I've been on Mastodon over at
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
Taxpayers to foot £200bn bill for PFI contracts.
"After 25 years of PFI, there is still little evidence that it delivers enough benefit to offset the additional costs of borrowing money privately"
"An analysis of costs for building one group of schools “found costs are around 40% higher than the costs of a project financed by government borrowing,” auditors said."
These are some of the policies which have arisen organically out of local community struggles in many countries around the globe. We want to see projects like fairbnb build workers' and poor people's needs and protagonism in to the platform cooperative model from the start, to integrate movements for housing justice in the development of new cooperative approaches. Do you work with housing justice organizations? Is that something you would like to do more of?
I'm working on a draft proposal for converting our UK based online farm management collective into a not-for-profit open online co-operative society to promoting co-operative farm governance & more sustainable farming.
The link on our site to our Loomio is broken, its at -
Interested in anyones thoughts or advice, feel free to comment here, or using whatever method you see fit in the draft scratch pad
Just in case you are an active user of #socialcoop and you weren't aware...
We are a member-funded service - if you are an active user and have the means to contribute €1-10 a month consider doing so at https://opencollective.com/socialcoop
Testing out unlimited wireless internet for the poors for $200/yr Show more
I finally ran speed tests on the 4G LTE wifi hotspot for low income people. At midnight in a mid-size metro area at full signal I got 60Mbps down & 5Mbps up. The device was in a 2nd floor window.
In a smaller town I saw a little slowness at prime time but nothing bad. It works on the Sprint network and is real unlimited data. Proof of income required.
Account on research gate has five peer-reviewed articles + interesting non-published chapters defending the idea of "Food as a #commons" as a necessary narrative shift to build a different system https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320864109_How_do_people_value_food_Systematic_heuristic_and_normative_approaches_to_narratives_of_transition_in_food_systems
Fascinating sprawling discussion on counter anti-disintermediation, decentralized social media, decentralized infrastructure, politics of coops, mesh networking.
Two thoughts spring to mind:
- Mastodon isn’t great for reading a threaded discussion
- Seems a shame all this great discourse is destined to just eventually slide off a timeline, what's to be done about that?
I write my newsletter then pre-schedule a tweet or two asking people to sign up to my newsletter. But I can't pre-schedule a toot...can I? Something else to add to my list of to-dos "Find all the replacements for my workflow". Maybe @dajbelshaw will tell me what to do next week :) http://www.laurahilliger.com/newsletter/
Electric Embers internet hosting cooperative
"EE is a worker cooperative providing Internet hosting services and support to nonprofits, cooperatives, artists, and others contributing to the common good. We’re here to help you create a more just, sustainable, and beautiful world."
Of course I'd love to work full-time on #raiden so even at this early stage I think about how the project might facilitate that.
My initial thoughts follow the typical paths (kits, kickstarter, patreon, etc.) but reading "Ours to hack and own" has me wondering if there is a co-op approach to this.
I have a couple ideas but it's all pretty fuzzy. I'm wondering if any of the #coop folks here have any thoughts, or have seen something like this done before?
Landworkers' Alliance : More Farmers, Better Food, a Politics Crowdfunding Project in the United Kingdom
Small farmers union @LandworkersUK on Twitter are a member of the 200 million strong international peasant & small farmer union @via_campesina
LWA are working hard to influence agricultural policy post brexit
I'm a co-founder of We Are Open Co-op. We're having a meetup near London Bridge on Thursday 18th January from 18:30.
Here is an interesting thought to post to a mastodon instance. From Dmytri Kleiner via P2P Foundation:
"Going back to an early Internet architecture of cooperative, decentralized servers, as projects such as Diaspora, GNU Social, and others are attempting to do, will not work. This is precisely the sort of architecture that anti-disintermediation was designed to defeat. Decentralized systems need to be designed to be counter-anti-disintermediationist."
"Fork the Economy" by @Rushkoff
"I've given up on fixing the economy. The economy is not broken. It's simply unjust. There's a difference.
We have to stop looking at our economy as a broken system, but one that is working absolutely true to its original design. It's time to be progressive -- and this means initiating systemic changes."
Meet Sci-Hub's Alexandra Elbakyan, the mastermind behind the liberation of 50 million journal articles that I refuse to call "stolen", shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers.
At 1.6 GHz, 64-bit and up to 8 cores each SoC, (as well as gigabit Ethernet, USB 3, PCIe 3, and DDR4) it looks to be competitive with #x86 zombies.
Just need some awesome new #FOSS computing environment on there!