Working in a group forming an ecovillage can be difficult with multiple files being shared and passed around. Land searches yield photos, and meetings yield minutes. Out of visioning comes vision and mission documents to share. If the group has one person retain documents a hard drive failure can result in loss for everyone involved.
This is where dropbox comes in. From the dropbox website:
Put your stuff in Dropbox and get to it from your computers, phones, or tablets. Edit docs, automatically add photos, and show off videos from anywhere.
Share photos with friends. Work with your team like you’re using a single computer. Everything’s automatically private, so you control who sees what.
It doesn’t matter if you use a Mac or PC, Android or iOS, Dropbox runs on just about anything. Signing up gives you 2 GB free, and I found that when I added additional computers or devices it would give me more space for free. Today I pay about $10 a month and have just over a terabyte of space.
I have the My Documents folder in Windows set as a folder in Dropbox, which keeps all files I use backed up transparently in the background to the cloud. I can then reach these files anywhere, and don’t need my PC to access them. I have one folder shared with meeting minutes and resources the team uses and creates. It also helps new people get up to speed quickly.
I have found dropbox a great tool that once I started using it, I don’t know how I got by without it!