If MaidSafe is successful in the marketplace but they have to lie and manipulate people to do it, that’s not success. If SNT is worth absolutely wild money, but some new really effective method of surveillance appears and people are not more free in any practical, real sense, that’s not success.
The big tech companies say - again and again, it’s almost all they say actually in the ad campaigns they run - that they love creativity, sharing, community, and freedom. They say this, of course, because the exact opposite is true: they hate those things, and fear them, and would be totally undone if ordinary people had them. They rely on the ignorance and disempowerment of the computer-using masses in order to maintain their control over the infrastructure which defines our lives.
This is not to be lauded, and is no real success at all. I don’t care how much money they made for shareholders, or how many glossy magazine covers they appear on.
Organisations and teams that inspire me are ones that promote real creativity, sharing, community and freedom - in a serious sense, without compromise - MaidSafe being maybe the most ambitious and (almost ridiculously) focused and determined one I’m aware of.
Otherwise, there’s Guix in operating system land which is picking up a lot of steam, Emacs is a beacon of freedom and empowerment and is modernising hard and communicating it better and better, the people working on Nyxt browser are doing some very interesting work. The Free Software movement generally is refreshingly uncompromising and focused on freedom. People involved with the Right to Repair, Free Hardware companies (MNT, Olimex, etc), the EFF, Brewster Kahle and the people of the Internet Archive, Wikileaks and the people involved with them over the years.
Specifically, and lastly, it isn’t so much the way these projects and people communicate - it’s the way they repeatedly prove their commitment to freedom and a better world by their actions.