Tools for Collaborative Agenda Building

I think it’s important to build meeting agendas collaboratively. For years I kept a notebook in the office where staff could suggest topics. Now I’d like to use a tool that’s higher tech. Would a blog suffice?

A blog would work, but you’d still end up pulling suggestions into a separate document or summary post. This is a perfect task for either a Web-based word processor or a wiki, because the documents or pages are Web-based and can be edited by anyone you invite to participate. Create a file or wiki page for a new agenda and then invite staff members to collaborate using their E-mail addresses. It may take a few extra minutes to set up the collaborators list the first time, but after that it will be easy to replicate. When the agenda is complete, staff members can read it online or print a hard copy. Here are several free tools to consider:

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