ISSUE 01: Fertile Grounds has arrived! Our first issue contains eight creative pieces and a series of kaoani inspired animated GIFs. You can read it on the World Wide Web here >> https://one.compost.digital/
We believe dedicated readerships can directly sustain small alternative publications, without relationships being mediated by the usual suspects.
The funds will go to our contributors, design and web development contractors, and the core team of this project, Mai, Ben, & Udit.
Why a Digital Bake Sale? We’re experimenting with funding goals, a la Patreon, but based on financial transparency & sustainability of the collective instead of an individual creator.
To do this we use @opencollect, a platform we're deeply aligned with: https://opencollective.com/compost
We currently only have our budget secured for our next issue (out in August 👀 ).
So we're boosting our Digital Bake Sale! The best way to support us is with a recurring subscription — that helps us make projections about our financial sustainability. 💫
This looks like it'll be a good discussion.
How do we democratize technology? How can we develop better models for developing, owning, and organizing the infrastructures of our lives?
Lovely guide with workshop activities from Taeyoon Choi (co-founder of the School for Poetic Computation) that comes out of their Distributed Web of Care project: https://www.ctm-festival.de/magazine/distributed-web-of-care
Wondering how much flack I'm going to catch for shooting my mouth off about this CA "worker co-op" bill...
"a game of chance that alters the ways you sense, make, and navigate public space."
Directions to Nowhere in Particular is part art project, part urban exploration, part internet challenge. Newly launched from The Bentway, From Later & Nomadic Labs.
wander outside + follow the prompts at http://directionstonowhere.com
Other free software we use include Passbolt for password management & Hugo (gohugo.io) and Jekyll (https://jekyllrb.com/) for static website publishing.
And of course Mastodon and social.coop for social media'ing. 😁
These are just the tip of the iceberg! We hope this inspires other free software projects to back their stacks to build better infrastructure together. ✌️
We use Element by @matrix hosted by Toronto Mesh for day-to-day communications among editors and contributors. Check it out as a secure, decentralized + interoperable alternative to Slack >> matrix.org
Our newsletter uses GNU Mailman hosted at Hypha.coop It’s old school but it’s solid and it works. https://my.fsf.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=22
So we're *backing our stack* today, naming and contributing to some of the free software that makes COMPOST possible.
First up — we rely on Meet.Coop for our videoconferencing needs with Big Blue Button. Donate to this co-op alternative to Zoom >> https://opencollective.com/meet-coop/donate
This is a great article in @compost on the role of the client-server model in the enclosure of the digital commons, and how peer-to-peer can punch some cracks in the big tech pavement.
I think there's some space for reflection on the other aspect of the article, the use of nature analogies for technological concepts. I like them (e.g. digital garden) but I think need to think about what they might hide or distort, too.
"Published in the midst of climate catastrophe, and on the anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, this project acknowledges that we cannot separate slavery and settler colonialism from their contemporary consequences.
So, I envision the commons as a social process where people share resources, decide how to govern themselves and those resources, and exist in common with the land and other-than human beings."
A magazine about the digital commons providing fertile ground for creative and collective experimentation. 🪱
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