What is CommunityBridge?
This site is built on a video conferencing platform that utilizes the powerful BigBlueButton (BBB) technology. As a member of CommunityBridge, you are assigned a dedicated room for video conferencing, which can be accessed through a persistent URL (link) that is easy to remember. CommunityBridge is also a place to learn about worker-owned cooperatives. The best part is that there is no need to install any software. BBB seamlessly operates within a browser on most devices, ensuring anonymity, convenience, privacy and accessibility for everyone.
Our team is thrilled to bring you CommunityBridge. This site is running an instance of BigBlueButton, video chat platform that is feature rich, FREE and open source software. Once you create an account, you can host events, show movies, give presentations, host team meetings, compose documents together, do interviews or gather to engage in deep and meaningful discussions. You can record your sessions and share the video. You can also retain your PRIVACY on CommunityBridge as there is nothing to install. When you install an “APP” it gets permission to interact with other software on your device – some even get your contacts and record keystrokes. “Apps” can also interact with other “APPs” you have installed. CommunityBridge is the destination that starts the trip to cooperatively protect our privacy.
- CommunityBridge can host up to 250 people in a meeting or event.
- Our BBB server can ultimately host 2000+ people.
- Your chat room will have a permanent address/URL for visitors.
- Joining on a mobile phone is easy.
- There are breakout rooms for larger meetings.
- We can provide a cohost/tech support person for the duration of your meeting. *
- Live technical support at your meeting to facilitate and teach you how to use the features. *
- Items with * may include a small $ fee to pay the facilitator. If you already contribute to CommunityBridge, the fee may be waived!
What happens here? COOPERATION. Join the Bi-Monthly OPEN Town Hall Gatherings where we learn from each other and can speak directly with members of worker-owned cooperative businesses. Meet cooperators that are currently working in or building coops and people that are new to the cooperative experience. Come share practices, policies, governance, structures, and how some of us use Sociocracy at work and play.
Democracy at Work is something everyone deserves and the inspiration for these small informal gatherings where we can chat with each other and where introductions can be made.
Get on the CommunityBridge Town Hall mailing list where you can share information and volunteer to host an event, suggest topics of discussion for future gatherings and receive notice of future events.
An Exceptional Video Conferencing Platform
Rooms provide video conferencing as well as a shared notes document, a multi-user whiteboard, a public and private text chat feature, embedded video for sharing movies, screen sharing, a presentation mode, breakout rooms, polls, recording, live analytics, document sharing with download capabilities and much more. The landing page to your room can be customized, with images and a description of your organization or meeting agenda. More features are continually added as Countries adopt BBB as the platform of choice for communications in Governments and Universities around the world. See the current list of FEATURES.
A Versatile Meeting Space
CommunityBridge offers a range of features to enhance your video conferencing experience. You can manage meetings with a whiteboard and upload annotated slides. The layout of speakers and presentations can be customized. Unique URLs allow you to open multiple tabs and view multiple rooms simultaneously, ideal for breakout sessions or conferences. Powered by BigBlueButton, a trusted platform in education, Your meetings and events can be recorded as video or audio in MP4 format. CommunityBridge prioritizes interactivity and inclusive discussions.
A Better Way to Chat, Share, and Document
Attendees have access to the entire text chat history, including what was posted before entering. The chat also persists for every attendee, regardless of whether they leave and rejoin the meeting or arrive at the meeting late. Additionally, both chat and the shared notes document can be downloaded at any time, or exported to multiple formats.
A Better Form of Privacy
On the surface, CommunityBridge is a really cool video chat platform powered by BigBlueButton. If you dig a little bit deeper, you will find that BBB is FREE (as in free speech) and Open Source software that protects the privacy of all attendees. We offer this space for people to have a safer place to meet and enjoy friendship and cooperation.
Can you sustain a MOVEMENT for JUSTICE using unjust TOOLS?