The AO is a free software project and a lived practice of creating open-source software for an online-and-offline peer-to-peer community.
AO stands for Autonomous Organization. The AO seeks to distribute power informally by teaching new users how to set up and administer an AO server. This is similar to DAOs, but we have dropped the 'D', which stands for "Decentralized", because the AO does not use blockchain technology for community functions and is technology-agnostic.
The AO is not just software. The AO is a distributed, agile, flocking organization made up of everyone who uses the AO software or enacts the liberatory peer-to-peer principles of the AO in their dealings with others.
Each new person who discovers the AO has their own desires, feature requests, and big ideas. The AO includes the entire process of bringing in new community members, teaching them how to use the software, and improving the software based on requests from the new community member.
For developers, the AO provides a free and standards-focused digital space, as well as a suite of task-management tools for improving the AO in collaboration with other AO developers.