Proud to announce:
The New School has launched
the Institute for the Cooperative Digital Economy (ICDE).
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'p2p' now appears to me only as lines joining nodes. there is no human there in those lines, nor blood, nor conflict, nor soil, nor joy, nor collective action.
I join the network and have agency to do so. I fight for my right to join. then I stop thinking about how my actions affect the rest of the network. I'm still an atomized individual. the most important thing is ME in the network and doing what I want, not how I make the nodes and connections shudder and weaken or strengthen and flourish.
this results in complete commons-wash. the commons! the commons! they bleat, without defining what exact commons they are building or protecting - nor noticing who is not speaking or in the room. a commons of 'opinions' expressed by libertarian-right Euro-US white men in the marketplace of ideas?
I think I need to look with more focus at other counter-culture and activist activities, e.g. South American, and replace the vapid 'p2p' with 'horizontalidad' (horizontalism) and autonomia (Escobar)
I'm so tired of the commons-wash in the p2p movement.
at least in the largest groups/communities/ networks I'm most active in, most people don't have a clue about actual p2p 'theory'; relevant knowledge from social movement studies or organizational studies (academic or non-academic robust analysis) published by activists and researcher-activists; or even a passing interest in learning from other groups or the past.
when they do know some 'theory', they fail to apply it to their own groups.
fostering digital literacies and critical thinking in Finland
Francesca Pick from #OuiShareFest on participatory governance and self management tools
journal article: van Holstein, E. (2019). Strategies of #selforganising communities in a gentrifying city. Urban Studies.
(sorry, behind a paywall.)
"While commonly pitched as potential spaces for the empowerment of marginalised minority groups, self-organised projects such as community gardens are also susceptible to neoliberal discourses and governance mechanisms. ...[L]ess is known about the grassroots strategies of garden groups..."
An article I wrote about how the Preston/Cleveland model could be used to support #platformcoops.
What are "lighthouse" institutions and why we need them in addition to anchor institutions? Read the article to know.
It's a commentary on a recent NESTA and Cooperatives UK report titled "Platform co-ops and the capital conundrum"
22 showcases from sociocratic organizations plus some talks in this online conference.
omg, it's Earth Overshoot Day USA today, already (!!!?!)
There is one blockchain that is not wasting energy by securing the cryptocurrencies through cooperation instead of competition. Intended for shifting society towards a cooperative, ecological economy: The 5 year old FairCoin https://fair.coop/en/blog/happy-green-bday-faircoin #bitcoin #energywaste #faircoin
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