Postdocs and the academic job market (-) Show more
Postdocs are usually unionized in their institutions
But problems go beyond what can be negotiated at the single-institution level
There needs to be a postdoc "meta-union" or something that can bring about meaningful change on:
* The ratio of PhD's graduated to available positions for them
* Creating new non-professor long-term academic positions (how about paying reviewers for journals, for example?)
* Reducing the harm of the academic precariat
Another epic in the bag!
Set off at midnight, reached the summit by noon :) Sea to the summit of the highest peak in Japan.
Got attacked by sleep monsters but had a blast with these kiddos! https://social.coop/media/aTnli46SKgXFTmjn-WQ
Etiquette Show more
Before jumping into someone else's mentions:
✅ Am I being contrarian?
✅ Do I already have a relationship with this person, or am I being inappropriately familiar?
✅ Am I "ironically" doing exactly what this person just said not to do?
✅ Am I derailing another legitimate discussion in order to get on my own favourite hobby-horse or to one-up this person in my knowledge of social issues?
✅ Am I saying "Are you surprised?" when they're disappointed?
✅ Am I providing unsolicited advice?
Had another epic weekend in the mountains. It was absolutely perfect despite dire weather forecast. We cranked out 24 km and over 2400m of elevation gain. Body/spirit felt amazing. I’ve neglected work for the past two days though, and I worry I’ll never grow up to take my “real” responsibilities seriously. What is the balance between self care and selfishness? How much”contribution to society” is enough to permit some days of pure pleasure?
It's the last few hours of crowdfunding for #Mobilizon, a free open federated alternative to Facebook Events:
You can follow it here:
It's already achieved its funding goals for events, groups and ActivityPub federation.
Further funds will go to mobile apps, UI development and advanced maps.
It's backed by @Framasoft , the free software organisation that backed PeerTube and many other alternatives.
In an effort to better understand our community and strengthen ties, volunteers on the community working group are currently running a member survey. They are using a "snowballing"-type networking approach in which members reach out to other members. Please help by doing the survey and helping spread the word.
If you have strong objections to the survey, feel free to share them.
I hope we will all take the "good enough to try" approach.
Is self sufficiency the ideal goal for urban food policy?
"it is important that cities remember that their objective is not so much self-sufficiency, but decreasing the environmental footprint of their food system"
Thanks to @luisrazeto I am reading a little book by Albert O. Hirschman, "Getting Ahead Collectively"
"As an economist I had expected that the need to mobilize a minimal account of capital would be at the root of at least some of the cooperative, worker-managed enterprises. But it turned out that a more fundamental need is, once again, some experience dispelling isolation and mutual distrust."
People carry this positive legacy of solidarity with them from experience to experience.
Finished the next chapter of @luisrazeto's Solidarity Economy Roads, on Alternative Development. Should be online in a week or two. I like the idea of "desirable development" because it calls attention to the importance of the desiring subject, when development typically reduces people to inputs or theoretical beneficiaries of progress.
Framasoft is gearing up for their next big fediverse project, which is an events platform intended to replace Facebook Events. Show more
Mobilizon blows past €50,000 funding goal, 10 days left https://wedistribute.org/2019/06/mobilizon-blows-past-e50000-funding-goal-10-days-left/
The Lesson, speculative fiction set in the Virgin Islands, by @cadwellsocialcoop
Hey y'all, I'm putting together a compendium of interviews with #WorkerCoop members for the ed.coop site. Suggestions are appreciated (all content types welcome)
It was supposed to be a wash out, weather wise, but we decided to brave the rain and wind and found ourselves above the clouds in the morning. Mt. Fuji, always so powerful. https://social.coop/media/tQATeVKGaxDX7pq9TT0
#SocialCoop meta Show more
There's been a few requests for upgrades to our Mastodon instance.
But it has prodded me into running a check to regroup the tech ops team. If you're a #SocialCoop member and interested add yourself here:
Note: apologies, this check closes in 2 days, for reasons. DM me if you miss it.
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