through these kinds of demos, 'ordinary' people start to take notice + start to practice what a circular economy might actually mean materially for them.
hm, do I want to install this shower in my own bathroom, or pay Jason to do it? do I understand what plastic recycling actually entails? metal recycling? what are its material qualities in terms of effects on bodies and non-humans? how does this craft activity translate into the mass recycling scale? where do all those tin cans actually go?
another point is that there are 'lead users' out there who want to jump on this kind of invention, work with it + improve it, so it has to be open source.
of course there is the danger that someone will then make a commodity of it, try to make profit + enclose the knowledge commons related to this - but Jason + all similar inventors know that they have not 'invented' this, it's all built on previous knowledge + they are trying out local implementations to 'bring it to the people'
at this event Jason Selvarajan demonstrated one of the first prototypes of #Showerloop. some things to note, which may seem obvious (especially to activists) but I'd like to amplify: Jason's prototyping work was greatly improved when he found Aalto Fablab and learned what a fab lab is. inventors need to prototype to see how inventions work, but also how they can be 'commercialized' OR introduced to people in a way they can use it (eg as a toolkit)
@bhaugen 🙏 I will also check through the FAQs and documents
I had my #SSB profile, folder and Patchwork on my work laptop, which then had to be taken in for an OS update. I hope the ssb folder is somewhere on one of my backups and if so, I can figure out how to onboard back again with my old profile and re-installing patchwork, as someone with no programming knowledge or experience.
trying to make time for this *sigh*
@emi Dutch Design Week is great for attracting absolute *heaps* of people. the Basic Income Café installation always had loads of people around it, asking her questions, sitting having coffee. most of the people when I was there were in the older demographic, middle-aged to retired.
(I also spent a whole afternoon just hanging out at Precious Plastic, chatting to the inventors)
on the birdsite "Rail blockades across the country, ministerial offices and legislature entrances occupied, major roads getting shut down -- and this is only the beginning." by @WpgPoliceHarm
#WetsuwetenStrong #Wetsuweten #Unistoten
for those who can, contribute to the legal fund of the land defenders: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/unistoten2020legalfund
The quilters and knitters who are mapping climate change.
Academic papers are written by human beings who want their work to be read; and these people actually pay to be published in those journals. the journals do not pay them. And all journal licensing deals stipulate that the original author retains the right to share their own research.
So 99% of the time if you email the author of an academic paper and ask for the PDF, they will gladly and excitedly give it to you for free over email.
Y'all, imma issue a challenge:
Before buying a thing on Amazon, take just two minutes to see if it's available elsewhere online.
There's very often another seller that is price competitive, and free shipping is super common these days.
If you still wanna buy from Bezos I'm not gonna stop you, but it's worth at least checking for alternatives. Divesting yourself can be easier than you might think.
"It's time to redefine the concept of work. We believe that work compensated through money is not the only valuable, meaningful work. And the creation of jobs for the sake of keeping people busy is absurd.
People should be spared from work if there is none!
'But wait, if there's no work, how am I supposed to buy a cup of coffee?'
We strongly believe that we need to secure income, not jobs."
..."In one scenario people get a full cup; in the other they get half a cup. These are based on recent Swiss and Finnish proposals."
Why: "The idea is to make this abstract principle more concrete and initiate a discussion about how a universal basic income could work and what kind of basic income people would like."
Basic Income Café, by Martina Huynh, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven. "An interactive installation using a café as a metaphor to explore the idea of guaranteed monthly earnings through a universal basic income."
How: "People help themselves to a free 'cup of basic income' in the form of coffee from the machine. They can contribute to the communal coffee pot by 'going to work' and grinding more coffee. The coffee visualizes the flow of money. ..."
@richdecibels I was thinking along the same lines !
Cory Doctorow formulates something that I think can go onto every list of principles organisations I work with formulate for smart cities, as well as the many data ethics discussions I sit in on.
Don't track people, help people track the environment to feed their decisions. This flipping of perpective fits with what I posted yesterday about Peter Bihr's approach to sm
The fediverse is a public forum.
Your posts are only as secure as the admins of every instance that your home server federates with, in terms of private and followers-only messages.
If you're going to talk about sensitive information, keep it to Signal or other secure 1-on-1 channels.
Assume that everything you post to the fediverse, is being scooped up by multiple gov agencies around the world.
The Milan scrape was only notable because they made their findings public.
If a university scraping feeds did it, it's safe to assume other, bigger organizations have been doing it for much longer.
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