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Hello fediverse! This account will toot a few stories a week that are examples of solutions-focused journalism: how people are working to address inequality, prejudice, and exploitative economic systems. Want to help curate stories? Send a private message, either to this account or to @eloquence.

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What does it look like when co-ops work closely with architects to create shared living spaces? In November 2016, The Conversation looked at the model employed in some German :

theconversation.com/reinventin

Some cities are proactive about incentivizing these kinds of developments:

web.archive.org/web/2013081200

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H/T to @muninn for suggesting this topic via our EtherPad: pad.riseup.net/p/CJQueue

Mongabay, a nonprofit environmental news outlet, just published a richly-illustrated report by Monica Pelliccia about an all-women cooperative of growers in .

The coop uses , which means that the coffee is grown in the shade of timber-yielding trees such as Spanish cedar, plus fruit trees like guamo and . 🥑

This ecological land use technique reduces soil erosion and increases food security.

news.mongabay.com/2018/04/coop

The debate about in the US is often framed as a battle between ("not in my back yard") and ("yes in my back yard"): against or for market-driven increases in housing stock in particular neighborhoods.

CityLab (part of The Atlantic) takes a look at the "" campaign in California by several democratic chapters: Public Housing In My Back Yard.
citylab.com/equity/2018/04/nim

(For DSA's full reasoning, see, e.g., DSA-LA's statement here: dsa-la.org/statement_in_opposi)

A city, like a social network, can be hostile or welcoming, exploitative or cooperative; it can foster meaningful connections or impede them.

How can we become more intentional about the we live in? We can look at examples of doing things differently, recognize patterns, adapt & apply them. This article by Amanda Abrams looks at a few examples of neighborhood organizing, from "senior villages" in the US to "sharing villages" in Korea:

blog.p2pfoundation.net/why-urb social.coop/media/WpuccAafrhPO

Similar collaborations between news orgs are becoming more common, thanks to better tools, better networking, and nonprofits specifically focused on building bridges. Here's a database of projects that anyone can study to get inspiration, compiled by the Center for Cooperative Media (!) and Melody Kramer:

collaborativejournalism.org/da

Daphne Galizia, who investigated corruption in , was murdered last year:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daphne_C

Journalists are fighting back against attempts to silence them. 18 news organizations from 15 countries are coordinating the , to tell her stories over the coming weeks. See, e.g.:

occrp.org/en/thedaphneproject/

The project is being coordinated by , an NPO specifically set up to amplify the stories of murdered journalists.

More about Daphne:
niemanreports.org/articles/she

Citations are as important to as hyperlinks are to the web. What if the entire citation graph was available as open data? We're getting closer to this being a reality. Dario Taraborelli, who leads Wikimedia's research team, writes on Boing Boing about the Initiative for Open Citations (i4oc.org/):

boingboing.net/2018/04/14/open

@constructivejournalism @kaniini I had the privilege of working with these people for several years https://bitfixit.org.uk.archived.website/ and they are still doing it https://bitfixit.co.uk/

@constructivejournalism oh, that's awesome! In Kotka, Finland they have a place for bike repair, teens use it a lot and older folks help them and manage the place. I took or bought a cart for my bike from them as far as I remember and they helped me to attach it. Super cool.

@constructivejournalism Community repair is awesome. Loads of social and environment benefits simply from getting people together in a room and fixing things.

Shoutout also to openrepair.org, an alliance of community repair orgs around the world (including Repair Cafe Foundation).

(disclaimer: I work for The Restart Project :) therestartproject.org)

Have you heard of repair cafes, local meeting places where people come together to fix stuff that would otherwise end up as ? According to repaircafe.org/ there are more than 1,500 repair cafes world-wide -- a growing, noncommercial global movement.

This article in The Guardian from last month gives a good introduction: "Can we fix it? The repair cafes waging war on throwaway culture"

theguardian.com/world/2018/mar

After reneged on his electoral reform campaign promise ("As Prime Minister, I’ll make sure the 2015 election will be the last under first-past-the-post system"), overdue changes to the voting system may still happen at the regional level, if voters approve them.

A new referendum on is in the works in BC. has a good report on it up today:

sightline.org/2018/04/12/pr-wo

See also some of their earlier reporting on PR, e.g.:

sightline.org/2017/06/19/this-

Relatedly, those working in tech may find this interview in (a democratic magazine) useful. It gives some background on the unionizing efforts at (which resulted in mass firings and a labor dispute) & ideas/links that may be helpful for those hoping to mobilize tech co-workers:

jacobinmag.com/2018/04/lanetix

Under worsening working conditions, new and traditional US media outlets have been turning to an old strategy: forming . From Gizmodo to Vox and The Onion, from Slate to Chicago Tribune and LA Times.

Gizmodo's Splinter News has been doing especially good work covering these developments:

splinternews.com/search?q=medi

Unions can challenge the status quo. For example, a recently formed union at LAT is highlighting pay gaps by gender and race:

splinternews.com/la-times-staf

A good recent mini-documentary by Naomi Klein and Lauren Feeney that showcases cooperative efforts in Puerto Rico which challenge the exploitative, neo-colonial model.

In particular, it features Casa Pueblo (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_Pue), an environmental watchdog org that fights for renewable energy, and agricultural efforts that combine education + resilient organic farming practices.

theintercept.com/2018/03/20/pu

Hello fediverse! This account will toot a few stories a week that are examples of solutions-focused journalism: how people are working to address inequality, prejudice, and exploitative economic systems. Want to help curate stories? Send a private message, either to this account or to @eloquence.

This account is not a bot - all stories are selected and summarized with love. :)