Spread good vibes and good info.
"Our reporters will look into:
- How disasters disproportionately impact the most vulnerable and what can be done to respond and rebuild in a just and equitable way
- How communities can prevent "disaster capitalists" (those who seek to profit through rebuilding/recovery efforts) from preying on various populations in the aftermath of a crisis"
Slightly hesitant about the name. It's important to avoid inadvertently framing disaster as an 'opportunity' for anything. I feel like referencing disaster capitalism has that negative association. But I also see why you'd want to directly present counter examples to something so unpleasant.
Cool, Shareable is working on a podcast called Disaster Collectivism. (As contrasted with disaster capitalism.)
Definitely an interesting topic. I was posting about this a bit ago, in reference to Rebecca Solnit's book A Paradise Made In Hell.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the podcast covers the topic.
Really enjoyed this interview with Esteban Kelly of the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives.
Hits some great points like common misconceptions of worker coops (e.g. totally flat structure); the question of 'get big' vs 'replicate'; how coops avoid boom bust cycles.
Interesting distinction of anti-capitalist and acapitalist, that's a new one on me.
"Happily, the Web is so huge that there's no way any one company can dominate it." - @timberners_lee, _Weaving the Web_ (1999)
The Broken Spoke bike coop in Oxford is fundraising to move to a new home - send some solidarity their way if you can spare anything!
They do DIY workshops, mechanics courses, cycle training, events for underrepresented groups, and lots more great stuff.
Another great episode of Upstream. It discusses the coops of Mondragon, and the challenges they faced as they got bigger and brushed up against the global capitalist system. And discusses Cooperation Jackson and their learnings from Mondragon. Emphasises the need for strong political direction in addition to forming coops.
I like the metaphor of islands of coops forming in the sea of capitalism, and eventually they all join up.
My parents met in a library, working as librarians.
I find that really nice.
Save some small piece of grassland for a red kite on a windy day.
As abstracts go, this is a pretty good one.
"The text proposes questions for an information culture like ours facing technological and informational calamity. [...]This article examines the external world that makes living in an internal virtual world necessary, then explores the issue of whether the Librarian is a harmful or beneficial creation, and finally considers the Librarian as a force for civility."
Still not found a happy medium between indieweb and Mastodon. I've been neglecting my own website for a while and mostly just posting on Mastodon.
Think I'll go through and do some retroactive backporting/PESOS (https://indieweb.org/PESOS)
I like having my posts on my site, kind of as a backup, and also it's a lot easier to search through old posts.
Here's a short prezi I made on Platcap vs Platcoop for a talk at our Platform Cooperativism Japan group. http://prezi.com/pn86xqoveddr/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share
Google's diversity numbers are still dismal https://www.wired.com/story/googles-employee-diversity-numbers-havent-really-improved/ I don't even know what people truly expect. Nothing is going to change in any significant way. The ruling class likes things the way they are. This is just theater.
Anyone in Tokyo tonight? Journey to the End of the Night: dash around the city and complete challenges at five checkpoints while evading pursuit.
We have over 250 people registered. It's free! We've been organizing for months!
Good bit of municipal action here: "the scheme gives citizens the opportunity to be reimbursed for up to 50 % of repair costs amounting to a maximum of 100 EUR per year"