Ken Goldstein, MPPA

Ken Goldstein has been working in nonprofits and local government agencies from Santa Cruz, to Sacramento, and back to Silicon Valley, since 1989. He's been staff, volunteer, board member, executive director, and, since 2003, a consultant to local nonprofit organizations. For more on Ken's background, click here. If you are interested in retaining Ken's services, you may contact him at ken at

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Collaborative Writing Online

Have you ever wanted to find an easier way to collaborate on a document with somebody - or even several people? Do you find it gets cumbersome to be comparing different drafts being emailed back and forth from different sources?

What I'd really love to find is a full-featured word processor that can be accessed online, with documents stored on the server where multiple authors could write and edit and always know what the latest version is.

Writeboard (.com) is not quite what I've dreamed of, but it is a major step towards that. Simple documents can be created and stored - for free - on their servers. You can then invite guests to review and edit your "writeboards." Each time you edit you have the option of saving it as a new version. Versions can then be compared with a couple of clicks.

This is no way to co-author a book, but it is perfect for getting input on simple business documents and letters. For nonprofits, you can use this for collaborating on everything from fundraising letters to mission statements to meeting agendas.

If you'd like to see a writeboard in action, but don't want to sign up for the service, send me an email and I'll invite you to edit one of my test documents (email link under "About Me", top left).

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