@mattcropp @redoak There's another in the works here in I'll meet one of the organizers tomorrow as it turns out.

chinookcenter.org/about/

@scribe that's the primary role of the charge controller. It can take wildly fluctuating input voltages and make sure it comes out at the "smartest" voltage to charge the battery. Conversely, the USB ports built into a panel have voltage regulator designed to lock it in at 5V so you can safely use it with any USB device.

@scribe I'd highly recommend using DC as it will allow you to use bigger batteries. See the models that are billed as "solar generators" now. (They're generator-shaped 🙄)

If you use USB then you're somewhat limited to 5V 2.4amp output from the panel. If you want more from the panel you need to use more USB ports at once which means you might be "discarding" some useful solar juice if you're not using all the ports at once. DC is pure power from the panel.

@ItsTheManOnTheMoon @ink_slinger That reminds me of this bit I heard about a Bach piece that Yo-Yo Ma has been playing since he was 4 years old and how he has constantly reinterpreted it throughout his life. npr.org/2018/08/17/639571356/y

@strypey @mattcropp I think they're synonymous with the "Savings Pool Association" in that they have just enough structure to satisfy any regulatory and legal hurdles. At least that's how I perceive the current ones.

@funwhilelost
> Consensus decision-making means this fits small groups well.

This seems to be a common assumption, but with good facilitation, I've seen consensus process can be used effectively with live meeting of hundreds of people. When online tools like #Loomio are used, allowing people to participate when they have time, it can also work with large organizations.
@mattcropp

@strypey @mattcropp Thanks for the heads up and interesting link. Consensus decision-making means this fits small groups well. I really like the "being part of a group" aspect and how it dovetails with tool loans, worker bees, etc. For orchestrating larger loans (from multiple pools or individuals) I think that's where "Investment Clubs" come in and I'm excited to see how those develop.

@funwhilelost are you familiar with #SavingsPools?:
livingeconomies.nz/solutions/s

In #Aotearoa savings pools have helped people clear interest-bearing debt, including in some cases paying off mortgates. We use P2P relationships between many smaller pools to raise the savings necessary for larger loans. In one case our pool funded publication of a kid's book written by a member. In principle, savings pools could lend startup and expansion funds to coops.
@mattcropp

#Loomio 2.0 is being beta tested. I've only just started playing around but I'd told the final release will includes a number of #UX improvements, including a more mobile-friendly UI and a containerized mobile app. If you have a Loomio account, join the fun!
loomio.org/g/QOeoycxP/loomio-c

It's a bit rough around the edges, there's still a lot of work to be done before it's ready to become the default UI. But so far, it's looking like a big step forward from 1.0.

@telent Most of my tracking is captive because I used Garmin devices. I have friends on Strava, Endomondo, and elsewhere. I am currently hooked up to tapiriik - a service that will copy your activites from any silo to any silo _including Dropbox_. This will at least put all your tracks somewhere you can get at them. (And you can turn everything "private" on Strava) tapiriik.com/

@mattcropp I really like that language of "suitable remuneration and not directly linked to the profits". Thanks for sharing.

DWeb Camp attendees: come learn about the IndieWeb at my workshop on Saturday at 10:15 in the Mesh Hall. Take your blog to the next level by posting to other social networks, syndicating your comments and likes back to your site, and owning all your data!

Loved the "Kurt Russo on the People Under the Sea" episode of For the Wild Podcast. Very emotional to hear the Lummi telling of the orcas captured in the 70's, the current state of the southern resident pods and how it reflects our current world. forthewild.world/listen/kurt-r

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