Karrot is a free open source platform for sharing real life resources (for example excess food, to prevent it going to waste).

You can follow the project at:

➑️ @karrot

The main instance is at karrot.world

You can find the source code at github.com/yunity

(The emphasis is on food, but the platform can be used to share anything.)

#Karrot #Activism #CoOp #CoOperative #FoodSharing #FoodAndDrink #FoodWaste #Food #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #NGOs #Environment

@mike_hales I'm not actually far from Brighton now, so in the spirit of hooking up with a kindred spirit, I would cycle that way and suggest to hang out and chat more about this, but alas my route/schedule will take me up to London instead.

Hope that gives a bit more help/understanding/context!

5/5 done!

@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

@mike_hales one aspect I increasingly feel is to not put my longing for our salvation in the tooling (or any one thing). The transition into another way is a deep process, and I want to avoid the sense that if we make Just The Right Tool that it will lead us there :)

There is a lot of learning we've got from how the groups use Karrot, which isn't visible externally as much as would be nice, although we're hoping to get some of that work supported one day.


@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

@mike_hales I think we might need to grow towards the friends/kinship aspect, as an important part of the wider network. The pathway between that and focused organising is an important bit to understand.

What can happen is groups organise on general purpose chat platforms, and if they want to organise more specifically, they move to corporate/domination-based tooling that does not embody their values.

That's what we try to be an alternative for.


@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

@mike_hales it might be that the time you spent in Karrot was in the "meta" groups, which perhaps are people who are exploring and networking around ideas and this kinship thing?

But the actual groups themselves are often doing some very effective commons resource organising, of which Karrot is just one tool available they might use.


@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

@mike_hales to my mind, we exactly focus on many of your critiques of the green networks :) ...

It's not primarily a chat platform, but a more-specific-organising tool, "who is going to do what when", accountability around that, democratic agreement features, conflict resolution, roles, understanding how people come in/leave the group, become responsible, step back...

We're evolving an understanding of how groups can organise in a commons/democratic way.


@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

@Matt_Noyes indeed, we are not *in* the fediverse (only have an account *on* it @karrot).

Our next work is to look at "breaking the silo", understanding they are not closed groups of specific people, but in a wider network, with fluid, permeable boundaries between "in" and "out".

The fedi potentially supports that, but the people are on Telegram/WhatsApp. I like the idea of public shareable links for more open access (like etherpads and jitsi use).

@bhaugen @organizingInFedi @mike_hales

@mike_hales can I check you're referring the Karrot that is accessible at karrot.world ? I can't relate to your description very easily, so firstly I actually wonder if it's a different thing entirely you came across! If it is the same Karrot, then I'd be very interested to hear what gave you that impression? Thanks!

@bhaugen @organizingInFedi

We've been having a bit of a summer (well, autumn soon) pause for Karrot, especially as I (@nicksellen) have been on a bike tour 🚲 πŸ•οΈ

BUT we have very exciting news! πŸ“°

We're through to the next round of the nlnet funding thing we applied for πŸ€‘ πŸ’° πŸ’Έ

Will be bigger celebration if we get all the way, but nice to celebrate for now! 🎈 🍾

Found an interesting free eBook site. Standard eBooks takes public domain books from sites like Gutenberg and Internet Archives an then gives them a massage; typeography, spelling check, real metadata, modern eBook formats and more.

Here is a link to Henry George,'s , 1881 'Progress and Poverty'. George was an influential economist and proposed a single tax on private property, to fund public transportation and a basic income.


See also: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progress

I'm using the wordpress activitypub plugin, posting over at @nick - but despite choosing to only use the excerpt and permalink as the activitypub content, it posts the whole post without formatting, and it looks a mess.

I am using the "more" block in each of my posts, usually after the first paragraph, and I'd assumed that "excerpt" is the bit before the "more" block?

any ideas?

@MinimalClick @dazinism I'm planning to keep cycling until it's too cold to be pleasant, so no big hurry. Maybe mid/end October will be ok.

@dazinism @MinimalClick especially being in Bath... Well, I'm currently in a forest in Germany, but cycling my way back to Bath :)

I started a journey to fetch my bike that I had to abandon in Germany last year! πŸš΄πŸ•οΈ

The first part is a campervan trip 🚐, then will migrate to a bike trip later.

Updates will be over on my new travel blog travels.nicksellen.co.uk (easier for non-fedi people) πŸ“

But you can also follow in here via @nick (thanks to activity pub wordpress plugin β™₯️)

Will be happy for comments! (First level fedi replies come through as comments on the blog) πŸ—£οΈ

@nick@travels.nicksellen.co.uk ah they got sent to spam... has it learnt now? does it even learn?

@nick@travels.nicksellen.co.uk this comment should make it's way to me, where is it??

@nick@travels.nicksellen.co.uk ok cross posting probably doesn't work, because I will post from the mobile app... and the hooks aren't called?

@nick@travels.nicksellen.co.uk not a reply to a reply....

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