Hello Mastodon! I'm a techy programmer-type person hoping to help build a better world (direct democracy, solidarity economy, etc.). I also happen to live in a vehicle on wild, public lands, moving every couple weeks, foraging, practicing survival skills and helping people where we can. I know a lot about radio, solar, 12v DC power and nature/wildlife as a result. Nice to meet you all! Hope to see familiar and new faces. #introduction
American Democracy at its finest....😠
So I met this guy a couple of years ago who was super techy and interested by co-ops. After he finished his CS degree, he moved to Atlanta to take a job with Dell doing cyber-security. Just got a text from him telling me he's now working for the South East Data Co-op. He's psyched to finally be in the co-op world, and I'm psyched to have played some small part in wrangling him in. Always nice to start out the day with some warm fuzzies.
Also super annoying (not to say downright maddening) is seeing f'n Citibank's name on all their reports. You'd think maybe that spot would be better occupied by CUNA. I brought this up at a USFWC conf. and was told by the person in charge that they accepted Citi's money because "all money is blood money" and the people who work at Citi Community Development are nice. Citi's (very recent) history or racial discrimination didn't seem to be a problem...again, WTF?
It REALLY annoys me that DAWI asks for a bunch of personal information before they allow you to read their reports. Seriously, WTF?
Nonprofit kvetching / be kind to workers Show more
Hug your local small nonprofit workers.
They're hyper exploited and are taught that since they get to work for a cool cause they shouldn't get paid market rate for their work.
They're often told to do "more with less" and are working within microcosm of neoliberal austerity. Board members often want to run the orgs like a business, which further alienates the worker from the ideals they work for.
I am writing a series of articles for Linux.com to get people up to speed with Linux admin aimed at beginners and mid-level users. These are things I struggled with myself and would have appreciated some help with back in the day.
The first one maps the Linux filesystem, explains what all those weird directory names mean and why bin/ isn't really a trash can. Check it out at https://www.linux.com/blog/learn/intro-to-linux/2018/4/linux-filesystem-explained
Any folks actually working with Cooperation Jackson on this instance? Heard through the grapevine that things have gone seriously sideways. Whole board resigned, from what I hear....😧
Podcast Show more
Mulling naming ideas for a new podcast segment. Thinking about "Something Still Better" (a reference to a quote by Ed Filene in US credit union circles). Purpose of the pod:
1. Highlight cooperative choices in the marketplace you might like to know about.
2. Highlight choices people can make to support local over big box (co-op or not).
How does the name strike you? Got a better idea? Like the concept?
Somewhat puzzled whether the handful of new accounts following me from http://switter.at are legitimate followers or some sort of porn spam, I read this, and conclude it might not be spam, but perhaps a rise of interest in counterantidisintermediation in the sex industry:
I assume I am not the only one?
I got my blog/site back up with new domain name (www.workersparadise.org). I hope to start posting more regularly in the future. I am thinking of using chapters from my first attempt at a dissertation as the meat for several posts, but as always, I welcome anyone who would like to post on the site on the topic of worker co-ops and worker control. #coop #workercoop #unioncoops
@spudboy I asked myself a similar question some time ago.
I learned that "profit" isn't a top concern in a cooperative. "Surplus" is used to refer to money left over after expenses. It is typical to focus on some social goals rather than an internal aspect like profit. Not to say that coops ignore internal stuff, but that it's not the top priority.
It's difficult to shift thinking from "profitable company" to "sustainable cooperative", but this is the core of cooperative thinking IMO.
i've been on this job about a month and haven't been paid and i'm not sure how normal that is.
It's the enclosure movement all over again...
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