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MayFirst Movement Technology published a statement around Covid, movement organising and tech infrastructure
mayfirst.coop/en/post/2020/con
It’s a manifesto or statement of intent, rather than an analysis or work plan. But it will be good to note the online venues where the group will be holding its explorations and work processes, on this agenda.
It’s not 100% obvious to me where these venues are! When I get it better sussed, I’ll post here! If anyone is aware of venues and online ‘cells’ do reply?

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Recently I’m referring back to a tradition of design that may be unfamiliar to cooperators & hackers here. So some references. Scandinavian 80s/90s tradition of work oriented design of computer artefacts, and a collective resource tradition of codesign with labour unions. From days before P2P code hacking, web apps & digitally mediated organisation, invites remixing in today’s coop practice. Tool notions, coproduction principle and weaving of tech, theorising and democracy are valuable. 1of2

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@liaizon @Matt_Noyes I started in fed wiki about 6 months ago - thanks Silke Helfrich. Here are some resources.
A personal wiki
mh.federated.wiki
Pattern language
pattern.resources.federated.wi
Navigating in wiki
pattern.resources.federated.wi
How federatation works in wiki
mhresources.federated.wiki/wik
Fed wiki folks are keen on graphs. A few links here
mhresources.federated.wiki/wik
There's been discussion in Loomio open app ecosystem group, including how to create your own wiki
loomio.org/d/r7T9o6b2/fedwiki/
@yala

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I've had an awareness for a couple of years, of Zuckerberg's intention to steal banking from the bankers, and pull the world's poorest smartphone users into a sticky platform-banking web. On cue, here comes !
See @matslats of the , on Libracoin
opencredit.network/2019/07/24/

And more here on class war among the old and new bankers
noncorporate.org/build-global-
Slugging it out soon with China?

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Puzzled . . @mako makes a clear pitch on "Free software production needs free tools" youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RC
And is very clear on and (though says most code comes from solo not collaboration!). Yet not a hint of coop ownership of to keep tools honest & open (GitHub!). Surely tools today become platforms? And platforms require collaboration even if code doesn't? So why doesn't follow automatically, as we talk tools? How does libre not equal coop in FLOSS world?

“Stand out of my light” indeed. Get out of my face. Give me my life back. Stop drinking my oxygen. Or as Burroughs said in Nova Express: “Boards, syndicates, governments of the world - give it back. Give it all back.” This rage in the face of consumerist mind-fucking is more primitively radical than any rationalist Bill of Rights?

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Chapter five - Empires of the mind (Churchill quote) - is the best plain scan of advertising and the desire machinery of consumerist capitalism that I’ve seen, since Vance Packard’s Hidden Persuaders kick-started me on the ‘ethical’ road of anti capitalism in the 60s.
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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.

An English friend who lives in Boston posted this to a group of Brits . .
>the Spanish Plataforma de Afectados por la Hipoteca is exactly what is needed here in the US and probably in the UK too. Evictions and foreclosures are going to hit at the end of this month and we shall see a crisis of homelessness and emiseration that doesn't bear thinking about.

James Lawson @ John Lewis
youtube.com/watch?v=YOxpSPT5Pn
Isn't this close to being a manifesto for the commons-cooperative movement? US local content, *human* intention - for the grandchildren's grandchildren

As a user of liberating software, free culture works, or user-respecting online services, it's common to want to contribute back but not know how. One contribution anyone can make is to send a message to the maintainers telling them a few things you like about it, thanking them for their work. It's easy to remember to complain about bugs or missing features, but like everyone, creators need compliments too, especially when they are volunteers.

If you were looking to write the perfect *non-technical* book on decentralisation, what would you include? 🤔

(boosts appreciated!)

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> Green parties don't seem to have a united, holistic vision of a utopian society
Sure. They're just some of the threads in the fabric. Not privileged with a master (sic) vision.

This harks back to early C19 pre-mass-party 'associationist' forms of socialism-before-socialism in industrialising countries, before statism and collectivised-professionalised (eg Fabian) socialisms got the upper hand, in an unholy electoral-administrative social-democratic alliance.
@bhaugen @LeoSammallahti

This London urban-commons project is pretty well self publicised but may be new to you
medium.com/@TessyBritton/tomor
There are diverging views of the politics of this, the local council is central as a regeneration funder, Big Time. It's not clear to me how its community/BIPoC politics runs. It's strongly design led and system-minded, in a way that seems very sophisticated. Interesting and not uncomplicated class politics, I suspect.

This London urban-commons project is pretty well self publicised but may be new to you
medium.com/@TessyBritton/tomor
There are widely diverging views of the politics of this, the local council is central as a funder, Big Time. It's not clear to me how its community politics/BIPoC politics runs. But it's strongly design led and system-minded, in a way that seems very sophisticated.

honestly, systems thinking is not rocket science: you just need to cultivate and nurture relationships with people in different parts of the system 🤯

My wife and I are going through a bit of a rough time at the moment. We're privileged to be in a better position than a lot of people right now, but we're stuck indefinitely outside our country of residence (China) and surfing from couch to couch. Most of our money is in a Chinese bank account we can't access while outside China (looong story). If anyone can offer me some paid work I can do remotely from #Aotearoa (#NZ), that would really help.

If the only way you can help is a boost, cool :)

Municipalist Politics and the Specter of Emancipation

"...why was the municipalist movement unable to bring about any fundamental change in the way politics is practiced, even just at the local level? Why was it unable to sustain a new way of doing politics? What can we learn from these experiences in order not to make the same mistakes again?"

roarmag.org/magazine/municipal

#socialecology #communalism #municipalism

Please avoid using the propaganda phrase "rubber bullets" and try to use a phrase that more accurately describes these dangerous and sometimes lethal weapons:
forbes.com/sites/davidhambling

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