I'm really enjoying the distributed collaborative nature of working on karrot lately.

Here is our more refined landing page (in progress) which involves contributions from people with Greek, Swedish, British, Brazilian, German, and Czech origins.

Then used by people in various other countries, most of whom probably have no idea what's going on behind the scenes.

Thanks everyone! (not that most of them will read this...).

/by social.coop/@nicksellen

Karrot started to let you co-ordinate Pickups at Stores. Very specific for this one case.

Then Stores became Places to make it more general.

Then Pickups became Activities which could be one of Pickups, Distributions, Meetings, or Events.

And just now I deployed the next step: fully customizable activities, so you can create your own with custom icons and colours, and even edit the default types too.

I'm really happy to bring in more features that let groups adapt Karrot to fit their needs.

We're evolving the governance features of karrot and looking for examples of existing community guidelines, rules, agreements, etc.

This is to make sure the model we come up with will be usable for a range of different groups with different approaches.

Any you can share with us?

To get the ball rolling the noisebridge ones are a good example for us to look at --> noisebridge.net/wiki/Community

Boosts for visibility welcome!

/by social.coop/@nicksellen

I'm very appreciative that our lovely translators have translated karrot 100% into German, Spanish, Luxembourgish, Czech, and Esperanto.

... and over 80% into Polish, French, Swedish, and Hindi.

... and then some in Chinese, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Marathi, and Gujarati.

Yay for translators πŸš€ 🀩

(I'm a little sad though that contributing to the rest of the project is limited to English).

/by social.coop/@nicksellen

I just deployed this change yesterday so it's live at karrot.world

Next step is custom defined types, which is actually already needed coded.

What would be great is to have input from people/groups that might like to use it for stuff like community gardens, bike kitchens, mutual aid groups, food rescue..

Karrot provides democratic membership empowerment* + communication + task co-ordination features.

* to avoid saying "management"!

/by social.coop/@nicksellen

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Woo, we just merged a long awaited change: you can organise more than just food pickups!

For now we just added a few common types including meetings, but the next iteration will include the ability to define your own custom types per group.

It's part of the long awaited vision to make karrot suitable for general purpose community organising. We'll probably have group templates in the future... like foodsaving group, community garden, bike kitchen, etc...

/by social.coop/@nicksellen

Karrot at the NordiCHI conference!

Here's our paper from the recent workshop for "Sharing & Cooperativism: Designing For Economies" as part of NordiCHI 2020.


We pondered about decentralized organising and growth patterns, operating outside of normal economic models, democratic governance, participatory design, and stuff like that :)

(other papers from the workshop at sharingcoopnordichi2020.wordpr)

/by social.coop/@nicksellen

We're making some tutorial videos for karrot, and I'm wondering if there is an appropriate peertube instance we could use, any ideas?

The target audience will be less technically savvy users, and I'm hoping it wouldn't show some really confusing unrelated videos alongside it!

/by social.coop/@nicksellen

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I'm really enjoying some more productive work on @karrot in the last few days with this nice cosy desk setup, thanks to kanthaus for having me here.

I've been adding the first part of custom activity types (pickups, meetings, events, etc.), geoip to show local groups more prominently, saving message drafts, playing with new cool vue state management techniques, and maybe more.

A nice article about one of the groups that use Karrot:

"How one Swedish city grew the commons by foodsharing during the pandemic"


/toot by social.coop/@nicksellen

FOSS works better when designed together with its users! Especially in the case of Karrot, which strives to be a community-led project to help people organize and make decisions collectively on a voluntary and autonomous basis.

That is why we started a community design process in order to design new governance features!

This is the first iteration of this design process, an adaptation of a design sprint. Any project out there with similar experience?


/by @bruno

Excited to have our submission to the "Sharing & Cooperativism: Designing For Economies" workshop at NordiCHI 2020 accepted!

Not sure how it works really, but we're interested to engage with HCI (Human Computer Interaction) researchers about the intersection of grassroots resource saving initiatives, open source software, and democratic governance.

I'm not in academia but keen to try and support the bridge between theory and practise.


/by social.coop/@nicksellen

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Great to stumble across policykit.org - adding democratic governance features within software for communities, based on principles from Elinor Ostrom.

It's the same approach we are taking with @karrot.

Haven't read the paper yet...

Oops, I forgot the authorship...

Toot by social.coop/bruno

After all we're not faceless tools and organizations, and also I can be hold accountable for any bulls**t I write on the behalf of others πŸ˜„

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Karrot can be used not only to organize food saving, but also bike saving! Bike Kitchens in Gothenburg, Sweden are open DIY bike workshop run by volunteers.

They use Karrot to communicate and coordinate when and who is keeping the workshop open and where they will pick up abandoned bikes that anyone can take home after fixing them in the workshop. If you already have your own bike to fix, just drop by, borrow the tools and get some help if needed!

All 100% non-commercial and volunteer-driven!

How to organize and distribute tasks in a community/grassroots project when the number of people and locations are more than just a few?

On Karrot, people who pick up food waste at supermarkets, bakeries and restaurants, can self-assign to do these pickups and everybody in their group can see clearly who's participating, when and where it's taking place.

Here is a screenshot of how we use this feature in our food saving and sharing project in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Toot by social.coop/@bruno

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You can follow the project at:


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Why Mastodon and the fediverse are β€œdoomed to fail”

-> a small rant about how the profit lens distorts our understanding of success vs. failure:


Want to know actual stories of people and groups using Karrot to save and share food?

Check them out here:

Next up I'd like to write more about one of Karrot's main features: creating and self-assigning pickups/activities at a certain place and time.

Toot by social.coop/@bruno

Currently toots are by social.coop/@nicksellen but hopefully I'll lure more of us into this 😎

Me and social.coop/@bruno are active on the project.

Looking forward to connecting with more fediverse people about karrot and related stuff! ❀️

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