@Matt_Noyes interviewed Karen Miller of the Home School Co-op, a creative project that formed as a response to the coronavirus pandemic:
Principle 6 Working Group for Social Coop?
A working group where people actively seek opportunities to cooperate with other #coops?
Latest episode of Looks like New with @ntnsndr and @cadwellsocialcoop was super fun to listen to! Especially hearing our little nerdy coop fiction game fit into the vast landscape of Cadeell’s prolific writing world!
Here’s the link for the episode:
"Alignment" is a big topic in management literature -- a business in which everyone is aligned with the mission/vision is more effective. Quantities of literature and countless workshops offer solutions to this problem. But typically profit maximization is assumed to be the fundamental goal (i.e., capital is the organizing principle). This does not serve everyone's interest. So alignment generates antagonism. Cooperative alignment starts with creative maladjustment to profit-maximization.
Don't often boost stuff from the birdsite, but this thread by BlackSocialists about a 1978 speech by Murray Bookchin is worth a read (Nitter link=no ads/tracking):
A beautiful encapsulation of Musk-style futurism: the present extended into the future. We must instead "change the present so that the future looks very, very different from what it is today." You can read the full speech here (I haven't yet, still mostly unfamiliar with Bookchin):
(Last bit about tunnel metaphors)
Yesterday, after a tough morning of grinding up steep climbs, I decided I needed a goal to look forward to, a light if you will, and booked myself a room at a hotel.
All day I pushed hard to make it to my destination. But my day came to a screeching halt as I broke a spoke with less than 20km to go. The wheel became so untrue I had to carry it 2.5km to the train station. Ah, tunnel vision....
This fixation on getting to the end though, tunnel vision, can sometimes blind us to the very real pitfalls right in front of our tires. Careening downhill, trying to hold my own against big trucks speeding past, I knew that if I didn’t pay attention to the road right in front of my tires, a pot hole or tire slip would lead to dire circumstances
Tunnels: the fabulous, the dank and the poop your pants variety. Got a taste (sometimes literally) of all three varieties during my ride yesterday .
It’s easy to see why tunnels are often evoked when talking about getting through dark times. I found myself many times today, plunged into tunnels so dark it was impossible not to fixate on looking ahead to try to spot a teeny tiny spec of light denoting the end of the sheer terror of being in such a confined space.
Another exciting session for our co-op spec fiction group! Up this time... the 'talk' between Jenna and Rae- will they be able to re-gain trust? Do these NVCommunicators battle?
loomio thread: loomio.org/d/Ypm7z0t1/disco-inspired-speculative-fiction
My favorite journalist @chiematsumoto, co-founder of a new journalist co-op in Japan, helped produce this -- looks great:
"Japan is Asia's first industrialised economy, yet it ranks 121...on the Gender Gap Index. Journalist Yumi Araki returns to Japan to explore what it means to be a woman in a society with an entrenched patriarchy... "
For future reference, here's the link for our co-op fiction writing group meetings:
Let's try to use this as the thread or start new ones to message each other for future sessions.
I've long cautioned against the use of the "NonCommercial" variants of the Creative Commons licenses, because their restrictions are often more far-reaching than folks may realize (e.g., most free culture projects won't be able to use any content under those licenses).
@PeteForsyth has published a new essay that sharpens one aspect of that critique -- having a restriction with this level of ambiguity almost defeats the purpose of attaching a CC license at all:
Hey :) This is an account for karrot - an open source community organising platform focused on resource saving and sharing.
We're currently being used by a bunch of groups around Europe who save and share food from being wasted (see https://karrot.world/#/groupPreview), but heading towards general community organising uses too.
We're into stuff like participatory design, democratic process, non/less-hierarchical structure.
We're open source (you can use our main instance, or self-host).
The Ethical Source folks recently put out a guide to transitioning a project to an ethical source license. I'm really curious to hear about projects doing this and how it goes.
Passionate about cultivating relationship centered systems. Studying governance in agricultural co-operatives. she/her
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