Civic Tech Lab: Community Tools 23 February 2021 9-12 am CET



Nice @mattias! I’m sitting here with the JAK magazine next to me (Grus & Guld). What forum are they running on ? Is it Discourse?

:+1:. OK. It’s members of JAK running that inofficial forum. Yes it is Discourse. Officially the bank pays for proprietary platform Kundo which is not a proper forum but rather more like a pre-moderated FAQ in which the organization can filter out questions they find unsuitable: which is also used by and


Have you registered on Eventbrite? If not, register with a shipping address before Friday and you will get chocolate and stickers in the mail!


Next week we will look at how “the trinity of digital comms tools” can be used together!

When we are new to tools like this we can understand them by making parallels to what we already do face to face.

For instance, Swedish non-profit organisations are world champions of meeting face to face and having a “fika”. A fika is a break with something to drink (often coffee) and often a pastry. The fika can have the function of an informal meeting, which we find the parallel to in the “Realtime” section of the picture. The digital chat is just like the fika informal and has a sociable atmosphere. As you see above in the thread we have digital realtime fikas for Civic Tech Sweden on Fridays.

Non-profits also do a lot of collaborative decision-making, when we talk about things we want to do and add on each other’s thoughts. Common practise is to combine thinking by yourself, reflecting in a smaller group and bringing reflections to a larger group. These things are not simultaneous (that would be chaotic). The parallel in the picture are “Asynchronous tools”. Trying asynchronous tools such as the digital forum you’re in right now is a great practice during the pandemic so it can be weaved into the face to face practices when we get back to that.

Lastly, documents. Documents are “the organisational memory”, as stated in the picture. This part is probably what most non-profits already have digitized. But are the documents accessible and part of a collective memory, or locked away? To make parallels again; remember the small physical and collaborative libraries some non-profits still have? Imagine that, as a digital tool.

Next week we will look closer at all of this, and how to use the tools based on what you’re doing. Maybe the fika is not the same place as where you make decisions? :wink:

Thanks to The Hum for the picture.


This event might be interesting to people attending our lab: Tactical Tech organises a digital workshop on Personal Data and Working in a Community on 26 February 2021 10:00-12:00 (UTC+1). Read more and register on

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87 participants have signed up for tomorrow!

Also, @petter from Collective Tools is joining us and will tell you how they can help you.

There’s room for 100 participants tomorrow, so there’s still time to sign up or invite a friend or colleague. Sign up here:

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In my session, I will be showing you things on a Miro board. You can follow along here:

Hi, what is the code to enter MetroRetro?

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Hi , could not attend the meetup… Is there a video recording or summary I can check out ?

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Hi @angylp! We didn’t record the event unfortunately, but we will write a summary! Can ping you when we publish it!

Hi Pernilla, I was unfortunately also unable to attend the event but would love to see a summary, so feel free to ping me as well, if you don’t mind. Thank you!

Thanks everyone who were able to participate in the lab!!! And to those of you who missed it… we missed you too! We will soon publish a summary of the event on our blog, but for now, here are some links that was shared during the event by the speakers and in the chat.

I have tried to categorise the tools mentioned according to “The Trinity of Digital Comms Tools” from as mentioned above and presented during the lab.

Realtime chat

Here I have tried to list them in a rough order of most secure, privacy friendly and open, to least, but please research a bit about the security of messaging apps before you pick one…

For audio chats, these two were also mentioned, but not so sure about their security, except that you should be careful with Clubhouse… (You can read more about Clubhouse and integrity in Swedish here)

Asynchronous threads

Static documents

Francesca Pick’s presentation

Hugi Ásgeirsson’s presentation

Tools for password management

Tool for creating visuals

Tools for finding a meeting time

Digital teambuilding activities

There were a lot of good conversations in the chat. Even if the lab was about tools you guys also had suggestions on teambuilding excercises. Maybe this can be inspiration for a future lab? Here’s what you wrote:

Tools for collaborative whiteboards

Reflections on the Community Tools Lab


Thank you @pernillan! :pray:

I had to leave early - without your list I would have missed = :100::ok_hand:

While writing in another thread, I remembered two fun ways to mingle online. Let’s call them Digital Community-building Activities :slight_smile:


Thanks again everyone for a great start of 2021!

What more labs should we do this year? I’ve started a conversation here and would love your thoughts!

@myms right away commented about a potential collab surrounding security, and also thoughts on “slow dialogue regarding ideology” (love it!) Any of you also interested in those topics or others in the list? Elaborate, build upon ideas and comment here: What labs would you like to see 2021?

Hey everyone, here is a blog post summing up the presentations of the amazing speakers that shared their experience during the lab!

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have feedback or want to follow up on something!


Ping @Niclas & @angylp! Blog post is up!

Btw, we’re also considering creating a shorter version of the lab in Swedish in the evening so that more people can join. Do you think you have friends or colleagues that would like that? Please comment!

After great feedback and high demand for more we’ve boiled down this lab to a mini version! This time in the evening and in Swedish! April 13th on a Zoom near you.

Share with friends you think would like to attend and read more here: Civic Tech Lab: Community Tools MINI - 13e april kl 19.00 till 21.00