Biography of Micky Metts of

Micky AKA FreeScholar is a member of visionary Agaric Web Development Cooperative, a technology cooperative in the “free software for community building” movement - using tools like civiCRM, Drupal and GNU/Linux. She is a liaison between the US Solidarity Economy Network (SEN) - devoted to ongoing dialog on building the network - and United States Federation of Worker Cooperatives (USFWC), the national grassroots organization representing 6,000+ workers across the country. The members are worker-owners “building power with national and international partners to advance an agenda for economic justice rooted in community-based, shared ownership.”

Agaric’s six worker-owners on three continents build applications online, offer training and international webinars as well as hosting local meetings. She works with organizations such as UjimaBoston, Resource Generation, CommonGood and The Greater Boston Chamber of Cooperatives, to raise awareness of cooperative business models and local opportunities with global cohesion. As a member of MayFirst Movement Technology board and the Radical Connections Network, Micky works with technologists and activists to connect people with the information and tools they need to move from being a global network to being a global movement based on solidarity, the workers’ economy needs Free software tools that protect our freedoms.

Micky’s four topic areas – Community building, Industry organizing, Free software liberation & cooperative development – converge in her presentations. She is a member of the Drupal community, a group based on free software. She presents at Drupal events and meetings around the world, and she writes about her experience in Agaric as a contributing author in “Ours to Hack and to Own.” The book is known as a handbook for the Platform Cooperativism Movement which was started at the New School in NYC by Trebor Scholz and Nathan Schneider. It is now listed among the top tech books of 2017 by Wired magazine.

How did you find out about What brings you to this forum?
I met Aaron in IRC a few years ago and an affinity for Snowdrift came from looking at the goals of the project.

What are your overall personal backgrounds, career(s), and/or passions?
I am passionate about FREE SOFTWARE and TOOLS.

What sorts of projects do you most want to see funded through
FREE SOFTWARE outreach and development - tools for the people as in Platform Cooperatives.