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I just published a delightful conversation with @FreeScholar. She shares her experiences with @agaric, cooperativism, free software, and much more.

Listen and/or read here:


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Analysis of the decline of social democracy focuses too much on policies and not enough on organising methods.

The analysis of organising methods focuses too much on unions and not enough on the equally important role that cooperative and mutual businesses used to play.

The three pillars of Labour organising, that were most successfully implemented in the Nordic countries consisted of organising:

- Workers into unions
- Consumers into cooperatives
- Voters into social democratic parties

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Wikimedia is hiring a Site Reliability Engineer that will work closely with my team(s)!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Boosts appreciated :)

@flancian Agreed, yep - I don't know much about it, but I can imagine complexity probably is/was a big problem with uptake of the semantic web.

I like sister sites as a simple approach to a similar thing, or on Agora how you pull nodes together if they have the same title.

I guess in a simple sense, just basic hyperlinks give a bit of a hint as to what the page is concerning itself with. I guess then semantic web aimed to layer some more meaning on top of those links.

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@Matt_Noyes @neil @mike_hales I think the same could be said about free software. Both coops and free software are non capitalist, but in and of themselves aren't a strategy to end capitalism or even a real threat to the capitalist system. In the worst vein, they provide a strategy for a privileged few to avoid some exploitative aspects of capitalism. There is enormous potential to organize within these movements to actively struggle against capitalism. But I'm not sure how to do this.

Interview with Omana George of Electronics Watch.

She discusses some of the problems in electronics supply chains, and the general anti-union and anti-organising practices of tech firms.

@Matt_Noyes Thanks Matt for the context. As a coop newb it's good to know what are the common critiques and possible shortcomings (and the responses to them).

Interesting critique of worker coops. Main argument seems to be that they remove people from union organising and class struggle.

"cooperatives retreat from the direct struggle between workers and owners to instead build worker-owners."

Not sure I get it... thoughts?

Anyone know bHive?

I like the general idea (local social networks) and that it is/will be owned by members, but seems a shame it's not built on / integrates with existing tech?

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At "proofing future, bridging people + ideas" we just published an interview with @lynnfoster about her collaborative work "Enabling Citizen-Power into the Circular Textiles Sector":

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I just published a fun interview with @angibangi in which she talks about her experience with bike co-ops. 🚴🏼‍♂️

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Today, webinar on Worker Co-ops: How to get started. £20.

"We live in a world of increasing inequality, exploitation, and a fixation on growth at all costs. We need new forms of business and there are a growing number of co-operatives that are owned and controlled primarily for the benefit of their workers"

Nice interview with Common Knowledge about what it's like to start and run a worker coop (tech coop in this case)

"Like its near-neighbour Preston, Salford's left-leaning council has put socialist policies into practice at a local level – and been rewarded with public housing, well-paying jobs, insourcing and a greener city."

@ton Thanks for the really kind thought of checking in :)

Life got busy and I've been focusing a little more on 'personal life management' I would say, over PKM, to keep myself on top of things.

Trying to get in the habit of my personal todo list being the thing I check first before anything else, at least for now.

Interestingly though I've been using a private wiki for some of this too, with the same tools.

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