The draft program for the upcoming #LaborNotes conference in Chicago is available -- looks amazing.
Friends, an easy step toward democratization of the economy is moving your money to a credit union. So let's say July 14th is Fediverse Move your Money Day!
In Japan this has been an important part of the fossil fuels divestment campaign by 350.org. When you choose a credit union, ask them about their investments (you'll probably be the first one to ask).
Our friend and comrade Oshida Goro has written a book about his experiences as a sanitation worker in Tokyo. I hope it goes into his human rights education fieldwork and union activism, which is how @emi and I know him. Just a lovely, lovely human being. (eye contact)
📣 The #OpenTEAM community is hiring a fellow! These people are astounding.
"Open Technology Ecosystem for Agricultural Management is a community-driven, #farmer-focused initiative that has co-designed and built a free and #opensource digital toolkit, providing a framework for universal access to #agricultural knowledge. A project of Wolfe’s Neck Center for #Agriculture & the #Environment (WNC), OpenTEAM is creating an interoperable technology ecosystem to provide #food systems leaders with tools to combat #ClimateChange and improve #soil health.
I don't like the metaphor of "starting where people are at and bringing them along" -- who wants to be the mule being brought along? Better to meet people where you are both at and see where you agree to go from there. Maybe the destination you had in mind will be rejected and another plan will be chosen...
Definitely interested in translating @luisrazeto 's Cooperative Enterprises and Market Economy. The way he rethinks basic economic categories and relations from a cooperative standpoint is exciting and fills a gap in the way we talk about cooperatives. For example, He distinguishes between economic factors (labor, capital, materials, tech, management, finance) and economic categories - by which he means any of those factors as a subjective agent. Capitalism denies this subjectivity...
meet.coop #commonshour starting soon
17:00 UTC (= 18h BST, 19h CEST, 13h EDT)
Sophie Bloemen (Commons Network, European Municipalist Network, ROSA - Right to the City Amsterdam)
Public-civic collaboration, coop incubators and stewarding digital infrastructure as a commons
Details and video room link here:
See you 💚
New from @LeoSammallahti
"Big tech is facing an escalating backlash. Co-operatives could offer a more equitable and accountable alternative. In fact, some already do. This article describes three large co-operatives that have managed to take on tech giants such as Amazon and IBM."
De ordinario nuestros proyectos de vida son cortos, se limitan a promover pequeñas mejoras, pecan de falta de visión, no alcanzan más allá de nuestro entorno inmediato, cuando "realmente con lo que cada uno de nosotros puede contribuir cabe construir un mundo mejor en plazo más corto."
— Jose Maria Arizmendiarrieta
No one thinks matsutake will bring Japan back to its pre-bubble glory. Rather than redemption, matsutake-forest revitalization picks through the heap of alienation. In the process, volunteers acquire the patience to mix with multispecies others without knowing where the process is going.
Mushroom at the End of the World p264
So alienation is not a state of sin or fall from grace but a kind of opening, a clearing, a disturbed and impure space in which to cultivate co-existence.
Ngugi wa Thiong'o
"Aimé Césaire has talked eloquently about exchange being the oxygen of civilization.
But not short-changing which is the carbon oxide of civilization. Exchange based on equality.
I like the idea of a dance of centers that are equidistant from the human center. They are in
a circle. They all contribute to and also draw from the center. Like spokes in a bicycle wheel.
But there is a difference. Human spokes must also borrow from one another."
A Fediverse instance for people interested in cooperative and collective projects.