Societies always have documents to edit and review along with projects to manage. Round-robin email messages are cumbersome to manage and often get lost or deleted. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an easy-to-use platform where you could do all this – and more – in one place?
There is! It’s called LiveMinutes.
You are looking at a document being edited in LiveMinutes. On the right is the activity panel where activity within the project is documented and where team members can post – and reply to – messages. Conversations are kept together so you don’t have to go hunting for all the discussion.
If that was all you could do, it would be a very useful platform. Fortunately, it’s just the beginning. Team members can call each other from within the project – using Skype or dialup. LiveMinutes even provides a toll free number and PIN so you can initiate your own conference calls. While talking to your team members, you can be working in the project – pointing to things within a document or making changes. You can upload documents and images to the project for reference and/or review. There’s also a very nice commenting function for reviewing outside documents.
Currently LiveMinutes integrates with Evernote, allowing you to pull notes into your project workspace. They are working to include cloud storage integration via Dropbox and Box.
LiveMinutes is free and supports access to up to five projects. A premium version will be introduced soon costing $5.00/month for unlimited projects along with additional features. I see this as a very useful tool for both societies and families. Most society staff could operate within the 5 project limit with only a few board members needing premium accounts. Families could find this quite useful to organize family events, vacations and reunions. It also has great potential for collaborating with research cousins.
Take advantage of LiveMinutes’ free account to see how you can put this impressive platform to work for you.