The Federated General Assembly (FGA) is a Drupal-based next generation General Assembly site, capable of being rolled out and customized by other Occupations. Each instance will allow pushing and pulling of content between individuals, groups, and occupations in a meaningful way.
It is intended at this time to record and facilitate the on-the-ground operations of Occupation Working Groups, not to replace analog decision-making with online democracy. Many small cities lack IT infrastructure, and can find themselves limited by existing social media tools. The FGA aims to empower others while simultaneously re-invigorating and re-thinking our local — and by extension global — democracies.
Drupal has been selected as the platform of choice because of its large and distributed user base, its multilingual capabilities, its extendability, its nature as open source, and because of the overwhelming interest within the community for such an important project, combined with Drupal's civic-minded culture.
Semantically, the project is more about creating a Confederation than a Federation, as membership will be optional, not compulsory.
Additionally, the project will consider interoperability with other similar projects, such as those currently in place in Spain, and other initiatives sa they arise. In this light, the FGA is highly concerned with standards for data interchange, authentication and data validation.
The FGA, conceptually, is inclusive of the NYCGA website, the news aggregator, and many other Services that are in various stages of development.
- IRC channel: #ows-fga on irc.freenode.net
- Mailing List: email@example.com
- Project Management: on redmine
 Meeting Calendar