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There are several other experiments in organizing and/or worker empowerment platforms out there. This is a list of some of them.

Organise

Runs Facebook ads to move workers in specific workplaces to surveys about their main grievances, then begins campaigns on these issues. The petition-based model is reminiscent of 38degrees/Avaaz.

Coworker

Coworker.org allows you to start, run, and win campaigns to change your workplace. Have an idea for improving your workplace? Start by creating a Coworker.org petition and talking to your coworkers about your campaign. Every day, people are launching and joining campaigns around issues large and small -- from improving an office breakroom to providing paid sick leave to employees. Anything is possible when coworkers join together.

Also hosts networks for specific workplaces but it's unclear if people can communicate in other ways than through petitions.

Movement

An app by the Common Knowledge tech workers' coop. A "grasroots onboarding service" that connects local people to organisers.

Aragon

An organization platform built on Ethereum. Is meant to be a fully-featured decentralized voting platform with features like shared finances and external apps.

Loomio

A platform, built by some of the folks from Occupy, to discuss and vote on proposals online. Can be self-hosted.

Pursuance

An in-progress platform for decentralized organizing. End-to-end encrypted tasks and discussions. Groups are organized around common goals called "pursuances" and these groups can interact with each other (similar to Wobbly).

Polis

A tool for visualizing the opinions of the members of an organization. "Polis clusters participants to define the opinion landscape, identifying points of consensus and divergence."

decidim

"Free Open-Source participatory democracy for cities and organizations."

CitizenOS

"Your platform for petitions and decision-making in a team or community. Edit documents with others at the same time, structure discussions, involve thousands or millions of members, keep voting deadlines, collect votes for petitions."

DemocracyOS

DemocracyOS is an online space for deliberation and voting on political proposals. It is a platform for a more open and participatory government. The software aims to stimulate better arguments and come to better rulings, as peers.

Action Network

An online platform to help progressive causes. Features include

  • Organize people online and offline
  • Recruit and mobilize new activists
  • Raise funds to fuel important work

Not for worker organizing, but for specific causes.

Facebook and WhatsApp groups

A lot of workers organize over these channels, but there are several downsides:

  • No voting or syndication features
  • Group management is hierarchical (there are group owners/admins that control the group)
  • It's difficult to manage long-running conversations in a single chat thread (WhatsApp only)
  • Facebook can read all conversations and even delete groups that it deems unacceptable (Facebook only)