Web technology that works for your group
The Open Outreach distribution allows small nonprofits and grassroots movements to quickly, easily and affordably create a dynamic website. Harnessing the power of the open source content management system Drupal, Open Outreach provides groups with a leg up in website development by preconfiguring the areas of functionality that groups often need to effectively showcase their work and engage their constituency.
Open Outreach includes a rotating slideshow for the homepage, events calendar with repeating date functionality, blog content type with an associated author bio, basic social media integration and comment handling, mapping tools using OpenLayers and a contact management system using RedHen CRM.
Creating a community of Open Outreach users
One of our goals in the development of the Open Outreach distribution has been to create a community of users in which groups can assist other groups, resources can be pooled for adding new functionality and we can all learn from each other.
Over the years, developers Nedjo Rogers and Rosemary Mann have tossed around potential structural options for organizing and tried various methods to engage with groups using the software.We're trying a fresh approach that will simply aim to start getting those using Open Outreach connected.
Open Outreach welcomes new partner Praxis Labs
A managed hosting service is the first fruit of a new partnership between Chocolate Lily Web Projects and the Montreal-based cooperative Praxis Labs aimed at strengthening and expanding the nonprofit-focused Open Outreach Drupal distribution.
In late 2013, we as Open Outreach contributors began a process aimed at expanding and strengthening the project. We were interested in particular in the prospect of forming a technology cooperative that could include both developers and users of the software. Rather than immediately digging into the work of creating a new entity like a technology coop, Chocolate Lily and Praxis decided that “doing” was the key first step.
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In-depth interview with Open Outreach co-founder
Tag1 Consulting has recently posted an in-depth interview with Open Outreach co-founder and Tag1 team member Nedjo Rogers. In a wide ranging interview, Nedjo shares how he started with Drupal, why he co-founded Open Outreach, his views on Drupal 8 and his growing concern with the corporatization of the Drupal project.