Coops should scrap charitable donations and instead invest the money into new coops. Charity tackles symptoms, coops change structural root causes.
It would have a deeper, more sustainable social impact, improve the bottom line and distinguish coops more from capitalist firms.
Right now the charitable work coops do is indistinguishable from that of their capitalist competitors, at least to the ordinary member.
#ShowerThoughts Both philosophically and technically, federation is the middle ground between "the centre should have total authority and control over the edges" (authoritarianism), and "there should be no centre, only edges" (individualism or egoism). The essence of federation is that its useful to have centres, but power ought to reside mostly at the edges.
Good interview with one of the founders of Pelham Auto #WorkerCoop
Our small three-person team has been building this project for the past 1.5 years.
We tried to apply what we've learned from the digital rights, copyleft, FOSS, community network, and commoning spaces we have experience in, and apply those lessons to build new digital tools and creative works rooted in solidarity and equity. 🍄 https://one.compost.digital/foreword/
Yesterday at Show and Tell we talked about some of the ways that we can overcome de-platforming. We discussed p2p platforms, ethical cooperative web hosts, and more.
You can sign up for our mailing list to get more details on upcoming discussions and join us every Thursday at 3PM.
They're making a Redwall movie, which means that my childhood has now been thoroughly mined https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2021/02/netflix-will-adapt-brian-jacques-redwall-into-feature-film-tv-series/
What's the best umbrella term for tech that aims at a lower environmental impact (hardware, software and network traffic) and respects privacy?
@calcifer posted about this in December, resulting in an interesting thread. Now I'm writing about it and could use some help deciding on a single term :)
We volunteer at LifeCycles, a project in Victoria that harvests fruit trees from people's yards and donate them to the various local food banks.
If you have fruit trees and are willing to have people pick them, add your trees to the project.
"been following your journey and life on Pino, inspired me to buy a narrow boat of my own to create an indpependant pirate studio on it"
This is their boat:
I lent £150 to the New Leaf Food #Coop when it began in early 2012. Not loads, but a significant sum for me then and now.
It was a workers coop, where all employees equally own the business. Their aim was to supply local and/or ecological foods with as little packaging as possible: they were ahead of the curve back then
Today, ~9 years later, the coop is doing fine and paid me back the £150!
Worth visiting if in #Edinburgh
Solidarity with the people of #Portland standing up to the combined forces of far-Right goons running defense for the regime, Donald Trump calling for blood, and Ted Wheeler and his police spilling it on their behalf.
https://www.mapthepaths.org.uk/ is a project to add all the rights of way and permissive paths in England and Wales to OpenStreetMap, fully tagged.
It contains council data of paths that can be cross-referenced with current OSM data. Parts that are missing are then added to OSM by volunteers.
It's important to add these routes to the database! If you can contribute time drawing lines, it would be appreciated. I'm happy to help advise or get you started if you're new, and there's also the wider OSM community who are always happy to assist.
What Silicon Valley builds has been controlled mainly by capitalists looking for profitable ventures, and "a habit-forming outrage machine that spies on us" was the profitable thing to build. The funders of Silicon Valley were never serious about the ideal of the net as a global public square. For them it was just marketing spin, stolen from the hackers who were serious about that ideal, and still are.