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great interview with @penpot CEO Pablo Ruiz-Múzquiz by @clayton

Designers to developers at Kaleidos:

> Look we are not first-class citizens in open source. We are happy with Inkscape. We are happy with GIMP. We are happy with some tools, but you developers have everything to choose from. You can choose the best of the best. You live in this paradise world where you don't know how privileged you are.

> We agree with you. We are all about open source absolutely but you have to understand that we are frustrated with the professional quality of some tools. We want to achieve parity with you developers.

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Does anyone know of a viable open source Facebook alternative (especially for replacing groups)? Anyone try Diaspora? diasporafoundation.org/

I'm a gray thumb but love these resources (SoCal). Theodore Payne Native Plant Tour nativeplantgardentour.org/ and Wild Yards Project
wildyardsproject.com/

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RT @kaleidosnet@twitter.com

Designers at Kaleidos six years ago: "we're not 1st class citizens in Open Source. You, developers, don't know how privileged you are".

🎙️The whole story on how @penpotapp@twitter.com & @taigaio@twitter.com were born within Kaleidos explained by @diacritica@twitter.com on this podcast.👂
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🐦🔗: twitter.com/kaleidosnet/status

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Here are a few things related to making technology more humane, cooperative, and free.

Humane Tech: humanetech.community (@humanetech)

Cooperative Technology: cooperativetechnology.codeberg (by a few from Mastodon)

Small Tech: small-tech.org/ (by @aral)

Ethical Design: ind.ie/ethical-design/

Feel free to share others you know.

I know many people aren't aware of some of these, and it helps us to see what others are doing so we can learn and work together on solutions.

#SmallTech #CooperativeTechnology #EthicalDesign #HumaneTech

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Our new issue of Possible Futures is out.

In this issue we cover the heated topic of 💸 FUNDING 💸 .

possiblefutures.tech/issue/fun

How can we ethically fund projects so tech projects don't end up scaling at all costs, ditching all morals along the way?

How do we fairly compensate people in open source?

This issue also includes our *first* piece of original content.

I interviewed the CEO of @penpot on how they fund their open source projects among other things.

possiblefutures.tech/posts/int

Let's organize a tech worker coop network in the US! Yael Richardi will share insights and experience from Argentina, tomorrow, 7/29, 12p PT at @agaric Show & Tell agaric.coop/show-and-tell

Dunno if “identity materialism” is a thing but trying to name this idea: “Today, one of the primary ways we deal with the anxiety of being ourselves is to construct fantasy versions of ourselves through acquisition. This includes not just the acquisition of stuff, but also of personal style, worldviews, sociopolitical identities.”

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MacKinnon’s alternatives to materialism reminds me of Alexander Stern’s proposals to counter identity materialism in “Authenticity is a sham” - historical awareness, acknowledging the constraints of time and place, and learning a craft. aeon.co/essays/a-history-of-au

24:53-28:50 - the system quality of mass consumption and the huge challenges of going against that
34:15 - what to do instead - relationships with those around you, time in the natural world, mastering skills, engaging with bigger movements, taking sabbath (a non-commercial break)

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J.B. MacKinnon on the Wardrobe Crisis podcast - an accessible, mainstream-friendly conversation about the role of consumption and system change IRT climate change. thewardrobecrisis.com/podcast/

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I think we on the left could use a lot more friendly, approachable media. While I love me some good aggressive graphic design, right now, I think the right is consistently winning the propaganda game in part because they wrap their ideas with really easy-to-swallow tone and appeals to common sense. We can do that too, in pursuit of a more compassionate, humane, and just world.

So I made a couple images for my local chapter of the IWW that I'm pretty proud of.







I have SVG versions of these if people want to play with them. I'm happy for these to be spread widely; please download them, share them, modify them, whatever. Information wants to be free!
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Possible Futures is a newsletter that catalogues movements towards ethics, social responsibility and systemic change in tech, design and culture. ✨🧡

You can subscribe here: possiblefutures.tech

affirmations from Duncan Trussell…
If you find yourself from time to time not meditating as I often do and think, “My God, I’m not meditating!” Remember, you’re thinking about meditating and that’s a wonderful thing. Even if it’s in the negative. You’ve been given the gift of feeling bad about not meditating. The grace is that you could be thinking about McDonalds right now. You could be thinking about, “Fuck man, when’s the McRib coming back?” But your mind is being drawn towards these things.

"Amazon isn't alone in reportedly destroying unsold goods. Nike, Burberry, H&M and others have also come under fire for torching their own products." businessinsider.com/amazon-des

May issue of Possible Futures with @clayton is on Current State of Open Source with resources about ethics, design, labor and what's next. possiblefutures.tech/

Etude de la plante : son application aux industries d'art (Study of the plant: its application to the art industries) by M.P. Verneuil 1903. Art Nouveau style illustrations of plants archive.org/details/gri_331250

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