Of course, because we're so f'cking cool, we've already got social.coop and GEO people working on this 😎
Little #coop win of the day:
To secure the space for the #btv co-op brewery project that has been in the works for ~5 years, a group is forming a real estate co-op to buy the commercial condo that we'd like the co-op brewery to end up in.
We've set the minimum investment for the REC at $1k, and want the (future tenant) brewing co-op to be a members, but it's currently tight on cash, so we put the word out for new members & added equity from current members.
Raised the minimum $ needed today!
Can anyone vouch for the science in this article?
One other notable thing... this past weekend contained by far the most people who explicitly contrasted co-ops to capitalist businesses. I'm comfortable saying that, and I know several other people who do as well, but to be in a building crowded with anti-capitalist entrepreneurs is still novel to me.
Well, #ECWD2019 was a complete whirlwind. In less than 72 hours, I (re-)connected with a great many people (who are both smart and funny), connected friends who hadn't previously met, took over a dozen pages of notes, visited Red Emma's at long last, visited Edgar Allen Poe's tomb, had a fleeting social.coop confluence, didn't interpret, left early (sadly), got both good and bad news, and have a long list of things to follow up on.
The ‘software as machine’ view is so ingrained in people’s thinking that it’s hard to imagine organizing computing without some notion of applications. But let’s return to first principles. Why do people use computers? People use computers in order to do and express things, to communicate with each other, to create, and to experience and interact with what others have created. People write essays, create illustrations, organize and edit photographs, send messages to friends, play card games, watch movies, comment on news articles, and they do serious work too–analyze portfolios, create budgets and track expenses, find plane flights and hotels, automate tasks, and so on. But what is important, what truly matters to people is simply being able to perform these actions. That each of these actions presently take place in the context of some ‘application’ is not in any way essential. In fact, I hope you can start to see how unnatural it is that such stark boundaries exist between applications, and how lovely it would be if the functionality of our current applications could be seamlessly accessed and combined with other functions in whatever ways we imagine. This sort of activity could be a part of the normal interaction that people have with computers, not something reserved only for ‘programmers’, and not something that requires navigating a tedious mess of ad hoc protocols, dealing with parsing and serialization, and all the other mumbo-jumbo that has nothing to do with the idea the user (programmer) is trying to express. The computing environment could be a programmable playground, a canvas in which to automate whatever tasks or activities the user wished. -- The future of software, the end of apps, and why UX designers should care about type theory
Arcane and speculative question about unionized co-ops Show more
Are there any examples of a benefits pool that includes multiple co-ops and/or multiple unions? There's Union Plus, but that's not general health benefits.
GEO is hosting an all-day Friday intensive at the upcoming Eastern Conference for Workplace Democracy. The theme is building #grassroots peer-to-peer #WorkerCoop support networks. We've got a lot of long-time cooperators coming from all around the country. It's going to be good.
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