#introduction I'm William and I'm a software developer. I just read @ntnsndr 's book and am very curious about the movement. I'm very interested in co-op governance for open source projects, and ways that co-ops could promote humane and non-exploitative technology use. I'm starting to get involved in local co-ops, too. I'm also happy to try to help out with software stuff, if I can.
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Fellow co-op enthusiasts... What are some conditions or criteria that would cause you to lean toward a co-op over a non-profit, when both options seem workable? A group of us here in Colorado are forming a new local org and people's first instinct seems to be a non-profit. I'm seeing potential for a multi-stakeholder co-op and wondering if we should explore that option. Comments and/or links welcome! (or boosts)
#introduction Musician, academic here. Most importantly for this place, I sit on the board of directors for my housing co-op and have put a considerable amount of thought into the housing co-op model over the last year or so. It's how I can afford, as an artist, to stay in Toronto. Wisdom across the housing co-op sector is a huge part of how I can help make my home co-op better, and I look forward to dipping my toes into this space.
Is there a hashtag for mutual aid ideas? Something with suggestions for mutual aid things and stories of people giving and receiving?
Cause I think that'd be real cool!
Way to go Denver!
Denver City Council Ends Private Prison Firms’ Contracts
Interesting #conceptual design making agriculture in "hot and dry coastal regions" all the more efficient...
It a seawater-powered #solar #greenhouse and it's engineered to work with the variety of climatological region that has easy access to salt water, but maybe not fresh water... yet still do water-intensive agriculture.
"A #seawater greenhouse produces crops year-round in hot dry areas using only seawater and sunlight. Tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, strawberries, herbs—anything that can be grown in traditional greenhouses—can be grown in seawater greenhouses. The award-winning technology, invented by Seawater Greenhouse Ltd. founder Charlie Paton, was inspired by the natural water cycle where seawater heated by the sun evaporates, cools to form clouds, and returns to earth as precipitation."
"The idea behind the process is simple. It combines two unlimited resources - sunlight and seawater - to provide ideal growing conditions for crops in hot, arid environments.
The innovation [uses] the cooling and humidifying power of water vapor produced from evaporating salt water. Using modeling and simulation techniques developed in collaboration with our partners at Aston University, we are able to process local climate data to predict greenhouse performance and inform the design. The combined effect of reducing temperature and increasing humidity, together with providing a protected environment for crops, results in up to 90% reduction in Evapotranspiration. This to greatly reduced irrigation requirements, which can be provided by desalination, and improved growing conditions."
Did you know there’s a panel in #Firefox Developer Tools that keeps track of any changes you make to your #CSS, and lists everything so you can copy & paste it elsewhere? https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Tools/Page_Inspector/How_to/Examine_and_edit_CSS#Track_changes via https://twitter.com/jensimmons/status/1156649452553351168
What is social.coop? Who are it's members? How do members contribute?
We've started a thread on loomio, where we will post one question every two weeks that will help us to get to know each other as members, with the objective of using this understanding of each other, our motivations and expectations to launch the next phase of social.coop.
First question: How do you use/participate in social.coop?
Interesting idea. Curious how it overlaps or not with maps like this one by CoopData https://coloradocoops.info/directory/
Also curious about the categories chosen - unions, workers centers, community farms, co-housing projects, credit unions, movement groups could all be on the map...
And, what software are they using?
One of these? https://www.gislounge.com/open-source-gis-applications/
The Plan for the #Garden at ChillerSpace, Part 2
I found that starting where you are is easier than starting where you want to go.
So instead of focusing on species I want in the garden I started listing species that already exist here and then researching them.
I made blog posts about what I found so far and what I found out about these species,
and in German:
For example so far I identified 7 different #Butterfly species, one of which, the Scarce Swallowtail (pictured below) is highly endangered in Vienna.
So far the list contains 36 animals and 51 plants, but there is still a lot of life in the garden that I just can't identify yet.
What actions I already took since the last post 2 weeks ago:
* plant more lavender
* acquire a butterfly-bush, or summer lilac (not in the list yet)
* put an insect raft into the pool
* ordered an #InsectHotel
* ordered a DIY #SeedBomb kit to spread more #WildFlowers in the hood.
social.coop is a cooperatively-run corner of the Fediverse. The instance is democratically governed by its members, who generally share an interest in the co-op model, but topics of discussion range widely.
Our instance is supported by sliding scale contributions of $1-10/mo made via Open Collective. You must have an active Open Collective account to apply for membership; you may set one up here