I've revised my test piece on "Adapting the ICA co-operative values and principles for interpersonal relationships" simongrant.org/pubs/web/2018/0 and would welcome discussion about whether anything like that could be helpful to making social media discussion explicitly co-operative @LeoSammallahti @strypey

@asimong ... aaaaaand here's a classic example of the problem that OpenDemocracy.net article is talking about. It would be an absurd exaggeration to say that the level of self-righteous entitlement this articles reeks of is proto-fascist and dangerous - exactly the same kind of absurd exaggeration as literally *everything* in this article. Bullying people is not activism, and being proud of it is despicable

Being nice on the internet is the most radical praxis of all

Cognitive dissonance:

We have developed a Code of Conduct/Reporting Guidelines so that people who see something that violates our principles can take action -- either through a conflict resolution approach, or by reporting the incident, either to the CWG or to Mastodon admins.

At the same time our timelines are full of conduct we say we don't want.

Seems to me this is an organizing problem, specific to this time and place. If we can figure it out, we can make a good contribution.

Here's an exploratory thought that could appeal particularly to all us coop people here.... My adaptation of the ICA principles to apply to interpersonal relationships:

But I would still love to be part of the solution!

@Matt_Noyes @mattcropp @wolftune just to say that several recent comments have led me to feel alien and very unwelcome, so I resign from the "standing jury" and I have taken myself off the relevant Loomio groups. Glad I could contribute to the CoC; happy to get to know more of the nice people here in the future. Gently. With plenty of reflective listening. Minimising assumptions. Open. Let's do more ICA principles, in personal relationships also.

English comedian Rowan Atkinson (of Blackadder and Mr Bean fame) gave an speech about the importance of freedom of expression and resisting what he calls "the new intolerance". He makes an elegant and powerful case, starting by acknowledging his own privilege as a public figure. Brilliant stuff:

I have a bunch of friends from Twitter joining Mastodon tonight so I made a quick guide to how the site works. Making it public so anyone can see/boost it if it's helpful. If you have any questions feel free to ask!

@king@castling.club I'm open for challenges!

@Antanicus @Matt_Noyes @bhaugen @Graham_Mitchell @mako Recent exchanges in social.coop prompted me to frame a couple of questions on "the uses of platforms" . . Reflections on diverse (not divergent?) political cultures in the field of platforming and commoning.

I posted in Commons Transition Loomio, where @asimong has left some thoughts on wikis and 'curating' resources in commons.

How do we design a highly complex system where only a few people understand its complexity, without those people being able to subvert the system for their own ends?

I'm new here. Would love to have support in bringing my major social media presence here, too. Not sure what kind of support that is... ;)


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.

If you are interested in joining our community, please review our Bylaws and Code of Conduct. If you agree with them, you may apply for membership on our instance via this link

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