CiviCRM is a pretty remarkable tool.

Begun as an open source project in 2006, "CiviCRM is a powerful contact, fundraising and eCRM system that allows you to record and manage information about your various constituents including volunteers, activists, donors, employees, clients, vendors, etc. Track and execute donations, transactions, conversations, events or any type of correspondence with each constituent and store it all in one, easily accessible and manageable source." (Read more about CiviCRM.)

Yup. It does a lot. That means there's lots to know and lots to learn.
Floss Manuals
Not too long ago CiviCRM enlisted the help of Floss Manuals (a Netherlands based non-profit organization) to create the first CiviCRM book--Understanding CiviCRM: A Comprehensive Guide. Utilizing their own version of wiki-type software (called Booki), Floss Manuals sponsors "book sprints" bringing together writers from all over the world to write manuals for other free, open source software programs. It's a very cool way of writing a book, especially for open source software such as CiviCRM that relies completely on community involvement.

A major update to the CiviCRM Floss Manual has just come out. Check out the new release. And while you're at it, take a look at The History of the Book to see the real live people behind the words.

Collaboration is pretty nifty. At GingerFeet we're inspired by folks who build community. That's what we hope we're building with and for all of you.