A new platform for grassroots organizations, dedicated to building a directly democratic, ecologically sustainable, post-scarcity community and economy through mutual aid
The strategic foundations of the Dual-Power App, presently being develop as an open-source project by the BSA Open Tech Development community
Product strategy, product design, organizational design
Black Socialists in America (BSA) is “a coalition of anti-capitalist, internationalist Black Americans / New Afrikans“. They came to us with a vision of a socialist platform for cooperative organizations that helps individuals create self-sustaining systems of economic democracy.
We worked with them to clarify their product strategy, define an overall vision, and define processes for designing with their community. The result is a platform that empowers individuals to organize, and accomplish change together.
The Dual Power App allows people to connect with other individuals, initiatives, and organizations in their community, creating decentralized groups centered around a particular value or goal.
These working groups provide structure to propose and execute projects. The app gives users access to essential infrastructures, making organizing, voting, and action easier.
BSA wasn’t looking for a typical agency, and didn’t like the traditional model of work where one group dictates what another might need.
We proposed an open design and build initiative, to document the process publicly and gather feedback, involving BSA’s community every step of the way. Every workshop recording is available below, with the accompanying Figma files.
With BSA, we’re designing the next generation of open and accessible organizing tools to mobilize progressives around the globe.
Since our first engagement, we’ve continued embedding with their team to build a new digital design system, sharing every step along the way here.