Who are some non-medical public figures who warned about the possibility of Covid?

Everyone (me included!) now says Covid proves our preconceived ideas right, but who were the writers, thinkers, intellectuals, leaders, activists, etc. who warned about the risk before it happened?

I can only think of Bill Gates. Rather embarrassing for us who are not big fans of him but none of the people I'm a fan of tried to warn us about this.

Can someone explain with simple example(s) of what the difference between and conventional algorithms could look like in practise?

Like let's say I sell cat food, what would it look like if I would use OPAL and conventional approach to do market research/etc.?

Here's an image describing OPAL key principles.

Think I sort of get them, but then when trying to think of what it could look like in practise to illustrate the difference between OPAL and conventional approach I'm struggling.

So the largest consumer cooperative in Canada is being sold to a private investor firm without anyone asking the members?!

Sign this petition to stop this.


If a coop wants to grow big, most members will always join mainly or only because of economic benefits. Nothing wrong with that.

It's what makes unions and coops so unique social movements - people who don't care or even disagree with the social goals join them.

Coops can gain competitive advantage by having members who want to participate more than is required to engage in activities that increase the economic value of membership for those who participate only to access economic benefits.

Last year a record number of mobile home communities (often known as "trailer parks") converted into resident owned cooperatives.

Not a single resident owned cooperatives has ever gone insolvent and research shows the model can provide many benefits.


Got my first salary since I joined @plausible as a co-founder. I can now say that I'm paying my rent with an open source project. Feels good and hopefully we can continue the progress.


Anyone know if this goes on with European Central Bank too?


Corporations love to talk about empowering people of colour, while crushing their attempts to unionise.

Unionisation reduces racist sentiments, but the elites prefer cosmetic changes that blame the workers.

New article: "Corporations love minorities – unless we try to unionise" on Mutual Interest, a free online media owned by readers & writers.


Become a member here, members distribute our funds using participatory budgeting:


Looking for a job in Berlin 

social.coop meta, strategy summits 

Why is it that dairy industry especially seems to be dominated by ?

Half of the top 10 dairy companies in the world are coops. There are 7 EU countries where coops hold over 90% market share in the industry.

Why is it? Can someone explain it to a non-economist like me in a simple way?

Wait... unions in the US are opposed to codetermination? Why?!

Found a mention about this but can't find the reasoning why.

Good article.

Seems like the Corbyn/Sanders movement wasn't so much fuelled by blue collar working class wanting to lift themselves up, but rather by the white collar uni/college graduates wanting to avoid downward social mobility.

The disappointment at the diminishing returns of the expanding higher education was at the core.

Lot of talk about free college & uni, which is a good idea. But didn't hear ANY democrat mention the awesome union apprenticeship system even once in the debates?

How to boost the stock market? Give organised labor more power.

A court ruling indicated that organised labor would be given more power to influence corporate decisions by using their pension fund investments to make resolutions and hold executives accountable in shareholder meetings.

This boosted the stock market. Even capitalists know that organised labor is good.

They might say they don't, but they don't put their money where their mouth is!

From "Rise Of The Working Class Shareholder".

This mumbo jambo comes from the most cited researcher in the world Michel Foucault.

"The panoptic mechanism is not simply a hinge, a point of exchange between a mechanism of power and a function; it is a way of making power relations function in a function, and of making a function function through these power relations.”

Can't understand why people take this seriously? Isn't it obvious this is just bs or am I missing something?

Double Union, a makerspace in San Francisco, is moving and giving away for free (some items for symbolic, flexible price) some furniture and odds and ends we can't take with us. Help us clear out our space. 🙏🏼

Details: sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/fuo/d

I lent £150 to the New Leaf Food #Coop when it began in early 2012. Not loads, but a significant sum for me then and now.

It was a workers coop, where all employees equally own the business. Their aim was to supply local and/or ecological foods with as little packaging as possible: they were ahead of the curve back then

Today, ~9 years later, the coop is doing fine and paid me back the £150!

Worth visiting if in #Edinburgh


A study suggesting there's evidence that automation creates jobs. Might explain why countries like Japan and Singapore that have gone very far with automation have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the world.


Three simple ways to increase voter participation in credit union board elections.

Let's revitalise this under-utilised mechanism of economic democracy.

The American credit union movement is a 120 million members strong mass movement.

In the largest branch of the 2 million members strong Finnish OP coop bank around 17% of members vote in the board elections.

If the same was true in US credit unions, it would be a massive democratic exercise of 20 million people.


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