The recording of my talk today on the future of Internet regulation at the European Parliament is now available to watch.
Tea-set by Walter Gropius, 1968. https://danismm.tumblr.com/post/189125339224/tea-set-by-walter-gropius-1968
the lead-in for the manifesto is here
I took the time to read the whole thing and explore some of the (many) links because I found it so amazingly informative, aligning with my worldview and well-written
to me it makes perfect sense (to opt out). the key is to be transparent about any infrastructure you set up - what *values* it represents and what it makes visible and invisible. that is how I interpret it. what in the organizational structure is decentralized or distributed, how, why - and how this is visible in (designed into) the org infra. how are principles of feminist economics designed in. what is the value for actors. etc.
p 54 "The CAT platform is where members can input and review information about work done in the cooperative, including managing work flow; updating team documentation (...); accounting for their pro-bono, livelihood + care work credits for work performed; creating client invoices and tracking payments; and most importantly, looking at visualizations drawn from the data for these metrics, which show the health of the collective displayed on each member’s individual dashboard."
p 53 "Earlier we mentioned the fluid dialectic between culture and structure that defines all commons. If a DisCO’s care orientation is an example of the former, how can we encode this into technological and legal structures to ensure that the culture thrives?
What we propose for the information and value tracking in a DisCO is a platform that acts as a shared information repository for the cooperative, which we’ll call a “community algorithmic trust” (CAT)."
..."Instead of helping those with the most computing power become decentralized capitalists, DisCO’s cultural and structural frameworks can help solidarity movements learn to cooperate at the large scale while maintaining small-group trusted dynamics. What we are describing here is a continuum from trustless as the default norm at the large scale to trustworthy as highly feasible at the small."
Chap 5 p 50
"The International Cooperative Alliance’s sixth cooperative principle is “Cooperation among Co-ops.” While this ideal is honoured by some cooperatives and ignored by others, there are no simple plug-and-play mechanisms that assure that cooperation will concretely materialise. This is where the alleged value disruption promised by blockchain proponents can take a more associationist turn." ...
"... further down the speculative rabbit hole of dystopian machine-porn, we could encounter this: a *self-sufficient* artificial intelligence running *autonomously* on a *decentralized* system and programmed to advance certain values and interests, which would be virtually impossible for outsiders to hold accountable.
"On the other hand, we can start creating organizations which are both distributed and cooperative in nature."
I've read the manifesto and can help. Chapter 2 p. 21:
"As we’ve hinted, DisCOs or Distributed Cooperative Organizations are our way of rescuing the baby from the DAO bathwater. If DAOs have arguably been individualistic, techno-deterministic and male dominated (a persistent complaint against the tech world), the Distributed Cooperative Organization proposes corrective measures by prioritizing *mutual support*, *cooperativism* and *care work among people*.
DisCOs looks really interesting:
'DisCOs are a P2P/Commons, cooperative and Feminist Economic alternative to Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (or DAOs).'
'...a set of organisational tools and practices for groups of people who want to work together in a cooperative, commons-oriented, and feminist economic form.'
and to clarify to all, my promotion of DisCO and Guerrilla Media Collective is all about them them them and their fantastic work
(I'm not an author but a self-appointed groupie)
@ton of course microblogging on the birdsite counts
If I Only Had a Heart: A DisCO Manifesto
Value Sovereignty, Care Work, Commons and Distributed Cooperative Organizations
yes! the DisCO Manifesto is launched!
#Decentralized #Cooperative Organizations, #feminist and #commons oriented
tomorrow in Amsterdam, Institute of Network Culture's MoneyLab event - Ruth Catlow from Furtherfield will introduce the Manifesto in session 4 'Beyond the “Blokechain”: the Cryptofeminist Agenda'
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