OC Winds Down Twelve Years of Work

Dear Organizers Collaborative Supporters and Members:

We write to update you on recent developments with the Organizers Collaborative (OC).

OC was formed in 1999 with the mission to study and promote the use of electronic mail, databases, and the world wide web to increase communication between people and organizations working to advance the principles of human equality and participatory democracy.

Over the years we've held eleven conferences (Grassroots Use of Technology), developed and supported Organizers Database (ODB), an open source database specifically designed for need of activist organizations, and have provided training and support for grassroots groups looking to use technology for their organizing and advocacy work. More recently, we have held our conferences in collaboration with other organizations and networks working to promote progressive and democratic media. It has been a remarkable run.

Organizations, big and small, go through transitions. We wanted to bring you up to date on recent developments with the collaborative. First, we have decided to formally dissolve the organization. This action is a necessity for financial reasons and because many of the folks who have been centrally involved in the OC project have moved on to other work. We, the outgoing board, still believe in the mission of the organization. Therefore, we have taken the following steps to see that some of the work goes forward.

First, OC has reached an agreement withTecsChange. Under the new arrangement, TecsChange will take over the use of our mailing list in order to organize OC-style workshops and gatherings, like our Grassroots Use of Technology Conference. Those who have donated to Organizers’ Collaborative should expect a communication in the not to distant future asking whether or not they would like to continue being informed about important technology activities supporting grassroots and organizing groups.

The ODB project will continue under the direction of OC founder and ODB lead programmer, Rich Cowan. Rich will handle development, customization, and support. He is negotiating with another non-profit to have it serve as fiscal sponsor for the project. Stay tuned for an update from Rich. In the meantime if you need to reach the Rich or the ODB project you can use:

1734 Lakeview Avenue #102
Dracut, MA 01826

OC may be wrapping up its work as an organization, but some elements of the project will move forward. We are proud of the work we tackled over the ten plus years of our existence and all of the great support we have found from those committed to using technology for social change. We thank you for your support, participation in conferences, and engagement with the ODB project.


Rich Cowan, Founder (Dracut, MA)
Harold Jordan (Philadelphia, PA)
Amy Lipka, Vice President (Athens, OH)
Khalid Mustafa (Roxbury, MA)
Martha Rogers, Secretary (Quincy, MA)
Ben Sheldon, President (San Francisco, CA)
Felicia Sullivan, Treasurer (Lowell, MA)

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