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I'm based in the UK and into food, land, tech and people collaborating to manage them.
I'm involved in a few projects -
https://www.ourfieldproject.org/ 40 people using online tools to collaborate managing a field
http://travellingtoolbox.org.uk/ is a mobile hackspace/workshop set up to help environmental & community projects build & fix tools and infrastructure
http://farmhack.org/wiki/soilhack-wiki Soilhack is a peer 2 peer learning network
@jboy Not fully sure what the "platformization of everything" is.
But alternative infrastructure for teaching and research:
1) Jupyter Notebook
2) A departmental GIT server
3) Collabora Office (for some departments a LaTex version)
4) A Wiki
5) Collaborative Markdown pads
Better at the university level:
If it takes some time: a @GrassrootsReview server. 😎
Today -- 3pm Colorado, 5pm New York, 10pm Dublin, 1am Milan(!), 7am Tokyo...
Dear Fediverse! A friendly designer created a very lovely leaflet for us to be used in our spring campaign #ConnectingGardens (attached).
Unfortunately, the design is in a private format... can anyone here please help us in creating a similar leaflet (we give you the sources) in Inkscape, Scribus or other open formats? Please DM
for reasons that ought to be obvious, we ought to run our electric system with regard to reliability and environmental impact, and not profit. But unfortunately we elected a movie star president in the '80s and there was money to be made
AI can detect human emotions with wireless signals https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2021/02/ai-can-detect-human-emotions-with-wireless-signals/ The total absence of considerations about whether this should be done highlights the urgent need for much stricter ethical oversight of AI research
Ask fedi: Is there a MIDI controller that can be (reasonably) used as a soft pedal for the MIDI keyboard without requiring foot or hand control? I cannot move my foot or legs at all due to disability, but I'd really like to be able to play normal piano pieces. I know the soft pedal is not something you can't live without, but the lack of one really takes a lot of variation and possibilities out of the experience.
Hey folks, don't forget to sign-up for a slot in the Social.Coop Office Hours (more like a rolling #chautauqua than office hours).
"[Arturo Escobar] insists on attention to what he calls the ontological dimension of #design: all design reproduces certain ways of being, knowing, and doing. He's interested in the #Zapatista concept of creating "a world where many worlds fit," rather than the "one world" project of #neoliberal globalization."
"In this direction, there is a growing set of scholars interested in #decolonizing technologies, including AI systems. For example, designers Lewis, Arista, Pechawis, and Kite draw from #Hawaiian, #Cree, and #Lakota knowledge to argue that #indigenous epistemologies, which tend to emphasize relationality and 'are much better at respectfully accomodating the non-human' should ground the development of #AI."
"Beyond inclusion and fairness in #AI, we need to consider justice, autonomy, and sovereignty. For example, how does AI reproduce colonial ontology and epistimology? What would algorithmic decision making look like if it were design to support, extend, and amplify #indigenous knowledge and/or practices? In this direction, there is a growing set of scholars interested in #decolonizing technologies, including AI systems."
"Is it always (or ever) possible to reduce #CognitiveLoad for all users simultaneously? Perhaps not. Instead, designers constantly make choices about which users to privilege and which will have to do more work. #UI decisions distribute higher and lower cognitive loads among different kinds of people. The point is not htat it's wrong to privilege some users over others; the point is that those decisions need to be made explicit."
"...this group also sees disability as socially constructed and relational, rather than as a binary property (disabled or not) that adheres to an individual. Disabiity is 'a mismatch between the needs of the individual and the design of the product, system, or service. With this framing, disability can be experienced by anyone excluded by the design... Accessibility is therefore the ability of the design or system to match thre requirements of the individual."
"UD discourse emphasizes that we should try to design for everybody and that by including those who are often excluded from design considerations, we can make objects, places, and systems that ultimately function better for all people. #DesignJustice shares that goal, but also acknowledges both that some people are always advantaged and other disadvantaged by any given design, and that this distribution is influenced by intersecting structures of race, gender, and disability."
Reclaiming the commons: From austerity and debt to public space and health as commons
WED JAN 27 // 18:00 UTC/GMT
A space for reflection on activist experience, practice and strategy in times of crisis.
Briar is about to get 2 new functions that you might like.
- self-destructing messages
- profile pictures.
All communication in #signal goes through these tech giants: Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Cloudflare
Just texting goes through Amazon.
Group chat will also go through Google.
#GAFAM is toxic to free software, supports mass surveillance and a lot other very bad things. Supporting such companies means also supporting their culture and their dominance. It's never just about the privacy of a single person.
This wk in cooperation
For those who are allergic to Mailchimp:
Cooperation and Chocolate
A New Landscape for Skill-Sharing
Meet the Boston Ujima Project
The gig is up
Do worker cooperatives pay a price for equality?
Debunking the Myth of Homo economicus
Game Workers Unite!
(boostable) have environmental science bachelor's, looking for experience in mutual aid focused farming initiatives
I will have an environmental science degree with experience in toxicology and environmental chemistry. I'm a queer brown leftist and I'm interested in supporting community resilience and learning about food sustainability. Can intern, can travel. Available starting Sept/Oct 2021.
food, trees, land, tech and people collaborating to manage/steward them
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