"we decided to build a low-tech, self-hosted, and solar-powered version of Low-tech Magazine"

I respect a website that's prepared to go offline when it gets too cloudy.


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@neil its even more short sighted as a return to sustainable manufacturing within Europe if done well could bring *together* native young adults who have practical skills but aren't as academic who currently struggle to get employment, as well as the various migrant communities. This has all been done before, and it worked fairly well!

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@neil I suspect theres a worse reason for the opposition from UK, DE and IT than just Euroscepticism (ofc bad in itself!)

All 3 countries have remnants of a once thriving manufacturing industry that has let itself become dependent on producing cheap disposable crap (basically final assembly of items sourced from lower labour cost countries) and there is no will from profit driven companies and neoliberal governments to (re)invest in training and support economies based on repair/reuse..

@vfrmedia I think you're quite right - there has been opposition and lobbying from manufacturers against it.

The EU may throw out 2+ years' work on creating better product standards for longer-lasting products, specifically appliances and electronics.

"A massive opportunity to transform our throw-away economy is about to be lost."

Don't let it happen - if you're in the UK or Germany (countries that are block), please sign and share one of these petitions!



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Talks about the problem with Amazon not only cornering markets, but actually *becoming* the marketplace. $1 of every $2 dollars spent online is through Amazon. It's anti-trust and should be broken up into retail and marketplace. Amazon also starting to move into local government procurement.


Thoughts on pros of local vs national/global businesses. Not too fond of the argument that more small businesses means more competition means better services. Good argument that local business have a more nuanced take on local issues. Also that nationalising big businesses doesn't automatically make them better for society - it's the scale that is wrong.

Stacy Mitchell, co-director of Institute for Local Self-Reliance.


@caribou Don't know a huge amount about either but I kind of feel they're in the middle somewhere. Taken at face value, I found what they put in their newsletter surprisingly progressive. Whether it's greenwashing or not, who knows. If they're profit-driven in structure, there's undoubtedly going to be a point where they sell out. Probably somewhere around the time when decentralisation gets far enough to challenge their existence as an organisation..

@caribou Oh I somehow managed to completely missed that, is it this what you're referring to? bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south- Are Good Energy involved?

@strypey @bhaugen @KevinMarks @cwebber Hmm, interesting. From what I've seen, I'd say that's not completely the case. Perhaps anti a monolithic standard, yeah, and pro a Unix philosophy for the web kind of approach, but not a desire to educate the general world about that and a need for everyone to understand the building blocks. The main proselytizing I see is about the perils of consolidation of your personal data on centralised silos.

Could just be reading my own values in though :)

@strypey @bhaugen @KevinMarks @cwebber


a) indieweb actively does *not* want to be by developers, for developers
b) it currently mostly is
c) this is recognised, and there are initiatives for it not to be, micro.blog fitting into that category.

An Italian friend told me that there is some bad blood from some towards the co-ops in Emilia Romagna, and that the sentiment in Trentino area is more sanguine.

Don't know about that. But this is a nice little video about Trentino and the pros and cons of the coop movement there:


CW: cheesy production values

"If the cost of gas from a West Siberian giant goes up, so too does the cost of electricity from a lone wind turbine on an independent West Yorkshire farm. It’s how the energy market works, or doesn’t work, depending on your point of view."


@kdsch "university" as in coherent facilitator of higher education.

I was thinking distributed more as in geographically, not necessarily in knowledge of a subject. Also more from a technical infrastructure perspective - i.e. instances communicating with each other, not a centralised platform such as the existing MOOCs.

I am completely OK with subject-matter experts, mentoring others in a particular domain. Though with fluidity in that a professor in one area would be a student in another.

I'm impressed by latest newsletter from Good Energy (UK energy provider). A lot of talk about decentralisation of energy.

"We're enslaved to a centralised system that has a bias towards big. Big countries. Big governments. Big industries."

"we continue to lead the dramatic shift towards decentralised energy. Our role will evolve, moving from power supply to help customers [...] sell - or give - surplus energy to others."

Good stuff.

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@bhaugen That sounds very interesting, I'd be interested to learn more about P2P economic networks and explore how they could work from an indieweb viewpoint.

@bhaugen I think they can certainly play well together. A big plus I've seen of indieweb is the willingness to 'bridge' to other communities and protocols. As evidenced by Bridgy and Bridgy Fed as mentioned for example.

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