I have so much more empathy for those dealing with chronic pain. I've had an on going ear infection for four days and finally had it cleared out an hour ago and am amazed at how much that constant pain coloured my every day. It affected my mood, my energy levels, how I interacted with others or participation in conversation, my motivation to do anything... it was hard for it to not be all consuming.
Happy to share the next Unit of How to Create a Solidarity Enterprise by @luisrazeto
"In this Unit the solidarity group tackles the problem of financing... breaking down and researching the various possible sources of external financing: loans, investments, donations, and solidarity funding. Which are most efficient? Which are most aligned with the logic of solidarity economy?"
Social.Coop is a Loomio Group/Mastodon Instance/Open Collective entity.
What is a SC member? A person or org. with an account on this instance? (1280 people)
An active member on this instance? (140/wk)
A one-off financial contributor to SC on Open Collective? (?)
A regular contributor on OC? (?)
A member of our Loomio group? (252)
Is SC a cooperative? A commons? A common-pool resource?
The answer may help us decide how to offer BigBlueButton via Meet.Coop, and other services.
social.coop meta, time poll
Hey #socialcoop folks, heads up that there's a time poll active for the next few days to nail down a date for a follow-up call to explore a few of the themes that emerged from the recent strategy sessions. If you'd like to have your availability inform the scheduling process, please respond in the next few days!
We found an open source license that Google is against so we're changing to it: Hello AGPL!
It helps prevent corporations from taking our code and selling it as a proprietary competitor.
No change to you as a Plausible subscriber or self-hoster.
I hope it’s not overstepping to say that it’s @Matt_Noyes ‘s birthday today. So many of us on social.coop have been boosted, cared for and attended to by Matt and his outstanding cheerleading abilities. It takes a keen eye and an ever expansive heart to be able to see people for who they are and encourage them to use their wings to fly towards their dreams...
I have many Matt appreciation days but am glad there is an official one where we all get to celebrate one heckuva guy!
We have a check poll going about Social.coop Loomio Membership: https://www.loomio.org/d/pZuRV5gD/social-coop-loomio-membership/1
We will start removing members at the end of the check poll, so please let us know if you have any qualms about this process
A problem with cooperatives is that many people think of them as just a tool, just a form of business, divorced from (separated? Open relationship?) social and ecological transformation.
Our local landscaping co-op is so lucky to have a strong #permaculture foundation on which to build a cooperative. It's as if they were building a cooperative on the basis of cooperativism. (With the added benefit of a vision of life systems.)
I'm excited to share my #apconf2020 talk, "Decentralized Social Media vs the Trolls."
In it, I tell how the #Fediverse, a #decentralized social network, rallied together to isolate an invasive right wing extremist group through codes of conduct, human moderators, and strong moderation tools.
(Hosted on a #peertube instance, conf.tube!)
Will be doing my best to geek out on real estate development co-ops to try to drum up interest for starting one in Tokyo!
If you're free in 30 minutes and want to tune in, check it out at
"De-commodifying Real Estate: the Co-op Dream that Doesn’t Require Roommates"
social.coop meta, strategy summits
Hey #socialcoop folks - if you'd like to attend one of our instance's "strategy summits" later this month, please RSVP to this Loomio Poll: https://www.loomio.org/d/6SoVapyj/2020-social-coop-strategy-summit/53
With views like these, can you blame me for wanting to be out in the mountains ALL the time instead of sitting behind a desk and being responsible?
PS I also got a chance to waddle behind a gaggle of ptarmigans for part of the trail... sooooo cute
(Photo caption: sunrise view over a mountain ridge, jagged mountain ridge and blue skies over a glacier)
Location: Mountain range from Ogisawa to Hakuba
I have some great news about Boston Public Schools and free software. You may know that my Co-op has been hosting some Boston Public School courses over the summer using free software.
Assessments of student progress shows that the teachers that stuck with BBB had better assessment scores for their students!! Especially the Math teachers. Scores were SIGNIFICANTLY higher by about 10-15 percentage points and it is believed that is because BBB allowed for student engagement more than Zoom did.
MightyNetworks is another such platform. The faq immediately makes clear the distinction between "hosts" and "members".
The section for how to remove a member is simple for hosts. Just press a button. No process. No democratic governance here!
There is a lot of focus too on monetisation of the community.
Causes a lot of dissonance for me to see otherwise great looking projects like https://www.weareeveryone.org using it for their community platform.
The tools you use will shape reality.
Yesterday we announced the first version of our documentation, now online at https://docs.cryptpad.fr Some more details on this. 👇
@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?
Passionate about cultivating relationship centered systems. Studying governance in agricultural co-operatives. she/her
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