It won't be difficult to imagine that the most important aspect of keeping goats collectively as a group is communication. Effective communication means that we know who is milking when, we know who is ordering the next lot of feed, we know when a goat is ill and we know what we all need to do to treat it. The Street Goat milking collective have A LOT of communication channels so here is an overview of how we keep each other in the loop.
Our shifts blackboard allows use to flexibly choose shifts a week in advance. We found this works better with our busy lives than having the same shift(s) allocated every week.
One row of the blackboard will always be the current week. The other row will be the week ahead, and this row is filled throughout the week prior. Sometimes shift swaps are required, and these are done using electronic tools
Meetings are an opportunity for everyone to get together and catch up. Often someone will bring food or cake to share.
We create an agenda before the meeting, with all points people want to discuss. Someone will agree to take notes and someone else agrees to ensure that keep the meeting on track - timekeeping and steering us back to the agenda if we deviate. We record any important points so that those that couldn't make it can stay in the loop. We record what people said they would do (actions) so that we can all be accountable and hopefully less forgetful.