The toolbox is a collection of online services that allow communities to take advantage of free to use technologies. It has been designed to help commons organisations carry out the tasks they currently struggle with.

All of the technologies are open-source, which means that that have been publicly developed by communities to help other communities. The toolbox packages this software, which often needs to be set up individually, into a service called the 'gE.CO toolbox'. All of the individuals in an organisation can be invited to your group's personalised toolbox, allowing you to use all of the software services together. The technologies are provided for free, and you can retain the information generated through the technologies and will remain completely private.

If you think that the gE.CO toolbox could be useful to you or your organisation, please follow the instructions below.

The services

The toolbox is a collection of open-source software and services that have been brought together to help you with the tasks you regularly carry out. We have put together these tools based upon our experience of working with communities just like yours but are always looking for suggestions on how we might improve the platform.

If you have any ideas about how we might improve the toolbox, such as by suggesting a service we might add, please get in touch at support@gecotoolbox.io.

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NextCloud: File sharing and collaboration

NextCloud is a tool that helps organise groups by providing better ways of sharing files and digital content. For example, rather than sharing files through email or memory sticks, NextCloud allows everyone to work from the same folder at the same time. With NextCloud you can share documents, images and calendars which allows collaboration on documents.

There are over 200 'apps' that can be added to the platform to help you with tasks, so have a look at the extensions within your toolbox after you've signed up, allowing you to add things such as shared calendars.

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Loomio: Decision-making tools

Loomio helps communities make decisions better online with engaging methods for online discussion. The service allows people to discuss issues important to them, and take important decisions together. For example, the service could be used to be transparent about what was discussed at meetings, or to have discussions about a group's mission. Loomio is effective at engaging new people in the group, so if you want to engage people who can not be there in person, Loomio is a great choice.

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Wiki.js: Collectively make and share information

Wiki.js allows a group of people to work together to produce content on specific issues. The software could be used within a group to share best practice or their knowledge about aspects of the organisation, or could be used more widely to engage new people in sharing their knowledge on issues. For example, you could set up a blog about your organisation's activities.

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We're constantly answering questions from organisations. If you have any that are not answered below, please get in touch by emailing support@gecotoolbox.io.

Will I have to pay for the toolbox?
The gE.CO toolbox is funded by an EU grant so we can provide the toolbox free to use. In the future, we may no longer be able to pay for the service. When this happens, we will provide you with all the content you have made within the services. If you want to continue using the services, we will provide you with instructions on how to set them up for yourself.

How do I join?
If you are interested in using the toolbox, please follow the link below. You will be guided through the process of deciding which tools you would like to use and set up your organisation online.