I'm looking for literature (articles, blog posts, books) that covers "succession planning" for IT/sysadmin in activist groups. Like, for a volunteer group, what happens if your IT person just leaves? What are best practices so that the group isn't locked out of their web hosting etc (simply through lack of information rather than malice on the previous IT person's fault)

youtube.com/watch?v=OoIcsj9ysv addresses some of those points, showing an increase in "deaths of despair" and the details hidden inside national averages.

...also makes the point of ideologically motivated selective fact sharing... a few facts are rarely the whole story.

Still though, this is all a very narrow view. Would also like to factor in the environmental impact too (China is the country that had biggest poverty change, but probably also biggest environmental change too?).

Also, getting out of poverty isn't the end of the story - plenty of empty despairing lives await. Has that gone up or down?

What about freedom from coercion? When I see "normal" society it seems highly coercive to me. Has that gone up or down?

I doubt much of this data is available.

Also interesting is this article explaining that in the period of the poverty reduction that both capitalism and state socialism grew ourworldindata.org/historical-

Hard to disentangle the two from that data.

(That site is part funded by Bill Gates Foundation, also part of y-combinator 2019 - so on the capitalist side of things)

I'm often wondering what to make of the claim that global poverty has dramatically reduced and the reason is capitalism. It's a heated area and I thought this article did a good job of exploring some of the viewpoints vox.com/future-perfect/2019/2/

I bought Hickel's book as I appreciate his perspective to widen the discussion into colonialism. I am a little wary of him being one sided though.

@neil which various lefty blogs? 😀

Yeah, I might still flick the Guardian for that use-case. I don't think I really need to know the daily goings on though, the longer arcs/narratives seem more important to focus on.

@paulfree14 I favourited as would like to read/understand the point, but hard to glance at it and get the gist.

Am far from convinced, would appreciate a concise/clear summary of that perspective.

From a brief flick, seemed a lot about failings of implementations of democracy, or democracy with huge numbers of people.

I made a list of non-Guardian media sources I can hopefully casually browse (although sometimes too long/intense for that use case).

Have started to read/watch to some extent:
- counterpunch.org/
- novaramedia.com/
- democracynow.org/

Also to look at a bit more, but not so much yet:
- blackagendareport.com/
- truthdig.com/
- telesurenglish.net/
- globalresearch.ca/

Also, maybe some more things from this nice media co-op themediafund.org/about-us/the-

@kawaiipunk I was browsing some EU stuff and saw mdpi.com/1424-8220/16/3/403 and airsenseur.org both from a few years ago, but maybe interesting re: your ideas about air quality monitoring stuff

@retro64XYZ @douginamug @kawaiipunk @bthall don't worry, kanthaus doesn't need a military/police force to get me to contribute financially 😘

wobbly, the workplace organising platform, is making v good progress! wobbly.app/

@gemlog thanks! and yup, english only for now...

Sounds interesting about the change in the guardian, have you got a link where I can read more into it?

I would like to stop casually reading The Guardian, specifically because of it's coverage of Corbyn, Brexit, and Venezuela (but also the luxury lifestyle bits, and the numerous meat recipes).

Any recommendations on what to read instead?

(use case: idle reading when I should be doing something else)

@paulfree14 @FNB_Japan we've been having a nice chat with a USA branch of FNB over on our community forum community.foodsaving.world/t/g

Come and say hi!

@paulfree14 another good effort would be federated hospex by adding federation to trustroots :)

it would be a big project, and complicated, but probably less complicated than doing it for foodsharing.de.

.. and if the project does not want federation right now, could consider a fork.

again, not a project for me, for now.

@paulfree14 I wouldn't directly put effort into that myself (too much other stuff to do), but would support serious/pragmatic contributions from others in that direction.

I think federation is more about the organisation layer rather than tech (although both essential) so would benefit from co-ordination from fs organisers before jumping into code.

Woo! We finally got foodsharing.de open source, after 2 or 3 years - and have 30 contributors listed now gitlab.com/foodsharing-dev/foo

feel a great moment!

@codl @liaizon at least for bike touring / camping purposes openstreetmap apps are way way better than google maps. no competition at all. but not so user friendly.

.. for your bakery use case though, for sure, google maps wins hands down.

@h @tao hopefully!

... but it wouldn't be the first project to deliver big claims, have lots of rounds of PR/interviews/etc, then fail to get the software built.

The idea and the code need to be aligned at least. They are mutually dependent, and building decent software outside of normal economics is surprisingly hard.

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