Co-op of co-ops

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A co-op of co-ops

The Online Meeting Co-operative is a co-operative of co-operatives who share work and expenses in order to provide online meeting services to members.

Membership structure

Membership of The Online Meeting Co-operative is only open to co-operatives.

There are two classes of membership, consumer member co-ops and producer member co-ops (producer member co-ops will generally also be consumers).

We try to make decisions using consensus but if this fails there is one vote per member co-operative.

Services provided to consumer member co-ops

Each co-operative consumer member is provided with one or more BigBlueButton Greenlight containers, on a fair use basis, with these customisation options:

  • Full control over the provisioning of accounts
  • Your own domain / sub-domain for the service, for example meetings.example.coop
  • Your own email address / account for password reminders etc, this can use a SMTP account on your own server, for example meetings@example.coop
  • Your choice of max number of rooms per account
  • Your choice of max duration of meetings
  • Your choice of max participants in meetings

Services provided by producer member co-ops

The producer member co-ops work together to ensure:

  • Consumer members are supported
  • Servers are provisioned and maintained
  • Bills for servers are paid
  • Consumer members co-operatives contribute a fair amount towards the cost of the services they use
  • Producer co-operatives are are paid a fair amount based on the amount of time their workers contribute to the co-operative

Services provided directly by member co-operatives

Services available directly from member co-operatives of The Online Meeting Co-operative:

Greenlight user accounts

If you want one or more accounts to host meetings for yourself or your organisation then sign up for a service from one of these co-operatives directly:

  • Collective.Tools
  • diglife.com
  • femProcomuns.coop
  • MayFirst.coop
  • Open.coop
  • Webarchitects.coop

Dedicated Greenlight containers

If your organisation is a co-operative you can join the Online Meeting Co-operative as a produced member and be provided with one or more Greenlight containers, if you are an individual or organisation which is not a co-operative you can purchase a Greenlight container from one of the members of the Online Meeting Co-operative who provide them for clients:

  • autonomic.zone
  • femProcomuns.coop
  • koumbit.org
  • MayFirst.coop
  • Webarchitects.coop

Greenlight container customisation

  • A maintained fork of the meet.coop default Greenlight Docker image (the default is registry.git.coop/meet/greenlight/images/greenlight:www.meet.coop the code for which is available here https://git.coop/meet/greenlight/) to allow additional branding and user interface changes other than simply colours and the logo

Available from Autonomic

Dedicated BigBlueButton servers

Sysadmin provisioning of dedicated BigBlueButton servers, these allow additional options:

  • Enabling of meeting recordings
  • API access for CMS plugins such as Nextcloud, Moodle, WordPress and Drupal

Available from