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Hylo

Prosocial Coordination for a Thriving Planet
Hylo is a community-led, open-source coordination tool for purpose-driven groups.
Our web and mobile apps allow community members to deepen relationships and collaborate to get things done through discussions, requests, offers, resources, projects, events, geographic maps, rich member directories, and direct messaging.
Create community with purpose on Hylo.

The unique magic of Hylo

Hylo saves time for community leaders by creating space for peer-to-peer coordination and conversations that drive action. Here’s why groups choose Hylo for their community home:
  • Hylo is built for cross-group collaboration, not acting alone in a silo. Our partners see the world as interdependent, and understand that no one group will single-handedly regenerate the planet.
  • Hylo works for groups of any size and excels at cross-group collaboration by making it possible to link groups together to form larger networks of interconnected and nested groups--matching how movements operate in real life. Only on Hylo can you share one post with many different communities, creating conversations and actions across networks.
  • It’s highly customizable. Our advanced admin settings make it easy for groups to curate an experience that’s perfect for their culture.
  • Hylo helps groups transition from top-down to peer-to-peer, helping them evolve and scale their impact. Peer-to-peer organizing builds trust and grows relationships, making for stronger, more self-directed groups that are capable of increasingly sophisticated coordination. We’ve designed every aspect of Hylo to help people build the trust that makes communities thrive.
  • Rooted in relationship. We work closely with our partners to co-design solutions to their challenges. The opportunity to co-develop tech this way is rare and valuable.
  • Grounded in place. We have a geographic map and specific tools for bioregional and place-based groups, facilitating coordination at the scale regeneration actually happens: locally.
  • Hylo is a public good, a technology commons built in public with an active open source community contributing ideas, designs, and code. Hylo is operated as a not-for-profit and exists to maximize regeneration, not profit.
  • Overall values-alignment. Hylo prioritizes sovereignty, interoperability, relationships, and care, and so do the communities we work with.

Hylo is for purpose-driven groups.

Our partners serve groups composed of member organizations and individuals all dedicated to a shared purpose. Here are some of them:
Planetary Health Alliance is a non-profit out of Harvard with 220+ global member organizations at the intersection of public health and environmental health. They use Hylo to coordinate regional groups, student cohorts, and event participants involved in their many initiatives. Learn more >
OpenTEAM (Open Tech Ecosystem for Agricultural Management) is a non-profit with 250 individuals, 45+ member organizations, and 15 farm & ranch networks dedicated to developing open source technology that improves soil health and advances regenerative agriculture. OpenTEAM is using Hylo to promote farmer-to-farmer relationships to support a collaborative learning network and collective governance. Learn more >
Prosocial.World is a non-profit that teaches groups how to cooperate through a framework based on evolutionary psychology and commons management. They have trained hundreds of facilitators and served numerous networks and organizations around the world focusing on Youth and Schools, Health, and Spiritual institutions. They are bringing their global network onto Hylo to expand their capacity and provide a place for groups to engage with Prosocial practices. Our partnership with Holo will make it easy to fully decentralize Hylo on Holochain, so that Hylo will become a truly peer-to-peer and distributed platform.

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Meet our team.

Hylo is led by Tibet Sprague (Technology), Clare Politano (Product), Aaron Brodeur (Design), Krisha Subramanian (Community) and Tom Watson (Technology). We have been friends and collaborators for years, building community in Oakland, California.
We have combined decades of experience contributing to software teams, including web3 governance platform DAOstack and ecological accounting blockchain Regen Network. Our deep relationships allow us to work with high coherence and efficiency. We make the most of our partnerships and resources, delivering work that rivals VC-backed platforms while operating on a non-profit budget.

We embed our values at every level of the stack.

Our purpose is to empower communities to build a world that works for everyone. Our team practices relationship-driven development, partnering with aligned organizations to improve Hylo in ways that benefit our entire community. These deep partnerships allow us to deliver a community platform that is truly tailored to meet the needs of purpose-driven groups.
We convene an open-source community of 500+ people that contribute to Hylo’s design, features, and codebase. Our advisors are helping us explore how this community can have a formal voice in governing the platform through some kind of distributed cooperative structure.

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