Please read this thread. #COVID19 https://twitter.com/DaniOliver/status/1279155358666305541
in capitalist tech: massive user growth ---> lots of money (funding) available --> pay fancy people to do fancy scaling things
in community project: massive user growth ---> aaaah everything is really chaotic now, there are loads of tasks that nobody wants to (or can) do... it's like actual work!! I thought this was meant to be fun...
the solution to me is to scale out, not up, federate don't grow. but still, people seem more focused on big ideas that need to scale up to be successful.
I get very exhausted when people use their knowledge about how things are done in the big tech / surveillance capitalism (or maybe just "capitalist") world, and try and apply it in totally different domains, like community-focused volunteer projects.
Almost all the implicit assumptions don't hold.
Capitalist projects have a lot of resources to solve problems because they are willing to engage in destructive and extractive behaviours.
If we remove that part, the equation massively changes.
social.coop tech, widening server access
We need to give more people access to the social.coop server (and related accounts) so they can participate more fully in the tech group.
loomio polls now online --> https://www.loomio.org/d/jrbG5tue/server-access
I created it within the tech loomio subgroup, but would welcome any eligible (don't ask me to define that!) social.coop member to participate. It's not just a tech topic...
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?"
We've been asked if we could quickly implement new features in #Liberapay so that it could replace #Bountysource, which has been doing shady things. We can't and we don't want to. Encouraging people to pay for a specific issue to be solved is problematic, it creates bad incentives instead of providing stable funding for the proper maintenance and development of a project. If you still think bounties are a good idea, then you can try to revive https://freedomsponsors.org/
I find it so hard to assess the moral/ethical/political/social/economic frameworks a given project is aligned with.
Something might describe itself with a salad of nice words, a co-created, circular, regenerative, community, citizen-led, something or other...
Then I dig into it further and find it's still uncritical of economic growth as a goal. Pfffft. Next. Oh, and put those nice words back where you found them.
@bram hey, I'm trying to assess RedBaron vs bowler for renaming one of the core type names in a project (https://karrot.world - making a "pickup" the more general purpose "activity") - I found this brief old hn comment from the bowler author (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=17989092), but I see it's moved on since then (py3.7 support).
Would appreciate any input on how to decide! Maybe there is a comparison somewhere I didn't find...
Y’all: Don’t loot Target because someone has to pay for that🤧.
The CEO of Target: I completely support the protests and am literally a billionaire. I could rebuild those stores ten times over.
Y’all: OK, well it’s not fair bc what about Lee Rigby?
Lee Rigby’s family: We do not support the use of Lee’s case to silence the Black Lives Matter protests as we support them and the two aren’t comparable as one is an extremist attack and one is police brutality.
Y’all at a party or on the beach: OK, well what about the infection risk?
Disease experts and health experts: *write an open letter to the public supporting the protests as they say “racism is a much deadlier and long lasting health epidemic than covid 19”*.
Y’all: The cases in America are already spiking.
Actual doctors: The time for symptoms to develop is 7-14 days so that spike is actually because of your parties, beach days, and protests that you couldn’t get a haircut.
social.coop tech meeting
Next meeting is tonight! (Wednesday 10th June). Sorry for short notice reminder.
12:30 West Coast USA
15:30 East Coast USA
21:30 Central Europe
Pad is https://codi.kanthaus.online/social.coop?edit - please add your agenda points to there. Call link in the pad.
John Oliver at his best: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2010&v=Wf4cea5oObY&feature=emb_logo
An important thing Atenea pointed out to me: Racism is an issue not of morality, but of power. No one really cares if you like black people or don't like black people. They care that there is a system in place of dehumanizing and harming black people. Reflecting on whiteness and bias in yourself is valuable, but it's not as valuable as dismantling racist systems. Give money away, organize with your black co-workers against your boss, win battles in the public domain.
UK-centric racism reading list:
❗ so if anyone's got resources/articles on
- (recognising and dismantling) power structures within the leftist scene
- effective communication
- conflict resolution
- structuring of (intentional) communities, from day-to-day living to meetings and decision-making
please do share, I'll do my own research and post what I find #rebelScholar
#academia #activism #anarchism #intentionalcommunities #squatting #communication
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