeverywhere.org

That's just my opinion. I welcome your participation.



On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 3:50 PM, Sam Boyer <act@samboyer.org> wrote:
I mean i'm certainly open to a conversation, not that i'm any kind of point person or decision maker...but i'm also still in San Francisco. I'll be back in nyc tomorrow...
Sent from my phone

Jonathan Hull <jhull@ning.com> wrote:

>Hey Sam and OWS,
>
>Saw this today and I'm still interested in helping you guys launch a
>community site on Ning.
>
>http://techpresident.com/blog-entry/ows-online-movement-starting-level
>
>
>Any way I can swing down today and discuss how to help the movement online?
>
>Thanks!
>
>Jonathan Hull
>
>Www.Ning.com
>650-833-8776
>
>
>On 10/18/11 11:04 AM, "Sam Boyer" <act@samboyer.org> wrote:
>
>>hi Jonathan,
>>
>>i can't speak for the working group as a whole or anything, but i can
>>say that we're generally not interested in relying on any kind of
>>hosted/commercial service for our core discussions and networks. i think
>>that accurately echoes the sentiment of most of what i've seen discussed.
>>
>>On 10/16/11 9:09 PM, Press wrote:
>>> I will forward the offer to our Internet team.
>>>
>>> PR Team
>>> Occupy Wall Street: www.occupywallst.org <http://www.occupywallst.org>
>>> New York General Assembly: http://nycga.cc/
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 12:03 AM, Jonathan Hull <jhull@ning.com
>>> <mailto:jhull@ning.com>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Let's talk - prices start at $25/month but if you'd be willing to be
>>> a press example, I could waive the fee for a period of time to get
>>> you started.
>>>
>>> I'm based in NY and would love to meet to show you a demo. I could
>>> swing downtown tomorrow if it makes sense for you.
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> Jonathan
>>>
>>> *From*: Press [mailto:press@occupywallst.org
>>> <mailto:press@occupywallst.org>]
>>> *Sent*: Sunday, October 16, 2011 10:55 PM
>>> *To*: Jonathan Hull
>>> *Subject*: Re: Fw: OWS Website and Community - Ning.com
>>>
>>> Are you offering this service for free, or is this a paid service?
>>>
>>> PR Team
>>> Occupy Wall Street: www.occupywallst.org
>>><http://www.occupywallst.org>
>>> New York General Assembly: http://nycga.cc/
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 4:46 PM, Jonathan Hull <jhull@ning.com
>>> <mailto:jhull@ning.com>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hey there,
>>> Just following up on this and would love to help so please let
>>> me know if you can meet for a demo or speak.
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> J
>>>
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: Jonathan Hull
>>> Sent: Friday, October 07, 2011 05:13 PM
>>> To: general@occupywallst.org <mailto:general@occupywallst.org>
>>> <general@occupywallst.org <mailto:general@occupywallst.org>>;
>>> press@occupywallst.org <mailto:press@occupywallst.org>
>>> <press@occupywallst.org <mailto:press@occupywallst.org>>
>>> Subject: OWS Website and Community - Ning.com
>>>
>>> Hey OWS,
>>>
>>> First off, I think what you've built is amazing and would love
>>> to help with your current site and online community.
>>>
>>> I work at Ning, which is the world's largest platform for
>>> creating social websites and currently have over 100,000
>>> communities live today. What I do at Ning is help activists,
>>> artists, brands, etc. use our platform to grow and engage their
>>> base. We've had a great amount of success with Causes and I
>>> would love to work with Occupy Wall St. to help launch an
>>> awesome community for organizers and supporters.
>>>
>>> I've attached a one-sheet with more information about Ning and
>>> here are some examples that I hope you find helpful:
>>>
>>> Politics/Causes:
>>>
>>> Connected Peace Corps - http://community.peacecorpsconnect.org
>>> Community of over 24,000 former Peace Corps volunteers
>>> T. Boone Pickens "Pickens Plan" - http://push.pickensplan.com
>>> Alternative energy army with over 200,000 members
>>> IAVA's "Community of Veterans" - http://iavaonline.org/form -
>>> Private network of Iraq/Afghanistan veterans
>>> Joe Sestak for Senate Case Study
>>> -http://about.ning.com/spotlight/politics - Network disbanded
>>> after campaign
>>> Obama Alumni Network - http://obamaalumni.ning.com - Private
>>> network for alumni of the 2008 Obama/Biden campaign
>>> I'd love to set up a call or meeting to discuss more in detail
>>> and give you a proper demo next week. I'm based in Brooklyn and
>>> would be happy to meet when/where is most convenient for you.
>>>
>>> Thanks!
>>>
>>> Jonathan Hull
>>>
>>> Director of Partner Marketing
>>> www.Ning.com <http://www.Ning.com>
>>> 650-833-8776 <tel:650-833-8776>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>



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